"I never wanted to be famous. I only wanted to be great."

  • Born Ray Charles Robinson on Sept. 23, 1930, in Albany, Georgia. Died June 10, 2004, in Beverly Hills, California
     
  • Ray Charles' 1960 hit "Georgia On My Mind" was the first of his three career No. 1 hits. His 1962 album, Modern Sounds In Country And Western Music, became his first album to top the Billboard 200.
     
  • Charles won his first four career GRAMMYs at the 3rd GRAMMY Awards, including Best Vocal Performance Album, Male and Best Rhythm & Blues Performance for The Genius Of Ray Charles and "Let The Good Times Roll," respectively.
     
  • In 1967 he performed "Crying Time" on "The Best On Record," a TV special commemorating the 9th GRAMMY Awards, marking his GRAMMY stage debut.
     
  • Did you know? Charles was an accomplished chess player, and used a special board with raised squares and holes for the chess pieces in order to play.
     
  • Charles was honored with a Recording Academy Lifetime Achievement Award in 1987; 10 of his recordings have been inducted into the GRAMMY Hall Of Fame.
     
  • Founded in 1986, the Ray Charles Foundation provides support in the area of hearing disorders, in addition to stewarding donations and support to institutions and organizations for educational purposes.

 

Ray Charles

"I never wanted to be famous. I only wanted to be great."

  • Born Ray Charles Robinson on Sept. 23, 1930, in Albany, Georgia. Died June 10, 2004, in Beverly Hills, California
     
  • Ray Charles' 1960 hit "Georgia On My Mind" was the first of his three career No. 1 hits. His 1962 album, Modern Sounds In Country And Western Music, became his first album to top the Billboard 200.
     
  • Charles won his first four career GRAMMYs at the 3rd GRAMMY Awards, including Best Vocal Performance Album, Male and Best Rhythm & Blues Performance for The Genius Of Ray Charles and "Let The Good Times Roll," respectively.
     
  • In 1967 he performed "Crying Time" on "The Best On Record," a TV special commemorating the 9th GRAMMY Awards, marking his GRAMMY stage debut.
     
  • Did you know? Charles was an accomplished chess player, and used a special board with raised squares and holes for the chess pieces in order to play.
     
  • Charles was honored with a Recording Academy Lifetime Achievement Award in 1987; 10 of his recordings have been inducted into the GRAMMY Hall Of Fame.
     
  • Founded in 1986, the Ray Charles Foundation provides support in the area of hearing disorders, in addition to stewarding donations and support to institutions and organizations for educational purposes.

 

GRAMMY Award Results for Ray Charles

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Wins
Record Of The Year
Here We Go Again
Album Of The Year
Genius Loves Company
Best Pop Collaboration With Vocals
Here We Go Again
Best Pop Vocal Album
Genius Loves Company
Best Gospel Performance
Heaven Help Us All
Nominations
Best Pop Collaboration With Vocals
Sorry Seems To Be The Hardest Word
Best Traditional R&B Vocal Performance
Sinner's Prayer
 
Nominations
Best Historical Album
Ray Charles - The Complete Country And Western Recordings (1959-1986) (Album)
 
Wins
Best R&B Vocal Performance, Male
A Song For You
 
Wins
Best R&B Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocal
I'll Be Good To You
 
Nominations
Best Jazz Vocal Performance, Duo Or Group
Save The Bones For Henry Jones (Track)
 
Wins
Lifetime Achievement Award
(lifetime Achievement Award)
 
Nominations
Best Country Vocal Performance, Male
Born To Love Me (Single)
 
Nominations
Best R&B Vocal Performance, Male
Some Enchanted Evening (Single)
 
Nominations
Best R&B Vocal Performance, Male
I Can See Clearly Now (Single)
Best Jazz Vocal Performance
True To Life (Album)
 
Nominations
Best Jazz Vocal Performance
Porgy And Bess (Album)
 
Wins
Best R&B Vocal Performance, Male
Living For The City
 
Nominations
Best R&B Vocal Performance, Male
What Have They Done To My Song Ma (Single)
 
Nominations
Best R&B Vocal Performance, Male
Doing His Thing (Single)
 
Nominations
Best Vocal Performance, Male
Yesterday (Single)
Best Contemporary Single
Yesterday (Single)
Best Contemporary Male Solo Vocal Performance
Yesterday (Single)
 
Wins
Best Rhythm & Blues Recording
Crying Time
Best Rhythm & Blues Solo Vocal Performance, Male Or Female
Crying Time
 
Wins
Best Rhythm & Blues Recording
Busted
Nominations
Best Vocal Performance, Male
Busted (Single)
 
Wins
Best Rhythm & Blues Recording
I Can't Stop Loving You
Nominations
Record Of The Year
I Can't Stop Loving You (Single)
Album Of The Year (Other Than Classical)
Modern Sounds In Country And Western Music, Vol. I (Album)
Best Solo Vocal Performance, Male
I Can't Stop Loving You (Album)
 
Wins
Best Rhythm & Blues Recording
Hit The Road Jack
Nominations
Album Of The Year (Other Than Classical)
Genius + Soul = Jazz (Album)
 
Wins
Best Vocal Performance Single Record Or Track, Male
Georgia On My Mind
Best Vocal Performance Album, Male
The Genius Of Ray Charles
Best Performance By A Pop Single Artist
Georgia On My Mind
Best Rhythm & Blues Performance
Let The Good Times Roll
Nominations
Record Of The Year
Georgia On My Mind (Single)