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Also Known As: Died: June 10, 2004
Born: September 23, 1930 Cause of Death: complications from liver disease
Birth Place: Albany, Georgia, USA Profession: Music ...


In 1964, Ray Charles was arrested on drug charges and checked into a rehab center for heroin addiction

"Music's been around a long time, and there's going to be music long after Ray Charles is dead... I just want to make my mark, leave something musically good behind. If it's a big record, that's the frosting on the cake, but music's the main meal."---Charles to the Washington Post 1983

In 1979, Ray Charles' classic rendition of "Georgia On My Mind" was approved as the official Song of the State of Georgia.

December 16, 1981, Ray Charles received a Star on Hollywood Boulevard's "Walk of Fame"

In April, 1987, Ray Charles announced the formation of the (Ray Charles) Robinson Foundation for Hearing Disorders, with a personal endowment of $1 million

"Mr. Charles was conscious and engaged almost to the end, and wanted the world to know that he will miss the chance to entertain his many family and friends, as he had done, up until last summer, for the past 58 years."---Charles' manager Joe Adams June 11, 2004

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