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RAY CHARLES 1930-2004 Inducted 1986 Influenced by a wide range of musical styles, including blues, boogie-woogie, big-band swing, gospel and country Early.

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1 RAY CHARLES Inducted 1986 Influenced by a wide range of musical styles, including blues, boogie-woogie, big-band swing, gospel and country Early style was influenced by the polished style of Nat “King” Cole and Charles Brown – marked by restraint in vocals, piano playing, and arrangement Signed with upstart independent record label Atlantic Records in 1952

2 ATLANTIC RECORDS Achieved success at Atlantic during the late- 1950s: “I Got a Woman,” “Hallelujah I Love Her So,” “Drown in My Own Tears,” “What’d I Say.” Atlantic showcased Charles’ new sound - performing gospel songs as if they were rhythm and blues songs This style would be known as SOUL MUSIC

3 FROM GOSPEL TO SOUL Call-and-response Emotional lyric style Energetic boogie woogie piano line Dynamic (rather than static) chord progressions Punctuated horn arrangements Adding secular lyrics to gospel hymns

4 RAY CHARLES’ GOSPEL INFLUENCES “This Little Light of Mine” Clara Ward & the Ward Singers (1952) “This Little Girl of Mine” (1955) “Lonely Avenue” (1956) “How Jesus Died” The Pilgrim Travelers (1956) “I Got a Woman” 1954 “It Must Be Jesus” The Southern Tones (1954)


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