Ray Charles Net Worth

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Ray Charles Net Worth
Net Worth:
$100 Million
Date of Birth
September 23, 1930
Place of Birth
Singer-songwriter, Musician, Jazz Pianist, Composer, Artist, Actor, Film Score Composer, Music Arranger, Music artist

The late singer and recording artist Ray Charles is one of the most revered musicians of the 20th century, and he had an estimated net worth of approximately $100 million to go along with his vaunted reputation. But he didn't always have a net worth like that – in fact, he came from incredibly humble and impoverished beginnings before he found huge success in the music industry. Due to glaucoma, Charles was completely blind before his 8th birthday. This didn't prevent him from getting an early start in music, though – he began playing in a band known as The Florida Playboys in Orlando and Tampa, FL. After this phase of his life, he eventually moved to Seattle (because it was the large city he considered farthest away from his Florida home). It was in 1953 that he scored his first big hit single after signing with Atlantic Records. "Mess Around" was not only popular in its day, but remains one of Charles' most popular songs. From there, Charles continued to get bigger and bigger, eventually being one of the first artists to have real crossover success in pop music. His star didn't stop rising there, though, eventually going on to host Saturday Night Live and appear in The Blues Brothers. While his personal life, as shown in the popular movie Ray, was not free of tumult, it's his music that will be most remembered as the years go on.

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Ray Charles Robinson was an American singer-songwriter, musician and composer known as Ray Charles and sometimes referred to as "The Genius". He was a pioneer in the genre of soul music during the 1950s by fusing rhythm and blues, gospel, and blues styles into early performa...
Singer-songwriter / Musician / Jazz Pianist / Composer / Artist / Actor / Film Score Composer / Music Arranger / Music artist
Date of Birth
  • September 23, 1930
  • Ray Charles Robinson
  • Brother Ray
  • The High Priest
  • The Genius of Soul
  • Raymond Charles Robinson
  • African American
  • 5 ft 8 in (1.75 m)
  • United States of America
  • United States of America
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Notable Appearances
  • Blue's Big Musical Movie
  • Love Affair
  • The Blues Brothers
  • Ballad in Blue
  • Spy Hard
    Bus Driver
  • The Extreme Adventures of Super Dave
    Ray Charles
  • Limit Up
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