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Capone-N-Noreaga is a rap act that consists of Capone (Kiam Holley) and Noreaga (Victor Santiago). The two grew up in bad neighborhoods in Queensbridge and LeFrak City, and met each other in jail in 1992. Their debut album, The War Report, was released in 1997 while Noreaga was serving another prison sentence.


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Their debut album, The War Report, was released in 1997 while Noreaga was serving another prison sentence. In the process, he went from a niche audience to worldwide fame. The two grew up in bad neighborhoods in Queensbridge and LeFrak City, and met each other in jail in 1992. He left behind his classic formulation of rhythm and blues to sing country music, pop songs, and soft-drink commercials. Capone-N-Noreaga is a rap act that consists of Capone (Kiam Holley) and Noreaga (Victor Santiago). From the time of his switch from straight rhythm and blues with a combo, Charles was often accused of selling out. MTV biography ( The saying was, "To be a Raelet, you've got to let Ray.".

In a 60 Minutes profile, he admitted to Ed Bradley that he "auditioned" his female back-up singers. A notorious ladies' man, Charles was married twice and fathered twelve children by seven different women. In response to criticism, his manager, Roy Adams, commented: "For that kind of money he would have sung "America the Beautiful" at a Ku Klux Klan rally.". president Ronald Reagan's second inaugural ball.

The United Nations agency supporting the boycott asked him to apologize and promise not to visit South Africa until the abolition of apartheid to which he responded that they could "kindly kiss (my) far end." Despite having described himself as a "Hubert Humphrey Democrat," Charles accepted $100,000 to perform "America the Beautiful" at former U.S. He faced pickets in South Africa and in 15 North American cities he toured subsequently including Albany, Los Angeles, New York and Toronto. Despite his support of Martin Luther King, Jr., in the 1960s and his support for the civil rights movement, Charles courted controversy when he toured South Africa in 1981 despite an international boycott of the country because of its apartheid policy. He is also a member of the Blues Foundation Hall of Fame, the Blues Hall of Fame, the Songwriters' Hall of Fame, the Grammy Hall of Fame, the Jazz Hall of Fame, the Georgia Music Hall of Fame, the Florida Artists Hall of Fame, and the Playboy Hall of Fame.

He was an original inductee into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. The film's credits note that he is survived by 12 children, 21 grandchildren, and five great grandchildren. Charles was able to "see" the completed film, but he died before it opened in theaters. For two hours, Charles challenged Foxx, who revealed the depth of his talent, and finally, Charles stood up, hugged himself, and proclaimed, "He's the one...he can do it," thus giving his blessing.

Before shooting could begin, however, director Taylor Hackford brought Foxx to meet Charles, who heard that the younger man was an accomplished pianist and insisted that they sit down at two pianos and jam. Foxx won the 2005 Best Actor Academy Award for the role. Charles was significantly involved in the critically-acclaimed biopic Ray, an October 2004 film which portrays his life and career between 1930 and 1966 and stars actor Jamie Foxx as Charles. Unlike a similar Frank Sinatra album, the duets were recorded face-to-face, with both performers in the studio at the same time.

King, Van Morrison, Willie Nelson, James Taylor, Elton John, Bonnie Raitt, Diana Krall, Norah Jones, and Johnny Mathis. His final album, Genius Loves Company, released after his death, consists of duets with various admirers and contemporaries, including B.B. He was interred in the Inglewood Park Cemetery in Inglewood, California. He died at age 73 of liver disease at his home in Beverly Hills, California, surrounded by family and friends.

Ray Charles' final public appearance came on April 30, 2004, at the dedication of his music studio as an historic landmark in the city of Los Angeles. He performed "Georgia On My Mind" and "America the Beautiful," though the singer was a bit slower and had some more vocal difficulty than in his younger days. One of Charles' last public performances was in 2003 at a televised annual electronic media journalist banquet held in Washington, DC. Their song "Here We Go Again" was nominated for Best Song.

They won Album of the year and record of the year. In 2004 he did a new album, Genius Loves Company, with Norah Jones which got nominated in the Grammy Awards for Best Pop Vocal Album, Album of the year and Record of the year. He also appeared (with Chaka Khan) on long time friend Quincy Jones' hit I'll Be Good To You in 1991. These included the INXS song "Please (You've Got That...)," on the Full Moon, Dirty Hearts album, as well as the theme song for Designing Women in its sixth season.

In this highly successful advertising campaign, Charles popularized the catchphrase "You've got the right one, baby!" At the height of his newfound fame in the early nineties, Charles did guest vocals for quite a few projects. Charles performed the song, "Always a Friend." Charles' new connection with audiences helped secure a spokesmanship for Diet Pepsi. In 1987, Charles guest-starred in the episode "Hit the Road, Chad," of Who's the Boss. In 1986, he collaborated with Billy Joel on "Baby Grand" for Joel's album The Bridge.

Cast members used the song to perform a wildly popular lip-synch that helped the show secure its wide viewership. In 1985, "Night Time is the Right Time" was featured in the episode "Happy Anniversary" of The Cosby Show. In the late 1980s, a number of events increased Ray's recognition among young audiences. He also had success with his unique version of "America the Beautiful." In 1980 Charles made a musical cameo appearance in The Blues Brothers.

He concentrated largely on live performances, although his version of "Georgia On My Mind," a Hoagy Carmichael song originally written for a girl named Georgia, was a hit and soon was proclaimed the state song of Georgia, with Charles performing it on the floor of the state legislature. After the 1960s, Charles' releases were hit-or-miss, with some massive hits and critically acclaimed work, and some music that was dismissed as unoriginal and staid. He spent a year on parole and defiantly released Ashford and Simpson's "Lets Go Get Stoned." (1966). It was his third arrest for the offense, but he avoided prison time after kicking the habit in a clinic in Los Angeles.

In 1965, Charles was arrested for possession of heroin, a drug to which he had been addicted for seventeen years. At ABC, Charles had a great deal of control over his music, and broadened his approach, not on experimental side projects, but with out and out pop music, resulting in such hits as "Unchain My Heart" and "Hit the Road, Jack." In 1962, Charles surprised his new, broad audience with his landmark album Modern Sounds in Country and Western Music, which included the numbers "I Can't Stop Loving You" and "You Don't Know Me." This was followed by a series of hits, including "You Are My Sunshine," "Crying Time," "Busted" and "Unchain My Heart.". Then, he did move on, to ABC Records. He recorded with large orchestras and with jazz artists like Milt Jackson and even made his first country music cover with Hank Snow's "I'm Movin' On.".

Charles had already begun to go beyond the limits of his blues-gospel synthesis while still at Atlantic, which now called him The Genius. This album also features the first public performance of "What'd I Say." It broke out as a hit in Atlanta from the tape, months before it was recorded in the studio in a two-part version with better fidelity. After an appearance at the Newport Jazz Festival he achieved mainstream success with "(The Night Time is) The Right Time" and his signature song, "What'd I Say." The essence of this phase of his career can be heard on his live album Ray Charles In Person, recorded before a mostly African-American audience in Atlanta in 1958. Solomon Burke and Little Richard also moved between the two styles.

See Thomas A. Dorsey, one of the founders of gospel music, who also had a significant career in secular music. Although Charles was criticized for singing gospel songs with secular lyrics, there is a long tradition of putting religious lyrics to popular songs and vice versa. He had another hit with the rap-like urban jive of "It Should Have Been Me," but went into high gear with the gospel drive of "I Got A Woman." (1955) This was followed by "This Little Girl of Mine," "Drown in My Own Tears," "Hallelujah I Love Her So," and "Lonely Avenue," half of them gospel songs converted with secular lyrics, and the others blues ballads. His first hit in this mode was "Mess Around," which was based on the 1929 classic "Pinetop's Boogie Woogie" by Pinetop Smith and written by Ahmet Ertegun, his producer at Atlantic Records.

For example, Charles controversially adapted secular lyrics to many gospel songs, and then played them with jazz backgrounds. After joining Atlantic Records, Charles' sound became more original. He toured with Lowell Fulson and worked with Guitar Slim and Ruth Brown. While his first recordings were only skillful imitations of his heroes, Charles' music soon became more innovative.

Early influences on his work were Nat King Cole (both his vocals and piano playing) and Charles Brown. After he left school, Charles began working as a musician in Florida, eventually moving to Seattle, Washington in 1947. He soon started recording, achieving his first hit song with "Baby, Let Me Hold Your Hand" (1951). While he was there, his mother, who had raised him, died. Augustine, Florida as a charity case; he learned how to read Braille, as well as to write music and play various instruments.

Augustine School for the Deaf and the Blind in St. He attended school at the St. Just before his eyes began to fail, he had seen his younger brother, George, drown in a washtub. He said that the causes were undiagnosed, but many believe it was as a result of glaucoma.

Charles began going blind at around age five and was totally blind by age seven. He was born Ray Charles Robinson in Albany, Georgia, shortening his name when he entered show business to avoid confusion with boxer Sugar Ray Robinson. Ray Charles Robinson (September 23, 1930 – June 10, 2004), commonly known as Ray Charles, was a pioneering pianist and soul singer who helped shape the sound of rhythm and blues and brought a soulful sound to everything from country music to pop standards to a now-iconic rendition of "America the Beautiful." Frank Sinatra has called him "the only genius in the business". Doubleday; (October 1, 1978).

Brother Ray: Ray Charles' Own Story by Ray Charles & David Ritz (Da Capo, ISBN 0306813351). (2004) Genius Loves Company. (1991) The Birth of Soul: The Complete Atlantic Rhythm and Blues Recordings. (1962) Modern Sounds in Country and Western Music.

(1959) The Genius of Ray Charles. Download OGG sample of "What'd I Say". Anything I’ve fantasized about, I’ve done." — (Los Angeles Times, 1989). "The fact of the matter is, you don’t give up what’s natural.

If I’m trying to sing something and I can’t get it, I’m going to keep at it until I get where I want it." — (Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel, 1998). If there’s something I want to do, I’m one of those people that won’t be satisfied until I get it done. That comes from my mom. "Do it right or don’t do it at all.

I got a lot of criticism for it." — (San Jose Mercury News, 1994). It was very controversial. It had this holiness and preachy tone to it. "When I started to sing like myself — as opposed to imitating Nat Cole, which I had done for a while — when I started singing like Ray Charles, it had this spiritual and churchy, this religious or gospel sound.

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