Ray Charles

Widely considered to be a musical genius, Ray Charles found success in nearly every conceivable genre of music, and also pioneered his own: soul. Despite being blind for nearly his entire life, and fighting a decades-long drug habit, Ray Charles still won multiple Grammy Awards, had a successful television and film career, and performed at two Presidential inaugurations. Please post all of your questions concerning this American legend into this category.

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What were the lasting effects on the soldiers of World War 1?

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shell shock Millions of men came home with out a leg, an arm, or blind, or deaf, or mentally broken due to the things they had to live through in the trenches. Others had their lives cut short through the effects of poison gas, and injuries due to blast, with collapsed lungs. Others came home whole in body, appearing normal, but with such serious nervous/mental conditions that they could not work, and were confined to mental hospitals for the rest of their lives. In addition, some were known to "See" combat zones in their normal areas. Ex: A man dove to the ground for cover when a boy rattled a stick on the fence. The veteran had thought it to be machine gun fire. The majority were able to resume their lives, but with various amounts of disability. It should be noted that most, especially on the Allied side, later believed the war to have been worthless.
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Did ray Charles perform in England?

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Yes, a frequent visitor. From 1963 to at leat 2001
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Did ray Charles get married?

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Ray married twice. Eileen Williams: July 31, 1951 to 1952, and Della Beatrice Howard Robinson from April 5, 1955 to 1977.
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What is the name of the African-American in the Gap commercial who sings and plays the piano?

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The newest Gap commercials have Common singing. Not sure if he plays a piano....I only saw it once.
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How many children did Charles Darwin have?

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Charles Darwin had 10 children, However 3 of them died in early age. Darwin was very sad about this.
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Did Ray Charles drown his brother?

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No...it was an accidental drowning
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Did ray charles go to jail?

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He was arrested and booked yes, but he served no actual prison sentence.
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Did ray Charles go to rehab?

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Yes, he went to rehab for his 20 year long heroin addiction.
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How did Ray Charles become blind?

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Its a long story.... here it goes. When Ray was 7, He went to the lake with his 5 year old brother. They were specifically told not to go in the lake, but his brother went in. When his brother got in, he got stuck in a quicksand pond. His brother didnt know anything about drowning, or death. He thought it was fun, and was smiling and he asked ray to join in, but ray knew not to. As his brother slowly went down, he was still smiling, his eyes were happy and gleeful. As he drowned, ray froze in fear. His eyes suddenley went funny, and he went blind.(when he was alive) he always wore sunglasses because his eyes were all wonky and funny. And that is how he went blind.And please do not trust me on this story, because, at my school, kalamunda primary, the music teacher MR KAN (i dont know how to spell it) told us that exact story. I dont really believe it but, he told all the classes he taught. maybe he is just a liar Subbmitted By Claire. This answer is not exactly correct, but it's a good story! Ray Charles was about 5 when his younger brother died. His brother died by drowning in a portable laundry tub. At the age of 7 he went blind by, supposedly, untreated glaucoma. Revised by nakeya kelley Acually you are both wrong he went blind looking into the microwave and eating pork Revised by pholloman
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What did ray Charles die from?

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he didn't die of cancer he dies of acute liver disease
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Why can't Ray Charles read?

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Because he was blind.
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Ray Charles religion's?

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He was a member of Shiloh Baptist Church and sang gospel music combined with the Blues and jazz.
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Did Ray Charles have a wife or children?

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He had two wives one was named Della Bea, potrayed in movie by Kerri Washington. He had three children with her. They were married for 12yrs. He fathered 12 children by 9 different women
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How did Ray Charles go blind?

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It seems that Ray Charles had glaucoma. He started to go blind when he was five, and completely lost his sight when he was seven. In an anecdote, Ray Charles suggested he went blind by looking at the sun too much. But he was diagnosed with glaucoma later in life.
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Who is Ray Charles?

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Ray Charles was a very famous black blind jazz pianist. see http://www.answers.com/Ray+Charles
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What happened to Della Beatrice Howard Robinson?

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Della was married to Ray Charles from 1955 until their divorce in 1977. She raised three of his children, and she is still living, although she is no longer in the public eye.
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What drug was ray Charles addicted to?

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Ray Charles was addicted to the drug Herion. His addiction soon got him arrested and a major lawsuit was pressed. He went for Rehabilitation and soon never did Herion again.
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Who was the lead female vocalist of 'Hit The Road Jack' with Ray Charles?

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The lead female vocalist in the song 'Hit the Road Jack' by Ray Charles was Margie Hendricks.
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What is an Academic Minor?

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academic minor is secondary degree requirements under your major which is your main specialization for example bachelors of science business administration degree human resources major marketing minor