Quotes by: Ray Charles

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Ray Charles
Ray Charles in 1990
Background information
Birth name Ray Charles Robinson
Born (1930-09-23)September 23, 1930
Albany, Georgia, U.S.[1]
Origin Greenville, Florida, U.S.
Died June 10, 2004(2004-06-10) (aged 73)
Beverly Hills, California, U.S.
Genres
R&B soul blues gospel country jazz pop rock and roll
Occupation(s) Musician, singer, songwriter, composer
Instruments Vocals, piano, keyboards
Years active 1947–2004
Labels Atlantic, ABC, Warner Bros., Swing Time, Concord, Columbia, Flashback
Associated acts The Raelettes, USA for Africa, Billy Joel, Gladys Knight
Website www.raycharles.com

My music had roots which I'd dug up from my own childhood, musical roots buried in the darkest soil.
Ray Charles
The fact of the matter is, you don't give up what's natural. Anything I've fantasized about, I've done.
Ray Charles
Mama was a country woman with a whole lot of common sense. She understood what most of our neighbors didn't - that I shouldn't grow dependent on anyone except myself. 'One of these days, I ain't gonna be here,' she kept hammering inside my head.
Ray Charles
I don't know what would have happened to me if I hadn't been able to hear.
Ray Charles
There are many spokes on the wheel of life. First, we're here to explore new possibilities.
Ray Charles
My version of 'Georgia' became the state song of Georgia. That was a big thing for me, man. It really touched me. Here is a state that used to lynch people like me suddenly declaring my version of a song as its state song. That is touching.
Ray Charles
There's nothing written in the Bible, Old or New testament, that says, 'If you believe in Me, you ain't going to have no troubles.'
Ray Charles
Any artist, when he goes in to record, should have the feeling that any song he records can be a hit. This may sound egotistical, but it makes sense.
Ray Charles
I did it to myself. It wasn't society... it wasn't a pusher, it wasn't being blind or being black or being poor. It was all my doing.
Ray Charles
I've always been the kind of person who, if there's anything that can kill me, I want to know something about it.
Ray Charles
I'm a firm believer in God himself, but that's as far as I can go. I'm not any denomination. I'm not Catholic or Presbyterian or Baptist or Methodist or Jewish or Muslim. I'm none of those things. And I'm sure that's just fine with God.
Ray Charles
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.
Ray Charles
People couldn't understand why my mama would have this blind kid out doing things like cutting wood for the fire. But her thing was: He may be blind, but he ain't stupid.
Ray Charles
I met Quincy Jones in Seattle. We were kids together... liked each other when we met and have been close ever since. He wasn't writing when we met - in fact, I more or less started him off to write; voicing, harmony, and stuff like that.
Ray Charles
I don't know about other writers, but for myself, to write I must be relatively quiet - it's very difficult to write with the telephone and the doorbell ringing and conversation going on; I'm not that good a writer to write through all that!
Ray Charles
To me, music is entertainment - what else can it be? In fact, it's the only language I know of that's universal.
Ray Charles
Music is powerful. As people listen to it, they can be affected. They respond.
Ray Charles
With singing, the name of the game is to make yourself believable. When somebody hears you sing a song, and they say, 'Oh, that must have happened to him,' that's when you know you're transmitting. It's like being a good actor. You make people feel things, emotions and what not.
Ray Charles
Love is a special word, and I use it only when I mean it. You say the word too much and it becomes cheap.
Ray Charles
What makes my approach special is that I do different things. I do jazz, blues, country music and so forth. I do them all, like a good utility man.
Ray Charles
What is a soul? It's like electricity - we don't really know what it is, but it's a force that can light a room.
Ray Charles
Learning to read music in Braille and play by ear helped me develop a damn good memory.
Ray Charles
I am very into lyrics. I start with what the words are saying, what the storyline is saying, like a good script. It should really capture me, do something for me. If I don't get it, it's not going to move people, and if it's not going to move people, it's not going to happen.
Ray Charles
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