Top Ray Charles Quotes

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1. "Everyone felt like they knew Ray Charles and in a way they did, because he was embodied by his music."
Author: Ahmet Ertegun
2. "I love Ray Charles. He can still teach everybody a lot about how to make great music. Not necessarily how to make hits, but how to make great music. Of course, part of it is his incredible talent. Who are the greatest jazz singers in the world? Louis Armstrong, Billie Holiday and Ray Charles."
Author: Ahmet Ertegun
3. "Strange now to think of you, gone without corsets & eyes, while I walk on the sunny pavement of Greenwich Village.downtown Manhattan, clear winter noon, and I've been up all night, talking, talking, reading the Kaddish aloud, listening to Ray Charles blues shout blind on the phonograph"
Author: Allen Ginsberg
4. "It is feeling and not reasoning that drives one to prayer.' -Emma to Charles"
Author: Deborah Heiligman
5. "Ray Charles' revolutionary approach to music was also reflected in his politics and his deep and abiding commitment to Martin Luther King and the plight of African-Americans. Ray Charles may not have been on the front lines, but he put his money where his mouth was."
Author: Diane Watson
6. "Randy Newman seemed like an even worse singer than me. I liked Ray Charles, Levi Stubbs, Jack Jones, Joe Tex, Wilson Pickett."
Author: Donald Fagen
7. "I liked the more sophisticated urban style of blues like Ray Charles and B. B. King, Bobby Blue Bland, Lou Rawls; people like that with more of a tendency toward jazz."
Author: Edgar Winter
8. "Honey -- even Ray Charles can see that you have control issues."
Author: Elizabeth Gilbert
9. "Prayer is our Christian duty. It is an expression of submission to God and dependence upon Him. For that matter, prayer is arguably the most objective measurement of our dependence upon God. The things you pray about are the things you trust God to handle. The things you neglect to pray about are the things you trust you can handle on your own." H.B. Charles, Jr."
Author: H.B. Charles Jr.
10. "Give it up for Ray Charles and his beautiful legacy. And thank you, Ray Charles, for living."
Author: Jamie Foxx
11. "Absolutely, I grew up listening to soul music. People like Stevie, Aretha, Ray Charles, Michael and Prince. My parents' record collection was all I had when I was a little kid. If it wasn't that, it was something else in their collection."
Author: Jesse McCartney
12. "Who isn't a fan of Ray Charles?"
Author: John Scofield
13. "Atlantic's Jerry Wexler believes first-rate records are made by first-rate voices. He certainly has worked with enough of them: Clyde McPhatter, Joe Turner, La Vern Baker, Ray Charles, Otis Redding, Solomon Burke, Wilson Pickett and Aretha Franklin."
Author: Jon Landau
14. "I'm proud of my mentors. Ray Charles is the strongest influence on me as a singer."
Author: Michael Bolton
15. "I have been influenced by many different artists at many different stages of my life. Starting out, it was people like Elton John, Billy Joel, Ben Folds, and Fiona Apple. As I got older I got deeper into the work of bands like the Beatles, artists like Sam Cooke, Ray Charles, Etta James, and Joni Mitchell."
Author: Sara Bareilles
16. "I got thrown out of music school for even listening to Fats Domino and Ray Charles. I was asked, 'What kind of music do you like to listen to?' and I said, 'Well, I do like Paul Hindemith and Igor Stravinsky but I also like Fats Domino and Ray Charles,' and they literally said, 'Either forget about that or leave.'"
Author: Steve Winwood
17. "Ray Charles, in his own way, it's like at the beginning, Ray Charles changed American music, not once but twice."
Author: Taylor Hackford

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