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Ray Charles Dies

Ray Charles, the well-loved singer-pianist responsible for hits like “What’d I Say” and “Georgia On My Mind,” died Thurs., June 10, 2004 in Beverly Hills, Calif., of complications from liver disease. He was 73.

Blind since youth, Charles was a skilled singer, pianist and saxophone player who blurred the lines between the jazz, gospel, blues and country genres. Charles won 12 Grammys throughout his career—nine of them between 1960 and 1966; he won the Grammy for Best R&B Recording three years in a row.

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