Ray Charles Quotes

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Born: September 23, 1930, Albany, Georgia, USA
Birth Country: USA
Died: Beverly Hills, Los Angeles, California, USA, June 10, 2004
Occupation: Music artist

1.
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

2.
I never wanted to be famous. I only wanted to be great.
- Ray Charles

3.
I was born with music inside me. Music was one of my parts. Like my ribs, my kidneys, my liver, my heart. Like my blood. It was a force already within me when I arrived on the scene. It was a necessity for me-like food or water.
- Ray Charles

4.
Learning to read music in Braille and play by ear helped me develop a damn good memory.
- Ray Charles

5.
Music is my life, professionally, for nearly 60 years. To be recognized by the academy is still the highest honor.
- Ray Charles

6.
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

7.
My music had roots which I'd dug up from my own childhood, musical roots buried in the darkest soil.
- Ray Charles

8.
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

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