Ray Charles

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September 23, 1930 – June 10, 2004

Ray Charles Robinson’s beginnings in Georgia and Florida were tough.  Already dealing with the realities of extreme poverty, Ray witnessed his brother drown in a wash tub at the age of  5. He also began to lose his sight around the same time and, by the time he was 7 years-old, was completely blind.

Fast forward a little bit and things went alright for Ray.  Despite struggles with legal issues and substance abuse, Charles had a meteoric career in music using jazz, blues, rock and gospel influences to become one of the best-selling artists of all time. His impact on music was staggering.  He successfully crossed over into the pop and country mainstream, becoming one of the first African-American artists to do so. He consistently ranks in the Top 10 on lists of the top singers/entertainers/performers of all time.

At the age of 73, Ray’s liver failed.  He left behind one of the greatest music legacies the world has ever seen.

Burial

Inglewood Park Cemetery – Inglewood, CA

Specific Location

Mausoleum Of The Golden West, Sanctuary of Eternal Love, Crypt A-32; Enter the mausoleum’s “Cenotaph” (right) entrance, turn right when you enter, then immediately left, walk to the 3rd corridor and turn right into the Sanctuary of Reverence, left into the Sanctuary of Dreams (past César Romero), then right into the Sanctuary of Eternal Love (the last right), Ray is buried on your right, 5 spaces in and 4 rows up from the floor.

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