Across his 55 year career, Ray Charles became the byword for his pioneering hybrid sound that merged blues, jazz and soul.
Blind from the age of seven, Charles used sound for spatial awareness. His complete mastery and comprehensive understanding informed the percussive use of his voice; shrieks and howls came to define his music.
Known by friends as ‘the genius’, his 80 billboard hits are only eclipsed by Elvis and James Brown, both of whom cite him as their key influence.
We have selected a vibrant gang of supremely talented musicians who are worthy of doing the man homage.