2007 – Ray Charles Plaza was opened in Albany, Georgia, with a revolving, bronze sculpture of Charles seated at a piano.
2004 – The L.A. recording studios of Ray Charles _ RPM International _ are designated as a historic landmark at a public ceremony. “Thank you all from my heart,” Charles tells the audience gathered at the studios.
2002 – R&B legend Ray Charles is presented with an honorary doctorate of philosophy degree during commencement at Albany State University in his hometown of Albany, Ga.
1998 – Ray Charles makes his first solo performance in 53 years on the television shopping network QVC to promote the first product from his merchandising and marketing company RCR Productions, a book-and-CD set called “Ray Charles – My Early Years 1930-1960.”
1962 – Ray Charles started a 14-week run at No.1 on the US album chart with ‘Modern Sounds In Country And Western Music’.
1961 – wins four Grammys, including Best Male Vocal Performance for “Georgia on My Mind.”
1960 – Ray Charles records his signature song “Georgia on My Mind.” Lyrics: Georgia, Georgia, The whole day through Just an old sweet song Keeps Georgia on my mind I’m say Georgia Georgia A song of you Comes as sweet and clear As moonlight through the pines Other arms reach out to me Other eyes […]
1959 – The Drifters, Jimmy Reed, Ray Charles and BB King all appeared at the Herndon Stadium in Atlanta, Georgia.