One of the most famous musicians, Ray Charles, climbed the ladder of success despite being blind from the age of 7. Now let’s have a close look at Ray Charles’s net worth.
Ray was born on 23rd September 1930 in Albany, Georgia. His father worked as a mechanic and mother was a sharecropper. The saddest thing happened in his childhood when he saw his own brother drowning to death.
He was sent to a state-sponsored school, the Florida School for the Deaf and the Blind in St. Augustine, Florida, by his mother after he lost his eyesight at a little age of 7. He learned to arrange music there along with playing trumpet, clarinet, sax, organ, and piano. His classmates love to hear his music.
He toured with “Chitlin’ Circuit” after the death of his mother and got addicted to heroin. In 1940 ray performed with McSon Trio. His first single “Confession Blues,” was released in 1949 and was successful on the R&B charts. Other two successful songs of that time composed by him were “Kissa Me Baby” and “Baby Let Me Hold Your Hand.”
Next year his “I Got a Woman” acclaimed the number 1 position in charts. Fellow musicians named Ray “The Genius” for his amazing talent. There were two other hits in 1960 which led Ray to immense fame, “Hit the Road, Jack” and “Georgia on My Mind.”
Awards & Achievements
Ray is the very first musician who is inducted into Georgia State Music Hall of Fame in 1979 as his song named “Georgia on My Mind” is declared the official song of Georgia. In Hollywood Walk of Fame, he received a star in 1981. In 1986 he got inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame and received the Kennedy Center Honors.
He received the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in 1987. In 1993, he got the National Medal of Arts. He also got Polar Prize in 1998 and got inducted into the National Black Sports & Entertainment Hall of Fame in the year 2004. A stamp has been made in his honor by the United States Postal Service.
Net Worth of Ray Charles
Ray got a lot of appreciation for his work and with appreciation comes the money too. His estimated earnings from his album The Genius of Ray Charles is $495,000. The advance payment he received from ABC with higher royalties than previously offered and eventual ownership of his masters is $50,000.
His net worth until his death was estimated around $100 million.
Charles canceled his tour for the very first in 2003 after working consistently for 53 years. He soon came to know that he had a liver disease. Charles, who recorded more than 60 albums, died in 2004 at his home in Beverly Hills, California. His last album released after his death named Genius Loves Company. A film has been done on the life story of Charles named Ray, where his character was played by Jamie Foxx.