Ray Charles

  1. The Beat: MusicCares Honors Ozzy Osbourne, Craig Ferguson as Industry Looks On

    May 13, 2014 5:02 PM EDT Good comedians have a knack for saying what an audience is already thinking. Dax Shepherd summed things up at Monday night's MusiCares MAP Fund event with the appropriate amount of inappropriateness when he noted "Ozzy Osbourne" an ...

  2. Bluesman Eric 'Guitar' Davis Shot Dead

    December 20, 2013 1:55 AM EST Blues guitarist Eric "Guitar" Davis, son of drumming great Bobby “Top Hat” Davis, was killed early Thursday morning in a double-shooting in Chicago’s South Side. He was 41. He was found behind the wheel of a car and was pronounced dead ...

  3. Gail Mitchell's R&B/Hip Hop Briefs: Ray Charles Postage Stamp, Salaam Remi's Album, Alicia Keys’ Latest Milestone

    September 24, 2013 2:36 AM EDT Ray Charles Gets Stamp Of Approval: Music legend Ray Charles became the latest addition to the U.S. Postal Service’s Music Icon Forever Stamp series on Monday (Sept. 23), on what would have been his 83rd birthday. In tandem with that, Concord Re ...

  4. Youssou N’Dour, Kaija Saariaho To Receive the 2013 Polar Music Prize

    May 07, 2013 6:08 AM EDT Senegalese artist Youssou N’Dour and Finnish composer Kaija Saariaho are the 2013 recipients of Sweden’s prestigious Polar Music Prize. The Prize was created and funded in 1989 by Stig Andersson, the late manager of ABBA (sometimes called ABBA&# ...

  5. Phil Ramone Remembered by John Burk, Co-Producer of Ray Charles’ ‘Genius Loves Company’

    March 30, 2013 7:05 PM EDT John Burk and Phil Ramone produced Ray Charles' “Genius Love Company,” an album that scored five Grammys in 2005, including Album of the Year. By the time Charles signed with Concord Records, Ramone already had a history with the label as ...

  6. Producer Phil Ramone Dead at 79

    March 30, 2013 12:36 PM EDT 8 1.564 k 115 20 0 Phil Ramone -- an oft-honored visionary in the field of audio recording and the presentation of music; who helmed classic albums by Frank Sinatra, Barbra Streisand, Bob Dylan, Ray Charles, Paul Simon, Billy Joel and many others over a c ...

  7. Court Rules For Ray Charles Children In Copyright Lawsuit (Updated)

    January 29, 2013 10:39 AM EST The latest salvo in the copyright lawsuit between the Ray Charles Foundation and seven of the late singer's children finds the court ruling in favor of the children. The ruling allows them to reclaim copyrights on about 60 of Charles' cl ...

  8. L.A. Reid to Be Honored at Pre-Grammy Gala; Quincy Jones and Al Schmitt at P&E Wing Event

    December 18, 2012 11:30 AM EST Clive Davis and the Recording Academy will present the annual Pre-Grammy Gala on Saturday, Feb. 9, at The Beverly Hilton in Beverly Hills, Calif., the evening before the 55th Annual Grammy Awards, the Academy announced this morning. As part of the ...

  9. Mickey Baker, Influential Guitarist and Half of Mickey & Sylvia, Dies at 87

    November 29, 2012 3:00 PM EST Mickey "Guitar" Baker, a versatile, influential and often unsung guitarist who helped lay the groundwork for rock 'n' roll and half of the pop duo Mickey & Sylvia, died Tuesday in Toulouse, France. He was 87. A prolific and ...

  10. Morning Fix: Frank Barsalona Remembered; Internet Royalties Debate Hits Congress Wednesday; Rolling Stones Kick Off Anniversary Dates

    November 26, 2012 8:45 AM EST Head HERE to subscribe to Billboard's Morning Fix email and other free music-business newsletters FREE FRANK BARSALONA, MUSIC AGENT WHO REVOLUTIONIZED CONCERT BIZ, DEAD AT 74: Frank Barsalona, a pioneering music agent whose Premier Talent age ...

  11. Ray Charles Songs Lawsuit Could Make Major Impact On Copyright Battles

    October 16, 2012 6:50 PM EDT In a battle over rights to Ray Charles' famous songs, the charitable foundation that was bequeathed the singer's money and assets is suddenly in a tough spot, in danger of losing the substantial revenues that "I Got a Woman," & ...

  12. Lil Wayne Passes An All-Time Elvis Presley Hot 100 Mark

    September 27, 2012 5:00 AM EDT He'll always be the King of Rock and Roll, but when it comes to the artist with the most Billboard Hot 100 hits, Elvis Presley's longstanding record total gives way to a new stats king: Lil Wayne. As he debuts as a featured artist (with ...

  13. Andy Williams, 'Moon River' Singer, Dead at 84

    September 26, 2012 10:12 AM EDT With a string of gold albums, a hit TV series and the signature "Moon River," Andy Williams was a voice of the 1960s, although not the '60s we usually hear about. "The old cliche says that if you can remember the 1960s, you wer ...

  14. Concord Music Group Opens Catalog to Rumblefish

    September 25, 2012 7:59 PM EDT Concord Music Group has made its catalog of pop, jazz, rock and soul music available to Rumblefish for use in online user-generated videos. Rumblefish offers recommendation tools for copyright-cleared music and, prior to the inclusion of the Conco ...

  15. 'System' Looks to Go Worldwide

    September 07, 2012 8:00 AM EDT 'Cuban soul rock' artist Alex Cuba looks to Europe, U.S. after bringing Latin sounds to his home in Canada. Alex Cuba isn't a fan of labeling-especially when it comes to describing his own music. His influences range from Jimi Hendr ...

  16. Michael Jackson's Mijac Music Catalog Moves to Sony/ATV

    August 20, 2012 10:43 AM EDT Sony/ATV Music Publishing, which is a joint venture between Sony Corp. and the estate of Michael Jackson, will take over worldwide administration of Michael Jackson's Mijac Music Catalog, which has been handled by Warner/Chappell Music Publis ...

  17. This Week In Music: Atlantic's Craig Kallman Talks Starting Big Beat Records, Signing On At A Major

    August 03, 2012 11:37 AM EDT On the most recent installment of This Week in Music, Ian Rogers talks with Atlantic Records co-chairman/CEO Craig Kallman about his beginnings in the music industry, from DJing in the clubs of New York City to signing his independent Big Beat Rec ...

  18. Tuff Gong Signs Distribution Deal with Warner Music

    July 03, 2012 12:27 PM EDT Warner Music Group (WMG) and Tuff Gong International Caribbean Distributors, one of several entities comprising the Marley family's Tuff Gong group of companies, have struck an exclusive licensing agreement under which Tuff Gong will distribu ...

  19. 2012 Billboard Music Awards Weekend Diary: Kelly Clarkson, Usher, Diplo & More

    May 20, 2012 5:00 PM EDT Billboard Battle of the Bands winners Patent Pending. (Photo: Adrian Van Anz) Speaking just for myself, the past 48 hours in Vegas have had more action than two weeks back home. The 2012 Billboard Music Awards red carpet opens in (gulp) a few hour ...

  20. 'Glee' Cast Notches 200th Hit on Hot 100

    April 18, 2012 3:42 PM EDT With two more debuts this week, the cast of Fox's "Glee" ups its total of career charted songs on the Billboard Hot 100 to a milestone 200 titles. Amazingly, the TV troupe has reached the sum in less than three years. The cast fir ...

  21. Who Besides Lionel Richie Has Topped Billboard's R&B and Country Charts?

    April 09, 2012 11:15 AM EDT An insightful e-mail came in last week (to askbb@billboard.com) from avid chart-watcher Garrett Godbey of Tampa, Fla. Godbey wrote, "With Lionel Richie debuting at No. 1 with Tuskegee on Top Country Albums , he's earned No. 1s on the Top ...

  22. Ray Charles Estate Sues Singer's Children Over Song Rights

    April 02, 2012 5:20 PM EDT The 2004 film Ray didn't include this scene: Two years before legendary singer Ray Charles died, he gathered most of his 12 children (two were in jail), and told them that they would each be given an irrevocable trust for $500,000. That' ...

  23. Mercyline 'Mike' Bernardo, Pioneering Female Music Exec, Dies

    March 16, 2012 6:00 PM EDT Pioneering female music industry executive Mercyline "Mike" Bernardo -- former VP of Andre Harrell's Uptown Records and VP of promotion at Mercury Records -- passed away on March 14 following a lengthy illness. Raised in Newark, New ...

  24. Clarence Clemons' Nephew Jake to Play Sax on Springsteen Tour

    February 10, 2012 7:56 AM EST NEW YORK (AP) - It takes two men to replace The Big Man. Bruce Springsteen announced Thursday that two musicians - Jersey Shore sidekick Eddie Manion and Clarence Clemons' nephew Jake - will "share the saxophone role" during the E S ...

  25. 'American Idol's' Casey Abrams Signs With Concord Music Group

    January 09, 2012 9:51 PM EST "American Idol's" Casey Abrams has signed with Concord Music Group. The season 10 finalist, who was famously saved during week five of the competition (and eventually eliminated on April 28) was a fan favorite from the start thanks ...

  26. Michael Jackson, Britney Spears, Kanye West Featured in New 'Music Icons' Pepsi Ad (Watch)

    September 22, 2011 5:51 PM EDT Last night during the "X Factor" premiere, Pepsi unveiled a television spot titled "Music Icons," celebrating Pepsi's music history, featuring Michael Jackson, Britney Spears, Kanye West, Ray Charles and Mariah Carey. The ...

  27. Javier Colon, Raphael Saadiq, Colbie Caillat Join 'The Playboy Club'

    September 15, 2011 6:37 PM EDT Add the winner of NBC's "The Voice" to the list of contemporary musical acts portraying stars of the late 1950s and early '60s on NBC's "The Playboy Club." Javier Colon will portray Ray Charles in an upcoming epi ...

  28. Lost Ray Charles 1961 Concerts Coming To DVD

    September 12, 2011 6:32 PM EDT Fans will soon be able to watch the legendary Ray Charles in his prime, thanks to the Oct. 25 worldwide DVD release: "Ray Charles Live in France 1961." The Eagle Rock Entertainment and Reelin' In The Years Productions project was cu ...

  29. Producer Of Ray Charles Musical Sues Investor

    December 01, 2010 12:00 AM EST "Jersey Boys," the Broadway musical about Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons, is a big hit. Why not a production based on the life of Ray Charles? After all, Jamie Foxx won an Oscar for playing the soul icon in 2005. It turns out that Os ...

  30. BACKBEAT: The Grammy Museum Discusses The Making Of Ray Charles' Unreleased "Rare Genius: The Undiscovered Masters"

    October 13, 2010 12:00 AM EDT The making of Ray Charles’ previously unreleased “Rare Genius: The Undiscovered Masters” was the topic of conversation at the Grammy Museum’s “The Drop” series, presented by American Express, on September 21. The album, which is being released on ...

  31. 'Glee' Cast Breaks Beatles' Hot 100 Record

    October 06, 2010 12:00 AM EDT With six debuts on the Billboard Hot 100 dated Oct. 16, to be released Thursday (Oct. 7), the cast of Fox's "Glee" will pass the Beatles for most appearances among non-solo acts in the chart's 52-year history. The "Glee& ...

  32. Ray Charles’ Publishing Goldmine

    May 28, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Ray Charles is a music publisher’s dream. Not only did he write songs that stand the test of time, but his interpretations of other songwriter’s tunes could turn them into royalty-generating goldmines. Charles wrote classics like “What I’d Say” an ...

  33. Concord, Rhino Burnish Ray Charles Catalog

    May 28, 2010 12:00 AM EDT With events marking the celebration of Ray Charles’ 80th birthday Sept 23, and a new Ray Charles musical bowing on Broadway this fall, executives at Concord Records, Rhino Records and the Ray Charles Foundation are gearing up for busy months ahead ...

  34. Web Exclusives: The Legacy of Ray Charles

    May 26, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Concord, Rhino Burnish Ray Charles Catalog With events marking the celebration of Ray Charles’ 80th birthday Sept 23, and a new Ray Charles musical bowing on Broadway this fall, executives at Concord Records, Rhino Records and the Ray Charles Foun ...

  35. Ray Charles Musical Set For Broadway In November

    March 12, 2010 12:00 AM EST A musical celebrating Ray Charles is headed for Broadway this fall. "Unchain My Heart" will open Nov. 7 with preview performances beginning Oct. 8. Producer Stuart Benjamin said the show would feature a book by Suzan-Lori Parks and direc ...

  36. Best Of The 2000s: By-The-Numbers

    December 30, 2009 12:00 AM EST Through the end of the year, Chart Beat is looking back at the biggest achievements on Billboard's charts in 2009 and throughout the past decade. FROM 'FALLIN' ' TO 'THE RISING': The past decade yielded Billboard char ...

  37. Award-winning Keyboardist Knechtel Dead At 69

    August 24, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Larry Knechtel, a Grammy award-winning keyboardist who accompanied big-name musicians such as Elvis Presley, Ray Charles and the Dixie Chicks, is dead at 69. Knechtel, who moved to Yakima in 2003, died Thursday at Yakima Valley Memorial Hospital o ...

  38. Court Rules In Favor Of The Ray Charles Foundation

    June 15, 2009 12:00 AM EDT The Ray Charles Foundation now holds all rights to the professional name, likeness, celebrity and other intellectual property of Ray Charles. The decisive ruling was handed down on the eve of the fifth anniversary of the late singer's death ( ...

  39. Jazz Musician, Ray Charles Band Member Newman Dies

    January 23, 2009 12:00 AM EST David ‘Fathead’ Newman, jazz saxophonist/flutist and member of the Ray Charles band, died Jan. 20 of pancreatic cancer in upstate New York. He was 75. Newman graduated from Lincoln High School in Dallas, where his music teacher gave him the nickna ...

  40. Putumayo Expands Jazz Catalog

    September 08, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Putumayo World Music gets into the holiday spirit with the Oct. 28 release of “A Jazz & Blues Christmas.” Among the jazz and blues artists featured on the 10-track set are B.B. King (“Christmas Celebration”), Ray Charles (“Rudolph the Red-Nose ...

  41. Ray Charles' Children, Ex-manager Battle

    April 21, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Ray Charles' children are accusing his longtime manager of mismanaging his estate and trusts and tarnishing his legacy by releasing two posthumous CDs the late singer never would have approved, according to a published report. In allegations ...

  42. Songwriter Valerie Simpson Elected To ASCAP Board

    November 07, 2007 12:00 AM EST The Board of Directors of the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) has elected songwriter and recording artist Valerie Simpson, a director. A songwriter for more than four decades, Simpson and her longtime songwriting part ...

  43. Songwriter Miller Dies At 74

    July 25, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Songwriter Ron Miller, whose tunes included pop classics "Touch Me in the Morning" and "For Once in My Life," has died. He was 74. Miller died Monday of cardiac arrest at Santa Monica UCLA Medical Center after a long battle wit ...

  44. The Orchard Grows Business In China With top100.cn

    September 22, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Deal includes artists such as Coldplay, Ray Charles. Deal includes artists such as Coldplay, Ray Charles. News Ray Charles ...

  45. The Orchard Grows Business In China With top100.cn

    September 22, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Deal includes artists such as Coldplay, Ray Charles. The quantity of international music available to the vast Chinese market has received a boost following a deal between New York-based The Orchard and top100.cn, one of China’s leading legal digi ...

  46. Billboard R&B/Hip-Hop Awards Finalists Revealed

    June 22, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Jamie Foxx tops the list of finalists for this year's Billboard R&B/Hip-Hop Awards. Foxx, who took home an Academy Award for his portrayal of Ray Charles, is a contender in eight categories includ Jamie Foxx tops the list of finalists ...

  47. 'Idiot' Won't Budge From Euro Throne

    March 03, 2005 12:00 AM EST European sales surge for Ray Charles. European sales surge for Ray Charles. News Ray Charles ...

  48. 'Idiot' Won't Budge From Euro Throne

    March 03, 2005 12:00 AM EST "American Idiot" (Reprise) gives Green Day a sixth week at No. 1 on European Top 100 Albums. It spends another week at the top in Switzerland and holds down top-five positions in five other countries. "American Idiot" (Reprise) ...

  49. 'Idiot' Won't Budge From Euro Throne

    March 03, 2005 12:00 AM EST European sales surge for Ray Charles. "American Idiot" (Reprise) gives Green Day a sixth week at No. 1 on European Top 100 Albums. It spends another week at the top in Switzerland and holds down top-five positions in five other countries ...

  50. Foxx Takes Best Actor Oscar For 'Ray'

    February 28, 2005 12:00 AM EST Jamie Foxx was crowned best actor at the 77th Academy Awards last night (Feb. 27) in Los Angeles for his portrayal of late music legend Ray Charles in the hit film "Ray." Jamie Foxx was crowned best actor at the 77th Academy Awards last ...

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