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Ray Charles

"I Was Born With Music Inside Me"

Series: African-American Biography Library

By Carin T. Ford

The music of Ray Charles blends the sounds of R&B, gospel, and rock and roll to create a unique sound that attracts music listeners everywhere. Ray Charles began playing the piano at age three, only four years later he lost his sight, but his love for music persisted and he continued to play saying, "You don’t give up what’s natural." Charles traveled the country making a name for himself and his music. The going was not always easy but as long as Ray could play his music he knew he would be all right. Music lovers will relish this new profile of the man who continues to make listeners get up and dance.

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Reviews

". . . a pleasant biography . . . should be part of every library’s biography section."

Garland Independent School District, September 6, 2007

"A very fine biography . . ."

Delaware County Library System, September 2007

"These volumes ably . . . chronicle the lives of their subjects . . ."

The Horn Book Guide, Fall 2007

"Strongly recommended for all middle and high school libraries . . ."

TriState Young Adult Book Review Committee, May 2007

"Well-written, lively text captures the essence of Charles's life, work, and ambition . . . Direct quotes and sidebars are informative and bring the story alive."

MultiCultural Review, Summer 2007

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