Ray Charles


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Choral Director

This audio only interview was conducted for a radio program by Dan Del Fiorentino and donated to the NAMM Oral History program: Ray Charles, or as he called himself "The Other Ray Charles" was a choral director whose choir backed such singers as Perry Como and Bing Crosby. Ray enjoyed a successful career in television and can even be heard singing the theme song for the 1970s comedy "Three's Company" (Come and Knock on Our Door). Countless school children around the country learned the names of the states with a song he wrote entitled, "Fifty Nifty United States." He was also a strong supporter of the performing arts, especially in the Los Angeles area.