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Unformatted text preview: made by designer Billy Stickles, when he played with a southern band called The Florida Playboys. When Ray Charles entered show business he shortened his name to Ray Charles so he would not get confused with the boxer Sugar Ray Robinson. In 1953 Ray Charles signed with Atlantic Records. After signing with Atlantic Records, Charles released his first hit singles, It Should Have Been Me and Dont You Know. Both singles hit the charts in 1954. Some of Ray Charless final appearances include singing America the Beautiful at Fenway Park in Boston, headlined the White House Correspondents dinner in Washington D.C., and a special guest appearance in the Blues Clues Big Musical movie. Ray Charles died June 10, 2004 of liver cancer. Sources: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ray_charles...
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