Ray Charles Born: 09/23/1930 in Albany, GA Jump to Related Articles Photos Filmography Biography Filmography Biography EDUCATION Attended Florida School for the Deaf and Blind, St. Augustine, FL 0 Milestones Became permanently blind from glaucoma at age 7. Learned to read and compose music in Braille. At age 5, he witnessed his younger brother George drown in a washtub. His rendition of "Georgia on My Mind" was named Georgia's state song in 1979. Dropped Robinson from his last name to distinguish himself from boxer Sugar Ray Robinson.