Ray Charles

Born: 09/23/1930 in Albany, GA

EDUCATION

Attended Florida School for the Deaf and Blind, St. Augustine, FL

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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.

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