From classic songs to his own award-winning Hollywood biopic, Ray Charles accomplished quite a lot during his lifetime despite losing his eyesight very early in his childhood. Unfortunately, blindness wasn't the only hardship Charles faced. This is the tragic real-life story of Ray Charles.
Ray Charles Robinson was born on September 23, 1930, to Bailey Robinson and Aretha Williams. According to History Links, Charles' father only appeared a few times throughout Ray's early life and eventually left the family all together, leaving Aretha to care for Ray and his younger brother, George.
Ray talks about his early childhood, despite an absent father, as fulfilling and joyful. However, he suffered a life-altering loss at age five. One day, he and his brother were playing in the backyard when four-year-old George slipped and fell into a large metal tub used by his mother to clean their clothes. Ray couldn't pull George, weighed down by the soapy clothes, out. He ran inside to find his mother, who pulled out her son, but sadly, George Robinson was already gone.
Keep watching to see the Tragic Details About Ray Charles.
Childhood trauma | 0:00
Glaucoma took his eyesight | 1:06
His mother's tragic life | 1:55
Early struggles | 2:42
A troubled marriage | 4:16
The other woman | 5:19
Banned! | 6:22
Run-ins with the law | 7:43
Addiction woes | 8:58
Health troubles | 9:48
Family drama | 11:09
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