October 9, 1961 Ray Charles hits #1

Ray Charles pioneered R and B

On October 9th 1961, United States Soul legend Ray Charles topped the pop charts with his hit “Hit The Road Jack.” Ray Charles Robinson (September 23, 1930 – June 10, 2004),  was better known by his shortened stage name Ray Charles, Ray was a pioneer in the genre of soul music during the 1950s by fusing rhythm and blues, gospel and blues styles into his early recordings with Atlantic Records.He also helped racially integrate country and pop music during the 1960s with his crossover success on ABC Records, most notably with his Modern Sound album.While with ABC, Charles became one of the first African American musicians to be given artistic control by a mainstream record company.

Also on this date in Soul

Oct. 9, 1964- The Supremes make their first visit to England and perform on the British Tv show – Ready Set Go.

Oct. 9, 1982- Diana Ross charts with “Muscles” reaching #10 on the pop charts. the song was written and produced by Michael Jackson honoring his pet Boa Constrictor snake.

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