Ray Charles (September 23rd 1930 - June 10th 2004) was an American soul and jazz musician. He first rose to public consciousness in 1955, with his 3rd hit single "I Got A Woman", which was his first song to reach the top of the Billboard R & B chart. For the rest of the 50s, and early 60s, Ray Charles was a hit machine, and Sinatra called him "the only true genius in the business". During the late 60s and early 70s, Ray Charles started to drift from super stardom, and his releases were a lot less consistently hits, although they were mostly critical successes. However, he was re-introduced to a younger audience with his appearance in the film "The Blues Brothers", released in 1980. Since then, Ray Charles has been consistently recognised as one of the greatest singer-songwriters of all time.