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It was originally written for The Perry Como Show. Charles was acknowledged as an authority on American popular music. At the age of 13, Charles Raymond "Chuck" Offenberg as he was known then won a contest to sing on the radio in Chicago. InOffenberg, with his wife, Bernice and son, Michael, came to Matchmaker - The Ray Charles Singers - Young Lovers On-Broadway York City and he started getting work, singing on the radio for Lyn Murray, Ray Bloch and other choral directors.
Byhe was doing 10 radio shows a week. In MayOffenberg changed his name to Ray Charles. Close harmony was all the rage and Charles became the arranger and tenor for the Double Daters, a quartet featured on Million Dollar Band. Drafted into the Navy inCharles was assigned to Hunter Collegewhere he created an entire new music library for the WAVE choruses and trained the "Singing Platoons", three choruses of 80 WAVES each, on six-week training cycles that sang on the radio, bond rallies and at local veterans hospitals.
He also conducted the band on their two CBS weekly shows. Inhe was the conductor for the Broadway hit Finian's Rainbow and conducted the original cast recording. Charles initially became associated with Perry Como in through his arrangements for the vocal group the Satisfiers. Inwhen the show returned to New York, he became the arranger and conductor of the Hit Paraders, the choral group on the show, first on radio and later when it went to television, for seven years.
It was a busy time with television's top variety shows, records and commercial jingles. It was here where he met the "other" Ray Charles.
The Screen Actors Guild normally does not allow two members to have the same name, but Charles the performer was registered as Ray Robinson though he performed as Forty Winks - Various, Marshall Brickman, Tom Paley, Art Rosenbaum, Eric Weissberg - Folk Banjo Styl Charles.
Charles the composer also wrote special material and did the choral work on Caesar's Hour with Sid Caesarthe successor to Your Show of Shows. Also on the staff was Andy Rooney. Due to advances in recording technology, they were able to create a softer sound than had been heard before and this was the birth of what has been called " easy listening ". Record producer Jack Matchmaker - The Ray Charles Singers - Young Lovers On-Broadway used some of the singers to provide backing vocals for Buddy Holly 's last songs, which Holly had composed and recorded shortly before his death in February The singers' close harmonies behind Holly's lead vocals simulated the sound of Holly's hit records with the Crickets.
This was followed by "Al Di La", also a very popular recording. The Ray Charles Singers were not one group of vocalists. They were different combinations of singers on records, tours and TV shows. He generally recorded with 20 singers 12 men and 8 women and these vocalists appeared on Perry Como 's television show.
The Ray Charles Singers also were the voices behind many commercial jingles. Charles decided to produce a "live" performing group to send on the road with Perry Como. Charles wrote the music and lyrics for an album produced by the Continental Insurance Company for the New York World's Fair intitled Cinema ' It was a companion piece to a minute show about unsung heroes of the American Revolution. On June 25,The New York Times Magazine listed the Ray Charles singers among hundreds of artists whose material was reportedly destroyed in the Universal fire.
After years working in television and writing hundreds of jingles, Charles started making trips to the West Coast to seek new employment opportunities.
The television industry was changing and migrating to Los Angeles. After a couple of years commuting, in Charles and his family relocated to Los Angeles, where he produced a Bing Crosby special and worked on The Hollywood Palace. Charles became the musical guru to Sha Na Na and guided that show through three Snowless Winter - John Maus - Love Letters From Hell. His son, Jonathan, and daughter, Wendy, also worked on the show with their father.
Charles eventually went to London to help on The Muppet Show. For thirty-two years, throughCharles was the musical consultant of the Kennedy Center Honors  and for 14 years performed the same function for the "Fourth of July" and "Memorial Day" concerts on PBS. He self-deprecatingly billed himself as "the other Ray Charles " in a humorous tribute to the blues singer with whom he worked on several occasions.
For his 90th birthday, Ray gave a concert at the L. Jazz Bakery. With the help of female singer Lynn Roberts and an instrumental combo, Ray demonstrated his vocal longevity to a full house by singing his way through the songs of World War II. Charles died of cancer at the age of 96 on April 6,in Beverly Hills, California. He was survived by two sons, Michael born and Jonathan born His wife Bernice — and daughter Wendy — predeceased him. Charles donated a collection of his personal papers, including his scripts and musical arrangements for the Kennedy Center Honors galas, to the Great American Songbook Foundation shortly before his death.
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