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The Smithsonian is proud to honor Ray Charles, an incredible musician who crossed genres and captivated audiences worldwide, read essays written by Smithsonian curators, browse objects from the Institution’s collections and watch videos about Charles, all in the space below.

Ray Charles Exhibition

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The Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History will showcase the life and inimitable impact of the celebrated singer, pianist and composer with “Ray Charles: ‘The Genius,’” a display open through July 4, 2016.

Smithsonian Curators on our Ray Charles Collection

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Ray Charles Bibliography

View the Ray Charles Bibliography
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