Great Composers of the 19th Century

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Ray Charles Robinson and Steveland Hardaway Judkins are two of the most prolific composers of all times. Born and raised in the United States of America, they became legendary composers, singers, producers, and musicians of the 19th century. Their compositions were soulful in nature, and their styles ranged from rock and pop to blues and jazz. Ray Charles Robinson was known as The Pioneer of Rock Music. He influenced the lives of people worldwide, and he paved the way for various artists such as Elvis Presley, Aretha Franklin, and Van Morrison. Maria Carey, Alicia Keys, and John Legend are amongst musicians and performers who acknowledge Steveland Hardaway Judkins as their major influence. September 23, 1930, Ray Charles Robinson was…show more content…
Amongst these awards included, Best R&B Recording, which was received for three consecutive years. His version of Hoagy Carmichael’s “Georgia On My Mind” was named the Georgia state song in 1979. Unfortunately, we lost Ray Charles at 11:35 a.m. on June 11, 2004 to liver disease. Steveland Hardaway Judkins was born prematurely on May 13, 1950 in Saginaw, Michigan. Exposure to excessive amounts of oxygen in his incubator caused him to become blind. Nevertheless, he developed a strong passion for music from an early age. He learned to play various instruments such as the congas, piano, and harmonica. He was proclaimed as a child prodigy, and by the age of eleven, which was in the year of 1962, Berry Gordon signed him to the Motown Label. He then became Little Stevie Wonder. “Fingertips (Pt. 2)”, a live recording from a Motown Revue performance became Little Stevie Wonder’s first major hit in 1963. This song featured Stevie Wonder on vocals, congas, and harmonica. Not only was this piece his first major hit, it was a number one hit on the United States pop charts. This event brought him into public awareness. He then dropped the “Little” from Little Stevie Wonder and became Stevie Wonder. Throughout the 1960’s, particularly the mid-1960’s, Stevie Wonder continued to have a number of hits including, “Uptight (Everything’s Alright)”, “With a Child’s Heart”, and Blowin’ in the Wind”, a Bob Dylan cover. Stevie Wonder was such an

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