I've Got a Woman,in 1955. Combining sacred styles with the secular and rooted in gospel music and the blues, his work infused soul into a variety of genres, and it influenced, and was influenced by, jazz and rock music. Among Charles's greatest hits were
Whad'd I Say(1959),
Georgia on My Mind(1960), and his soulful rendition of
America the Beautiful(1984). An outstanding live performer, he also recorded more than 60 albums and won 12 Grammy awards. He was inducted into the Rock-and-Roll Hall of Fame in 1986.
See his autobiography (1978); biographies by D. Ritz (1978) and M. Lydon (1998).
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