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The two Beatles songs inspired by Ray Charles

The two Beatles songs inspired by Ray Charles

The two Beatles songs inspired by Ray Charles
September 22
08:56 2022

The list of artists that wouldn’t exist if not for The Beatles is probably one of the longest in the history of music. But there’s a flip side to that coin: artists that The Beatles wouldn’t have existed without. You don’t have to dig too far to find some of the more obvious ones, including Chuck Berry, Little Richard, and Carl Perkins. Some less obvious yet equally important figures like Lonnie Donegan and The Shadows also helped mould The Beatles into what they became. Whoever you include, it’s necessary to throw in Ray Charles as well.

The legendary pianist and singer from Georgia profoundly changed popular music in the 1950s, mixing elements of jazz and R&B to create a smoother style soon known as soul music. Charles wasn’t just a game-changer in one genre either: his forays into traditional pop, rock and roll, and even country music helped expand many fans’ musical tastes. Four of those fans happened to be the future members of The Beatles.

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Martin Nethercutt

Martin Nethercutt

Martin A Nethercutt is a writer, singer, producer and loves music. Creative Director at McCartney Studios Editor-in-Chief at McCartney Times Creator-in-Chief at Geist Musik President (title) at McCartney Multimedia, Inc. Went to Albert-Schweitzer-Schule Kassel Lives in Playa del Rey From Kassel, Germany Married to Ruth McCartney

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