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Ray Charles Ray Charles Robinson was born in 1932 in Albany Georgia he lost his eye sight as a child and studied at the Saint Augustine Florida School for the blind At three years old Charles was already trying to involve himself in music Charles knew a man named Wylie Pitman who was one of the first people to encourage him in music When Charles was a child he would jump in the chair next to Pitman and bang the keys with all his fingers Pitman would say to him Oh no son you dont play like that you dont hit the keys with all your fingers at one time Im going to show you how to play a little melody with one finger Pitman could have said hey kid get away IM practicing but he didnt He let him play and sit in to learn the piano Things started to change fast shortly after that The first major tragedy in Charles life was seeing his younger brother a very bright and talented kid drown in a washtub when he was five years old At first Charles thought he was playing but it dawned on him that he was drowning Charles tried to save him but he was too heavy for him to pick up out of the washtub This was very traumatic for Charles and after that he started to loose his sight They tried to save his sight for as long as they could by keeping him away from light It took about two years for Charles to loose his sight but by the time he was seven it was gone completely That is when Charles went to St Augustines school for the blind After loosing his sight Charles didnt make it a big deal because his mom conditioned him for the day that he would be blind His mom helped him deal with it by showing him around
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