8 Landmark Deals in Black Music

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Ray Charles was not only a talented music star for more than three decades, but a shrewd businessman as well. In the early '60s, he was one of the first Black music artists to gain ownership of his own master recordings in brokering his deal with ABC-Paramount. Having written nearly 200 songs, Charles also operated his own publishing companies, Tangerine Music and Racer Music. ---Janell Hazelwood (Additional reporting by Kahliah Laney)

Ray Charles was not only a talented music star for more than three decades, but…

  • Karl Murphy

    The man was great, soul all through this music.