Ray Charles: The Genius of Soul

The fascinating story, told in words and music, of one of the twentieth century's great musical figures. Never-before-seen interviews with family, friends--and Ray himself--reveal the heartbreak and humor of a man who overcame all odds, moving through tragedy to triumph and immortality. An American original, Charles was the innovator who fused gospel, jazz, and blues to create modern soul music. His crossover vision widened the scope of country and western, his unique voice touching the hearts of people everywhere.

David "Fathead" Newman
Dr. John
Billy Joel
Willie Nelson
Hank Crawford
Ahmet Ertegun
Jerry Wexler
Billy Preston
Merry Clayton
Ray Charles Jr.

Produced by Toby Byron and Kirk D’Amico
Directed and written by Yvonne Smith
Consultant - David Ritz

A coproduction of Toby Byron/Multiprises and VPI Videfilm Producers International, Ltd. in association with Taurus Film, Munich, VideoArts, Japan and Thirteen-WNET, New York