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Ray Charles

Presented and inaugurated at the opening of the Montreux Jazz Festival in 2002, it was initially located at the bottom of rue Emery on the edge of the lake in front of the Maison des Congrès - 2m2c.

Together with B.B. King's, it was the first statue of the "Walk of fame" desired by Claude Nobs, founder of the Montreux Jazz Festival. It was a walk of the music celebrities he had imagined and which was to connect the Congress Centre to the statue of Freddie Mercury in the Market Square. The idea was abandoned because in 2004 the statue was moved to the gardens of the Montreux Palace.

Ray Charles is one of the most influential American popular music artists of the 20th century, born on September 23, 1930 to a very poor family in Albany, Georgia. He has a difficult childhood. Indeed, after having watched helplessly as his three-year-old brother drowned, he contracted glaucoma at the age of four. Three years later he became completely blind and was placed in a specialized institution.

"The Genius" (the genius) performed 4 times in Montreux during the Jazz Festival. The first time in 1978 then two concerts on July 16 and 17, 1991 at the Casino and one last time in 1997.

He died of liver disease at the age of 73 on June 10, 2004, in his home in Beverly Hills, he was buried in Inglewood Cemetery in California.

Ray Charles, a sculpture by the Italian artist Marco Zeno.

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