This is Faith Lapidus. And this is Doug Johnson with PEOPLE IN AMERICA in VOA Special English.Today we begin a two-part report about singer, songwriter, and musician Ray Charles.His work will continue to have a lasting influence on American music.Ray Charles spent almost sixty years as a professional musician. Millions of people around the world enjoy his recordings.If Ray Charles only played the piano, he would have been considered one of the best.If he had only sung his music, his voice would have made him famous.If he had only played jazz music, the world would have listened. But Ray Charles did all these things and more.He played and sang rock-and-roll and rhythm-and-blues songs. He sold millions of country and western records, too.