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'Other' Ray Charles dies at 96; Emmy-winning composer backed Perry Como
'Other' Ray Charles dies at 96; Emmy-winning composer backed Perry Como

Ray Charles, an Emmy-winning choral director, lyricist and composer who worked with Perry Como for three decades, sang the theme song for the television sitcom "Three's Company" and didn't mind being known as "the other Ray Charles," died Monday at his Beverly Hills home. He was 96. His death was confirmed by his son, Michael, who said his father had cancer. During a career that spanned radio, television, films and records, Charles was known for his ability to create melodies and meld voices in an intimate, easy-listening style that was well-suited to TV musical revues of the 1950s, '60s and '70s. He arranged and composed music for such shows as...

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