Charles Wayne Hendricks was born on October 1, 1959, and is the son of Ray Charles and Margie Hendricks.
He mostly keeps a private life out of the public eye and very little is known about him.
Who is his Charles Wayne Hendricks father?
Charles Wayne Hendricks’ father is Ray Charles.
Ray Charles was an American composer, pianist, and singer. He’s considered one of the most influential singers to ever lived, and is known as “The Genius” by fans and music lovers, or “Brother Ray” by friends and musicians.
He was blinded as a child, potentially from glaucoma.
He pioneered the genre of soul music in the 1950s while working under the famous record label Atlantic. This involved combining gospel, blues, and jazz.
Who is Charles Wayne Hendricks’ mother?
Charles Wayne Hendricks’ mother is Majorie “Margie” Hendricks. Margie Hendricks was one of the founders of the Raelettes, the backup singers for Ray Charles.
As a teenager she played piano, sang, and directed her church choir. She joined the band the Cookies in 1956 and had a #9 hit. In ‘58 she left the Cookies and founded the Raelettes.
While part of the Raelettes, she had an affair with Ray Charles, which resulted in one son, Charles Wayne Hendricks.
After the birth of Charles Wayne, Margie wanted Ray Charles to leave his wife, however, Ray wouldn’t leave his wife to live with her and Charles.
Their relationship began to sour in the 1960s and she became addicted to heroin and alcohol and her career suffered terribly.
While touring Europe in July 1964, Margie was fired from the Raelettes after an argument with Ray.
After the Raelettes, she signed a label with Mercury Records. She released a few singles, however none of them gained traction and she delved deeper into alcohol and harder drugs.
Margie died in New York on July 14, 1973 at age 38. There is no official cause of death as no autopsy was performed.
It is rumored shed died of a heroin overdose, while some people claimed she died from a car accident. She is buried at New Bethlehem Missionary Baptist Church Cemetery in Register, Georgia.
In the movie ‘Ray’, Margie is portrayed by actress Regina King.
How many baby mothers did Ray Charles have?
Ray Charles had a total of 12 children with 10 different women.
Who are Charles Wayne Hendricks siblings?
His full sibling was George Charles, who drowned when he was four in his mom’s laundry tub.
He has 11 half siblings: Ray Charles Robinson Jr. co-produced Ray and wrote You Don’t Know Me, both about his father. He is the eldest son.
Sheila Raye Charles is a songwriter, composer, and singer. She’s had a hard life, with childhood abuse, drug addiction, prison, losing custody of her children, and more. But in the mid-2000’s she released her first records.
Who raised Charles Wayne Hendricks?
Charles Wayne Hendricks was raised by his mother Margie Hendricks, However, his mother died when he was only 14. After her death, Charles was raised by his relatives.
What is Charles Wayne Hendricks doing now?
Charles Wayne Hendricks lived out of the public eye for his entire life. He passed away in 2013.
In his obituary it stated that he married Marlene Hendricks of Aurora, Colorado and had several children with her.
Who inherited the Ray Charles estate? How much is his estate worth?
Most of Charles’ assets were left to his charity, but half a million were placed in trusts for each of his 12 children. But he was so vague that some children thought they would get $1 each. Charles made hints of there being more for them “down the line”.
Charles held strict control over his recordings and music, but now his legacy is a mess because of legal disputes between family members and the estate’s management.
The executive of Charles’ charity- also his manager- ended up with complete control of the estate, was head of Ray Charles Enterprises, still director of the foundation, and was the trustee of all the children’s trusts. Ray Charles Enterprises holds the rights to all of Charles’ music.
Family members argue that Adams has damaged Charles’ image, so much so that 10 of his children filed a federal lawsuit against him for distorting and trivializing the Charles name.
No documents make it clear who has the rights to Charles’ image, but his children insist that he told them they would have that right.
Thousands of videotapes, musical recordings, and other artifacts are at stake. Estimates of original masters are around $25 million, in addition to $50 million in assets, real estate, and securities.
Charles’ children blame Adams for releasing two posthumous CDs that were remixed and overdubbed, which Charles himself would never do. Neither did well in the charts.
The children hope to win control of Charles’ image and name, and to have more of a voice for the foundation. They can’t get an accounting of the estate because their legal rights to the information are muddy.
Adams even stopped children and other family from going to private family funerals and even ordered for Charles’ casket to be removed from the chapel during a private family service.
He completely disrespects the family and shouldn’t be in charge of Charles’ legacy.
What did Ray Charles’ children inherit?
The children each inherited $500,000 and are fighting for the right to Charles’ name.
Did any Ray Charles’ children go blind?
There are no online accounts of any of the children going blind.
Ray Charles learned Braille to read, write, and compose music while in school. He also learned how to play the clarinet, trumpet, and saxophone to compliment his piano and organ playing.
When he was 15, Ray Charles toured the South and moved to Seattle when he was 16.
Ray Charles battled a heroin addiction in the 60’s but beat the addition at a clinic in LA.
Ray Charles in in the Rhythm and Blues Music Hall of Fame as of 2015.