Ray Charles first black artist to own his master recordings. If you saw the movie, then you know about the scene when he was about to sign with ABC records and he asked if he could own his masters, and the record executive said come on Ray no artist owns their masters, not even Frank Sinatra. But Ray got to own those masters anyway and made history by doing it. Plus it made him a lot of money. It’s black history month and Ray Charles is a icon who deserves to be recognized for this contribution he made in the music business. Many artist own their masters because of what Ray Charles.