Were an American girl group from the 1950s to 2003, formed, as the name suggests, to provide backing vocals for Ray Charles. Between 1966 and 1973, as a separate act, the Raelettes released a number of singles and one compilation album on the Tangerine label. A few of these 45"-records became small pop and R&B hits. Several members later went on to solo careers. Some also thrived as studio background singers. And a few girls were active in other girl groups.