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To tell the story of Ray Charles is to tell the story of a singing genius who was touched by grace from his earliest childhood. Like an alchemist, all the melodies borrowed or created by this pianist-singer-songwriter-arranger were turned to gold. We can understand the nicknames that were given to him—"The Genius" or "The High Priest Of Soul"—but none will s...

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Title Artist Album Duration
1
Hit the Road Jack
Ray Charles True Genius 00:01:59

Ray Charles, Arranger, MainArtist - Percy Mayfield, Composer

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2
Georgia on My Mind
Ray Charles True Genius 00:03:39

Sid Feller, Producer - Ray Charles, MainArtist - Ralph Burns, Arranger - HOAGY CARMICHAEL, Composer - Stuart Gorrell, Composer

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3
What'd I Say, Pt. 1 & 2
Ray Charles Ray Charles Story, Volume Two (Édition Studio Masters) 00:06:31

Ray Charles, Hammond Organ, Electric Piano, Vocals, Writer, MainArtist - Milt Turner, Drums - David "Fathead" Newman, Alto Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone - Bennie Ross "Hank" Crawford Jr., Baritone Saxophone - Edgar "Lemon, Thumper" Willis, Double Bass

© 1962 Atlantic Records ℗ 1959 Atlantic Recording Corporation for the United States and WEA International Inc. for the world outside of the United States.

4
Unchain My Heart
Ray Charles True Genius 00:02:51

Bobby Sharp, Composer - Ray Charles, Arranger, MainArtist - Teddy Powell, Composer

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5
I've Got a Woman
Ray Charles Hallelujah I Love Her So ! 00:02:52

Jerry Wexler, Producer - Ray Charles, Piano, Vocals, Writer, MainArtist - AHMET ERTEGUN, Producer - CHESTER BURNETT, Writer - Glenn Brooks, Drums - Wesley Jackson, Guitar - David "Fathead" Newman, Alto Saxophone - Donald "Don" Wilkerson, Tenor Saxophone - Joseph “Joe” Bridgewater, Trumpet - Charles “Clanky” Whitley, Trumpet - James "Jimmy" Bell, Double Bass

© 1962 Atlantic Records. ℗ 1954 Atlantic Recording Corp. for the US and WEA International for the world outside the US.

6
I'm a Fool to Care
Ray Charles True Genius 00:03:18

Ted Daffan, Composer - Sid Feller, Producer, Arranger - Ray Charles, MainArtist

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Jerry Wexler, Producer - Lloyd Trotman, Double Bass - Ray Charles, Piano, Vocals, MainArtist - AHMET ERTEGUN, Producer, Writer - Candido Camero, Double Bass - Dave McRae, Baritone Saxophone - Freddie Mitchell, Saxophone - Pinky Williams, Saxophone - Jesse Stone, Arranger - Conrad "Connie Kay" Kimon, Drums

© 1962 Atlantic Records ℗ 1953 Atlantic Recording Corp. for the US and WEA International for the world outside the US.

8
Hallelujah, I Love Her So
Ray Charles Hallelujah I Love Her So ! 00:02:35

Jerry Wexler, Producer - Ray Charles, Piano, Writer, MainArtist - TOM DOWD, Engineer - Nesuhi Ertegun, Producer - Percy Heath, Double Bass - Milton "Bags" Jackson, Vibraphone - Arthur "Art" S. Taylor, Jr., Drums - Kenneth "Kenny" Earl Burrell, Guitar

© 1962 Atlantic Records. ℗ 1955 Atlantic Recording Corp. for the US and WEA International for the world outside the US.

9
I Can't Stop Loving You
Ray Charles Modern Sounds In Country And Western Music, Vols 1 & 2 00:04:16

Sid Feller, Producer - Ray Charles, MainArtist - Don Gibson, ComposerLyricist

℗ 2009 The Ray Charles Foundation under license to Concord Music Group

10
Ev'ry Time We Say Goodbye
Ray Charles Baby, It's Cold Outside 00:04:41

Ray Charles & Betty Carter, Performer - Porter, Composer, Lyricist

2015 Railroad

11
Drown in My Own Tears (Live at Alonzo Herndon Stadium, Atlanta, GA, 5/28/1959)
Ray Charles The Ray Charles Story Volume 2 00:06:22

Ray Charles, Piano, Vocals, MainArtist - Marcus Belgrave, Trumpet - Henry Glover, Writer - David "Fathead" Newman, Alto Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone - John Hunt, Trumpet - Teagle Fleming, Drums - Ivan Miles, Engineer - Margaret "Margie" Hendricks, Background Vocals - Priscilla "Pat" Lyles, Background Vocals - Darlene "Ethel" McCrea, Background Vocals - Bennie Ross "Hank" Crawford Jr., Baritone Saxophone - Edgar "Lemon, Thumper" Willis, Double Bass - Zenas "Daddy" Sears, Producer

© 1962 Atlantic Records ℗ 1959 Atlantic Recording Corp. for the US and WEA International for the world outside the US.

12
A Fool for You
Ray Charles Hallelujah I Love Her So ! 00:03:01

Jerry Wexler, Producer - Ray Charles, Piano, Vocals, Writer, MainArtist - David "Fathead" Newman, Alto Saxophone - Riley Webb, Trumpet - Roosevelt Sheffield, Double Bass - Donald "Don" Wilkerson, Tenor Saxophone - Joseph “Joe” Bridgewater, Trumpet - William "Bill" Peeples, Drums

© 1962 Atlantic Records. ℗ 1955 Atlantic Recording Corp. for the US and WEA International for the world outside the US.

13
America the Beautiful
Ray Charles True Genius 00:03:36

Katherine Lee Bates, Composer - Samuel A. Ward, Composer - Ray Charles, Composer, Producer, Arranger, MainArtist

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Sid Feller, Producer - Ray Charles, MainArtist - Cindy Walker, ComposerLyricist - Eddy Arnold, ComposerLyricist

℗ 2009 The Ray Charles Foundation under license to Concord Music Group

15
Here We Go Again
Ray Charles True Genius 00:03:16

Sid Feller, Arranger - Ray Charles, MainArtist - TRC, Producer - Don Lanier, Composer - Red Steagall, Composer

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16
Get on the Right Track Baby
Ray Charles The Ray Charles Story, Volume Three (Édition Studio Masters) 00:02:24

Ray Charles, Piano, Vocals, MainArtist - David "Fathead" Newman, Alto Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone - Roosevelt Sheffield, Double Bass - John Hunt, Trumpet - Titus Turner, Writer - William "Bill" Peeples, Drums - Emmott "Jay" Dennis, Baritone Saxophone

© 1966 Atlantic Records ℗ 1958 Atlantic Records

17
Take These Chains from My Heart
Ray Charles True Genius 00:02:56

Hy Heath, Composer - Sid Feller, Producer - Ray Charles, MainArtist - MARTY PAICH, Conductor, Arranger - FRED ROSE, Composer

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Ray Charles, Electric Piano, Vocals, MainArtist - TOM DOWD, Engineer - Marcus Belgrave, Trumpet - David "Fathead" Newman, Tenor Saxophone - John Hunt, Trumpet - Teagle Fleming, Drums - Mary Ann Fisher, Background Vocals - Herman Lubinsky, Writer - Oscar Cadena, Writer - Margaret "Margie" Hendricks, Background Vocals, Featured Vocals - Priscilla "Pat" Lyles, Background Vocals - Darlene "Ethel" McCrea, Background Vocals - Bennie Ross "Hank" Crawford Jr., Baritone Saxophone - Edgar "Lemon, Thumper" Willis, Double Bass - Napoleon Brown Goodson Culp, Writer

© 1962 Atlantic Records ℗ 1958 Atlantic Recording Corporation

19
Busted
Ray Charles True Genius 00:02:36

Sid Feller, Producer - Ray Charles, MainArtist - Harlan Howard, Composer - Benny Carter, Arranger

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20
Roll with My Baby (Remastered LP Version)
Ray Charles Pure Genius: The Complete Atlantic Recordings 1952-1959 00:02:35

Ray Charles, Piano, Vocals, MainArtist - Oscar Moore, Drums - Jesse Drakes, Trumpet - Sam Sweet, Writer - Lloyd Lambert, Double Bass

© 2005 Atlantic Recording Corp. Manufactured And Marketed By Warner Strategic Marketing. ℗ 1952 Atlantic Recording Corporation for the United States and WEA International Inc. for the world outside of the United States.

21
Baby, It's Cold Outside
Ray Charles True Genius 00:04:10

Ray Charles, Arranger, MainArtist - MARTY PAICH, Conductor - FRANK LOESSER, Composer - Betty Carter, LeadVocals

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22
It Had to Be You
Ray Charles The Genius Of Ray Charles 00:02:45

Jerry Wexler, Producer - Quentin Jackson, Trombone - Ray Charles, Piano, Vocals, MainArtist - Frank Wess, Flute, Alto Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone - Joe Newman, Trumpet - TOM DOWD, Engineer - Marcus Belgrave, Trumpet - Ernie Royal, Trumpet - Nesuhi Ertegun, Producer - Charlie Persip, Drums - Freddie Green, Guitar - Eddie Jones, Double Bass - David "Fathead" Newman, Tenor Saxophone - John Hunt, Trumpet - Clark Terry, Trumpet - Paul Gonsalves, Tenor Saxophone - Charlie Fowlkes, Baritone Saxophone - Eugene "Snooky" Young, Trumpet - Marshall Royal, Alto Saxophone - Melba Liston, Trombone - Teagle Fleming, Drums - Thomas Mitchell, Trombone - Billy Mitchell, Saxophone - Al Gray, Trombone - Isham Edgar Jones, Writer - Bennie Ross "Hank" Crawford Jr., Baritone Saxophone - Edgar "Lemon, Thumper" Willis, Double Bass - William "Bill" Schwartau, Engineer - Ernest "Ernie" Brooks Wilkins Jr., Arranger - Gustav "Gus" Gerson Kahn, Writer

© 1959 Atlantic Records ℗ 1959 Atlantic Recording Corporation for the United States and WEA International Inc. for the world outside of the United States.

23
I Don't Need No Doctor
Ray Charles True Genius 00:02:33

Ray Charles, MainArtist - NICKOLAS ASHFORD, Composer - Valerie Simpson, Composer - TRC, Producer - JOSEPHINE ARMSTEAD, Composer

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24
The Midnight Hour (2016 Mono Remaster)
Ray Charles The Atlantic Studio Albums in Mono 00:03:02

Ray Charles, Piano, Vocals, MainArtist - Oscar Moore, Drums - Jesse Drakes, Trumpet - Sam Sweet, Writer - Lloyd Lambert, Double Bass

© 2016 Atlantic Recording Corporation. All rights reserved. ℗ 1961 Atlantic Records Remastered 2016 Rhino Entertainment

25
You Are My Sunshine
Ray Charles Modern Sounds In Country And Western Music, Vols 1 & 2 00:02:58

Charles Mitchell, ComposerLyricist - Sid Feller, Producer - Ray Charles, MainArtist - Jimmie Davis, ComposerLyricist

℗ 2009 The Ray Charles Foundation under license to Concord Music Group

26
One Mint Julep
Ray Charles True Genius 00:03:06

Ray Charles, MainArtist - Quincy Jones, Arranger - Rudy Toombs, Composer

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27
Lonely Avenue (Remastered Version)
Ray Charles Pure Genius: The Complete Atlantic Recordings 1952-1959 00:02:33

Ray Charles, Piano, Vocals, MainArtist - David "Fathead" Newman, Alto Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone - Roosevelt Sheffield, Double Bass - John Hunt, Trumpet - Dorothy Jones, Background Vocals - Jerome Felder, Writer - Earl-Jean "Ethel" McCrea, Background Vocals - Margaret "Margie" Hendricks, Background Vocals - Priscilla "Pat" Lyles, Background Vocals - Darlene "Ethel" McCrea, Background Vocals - William "Bill" Peeples, Drums - Emmott "Jay" Dennis, Baritone Saxophone

© 2005 Atlantic Recording Corp. Manufactured And Marketed By Warner Strategic Marketing. ℗ 1956 Atlantic Recording Corporation

28
Them That Got
Ray Charles True Genius 00:02:49

Ray Charles, MainArtist - Ricci Harper, Composer

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Felice Bryant, ComposerLyricist - Sid Feller, Producer - Ray Charles, MainArtist - Boudleaux Bryant, ComposerLyricist

℗ 2009 The Ray Charles Foundation under license to Concord Music Group

30
No One
Ray Charles True Genius 00:03:10

Sid Feller, Producer - Ray Charles, MainArtist - Doc Pomus, Composer - Mort Shuman, Composer - Gerald Wilson, Conductor, Arranger

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31
Mary Ann
Ray Charles Hallelujah I Love Her So ! 00:02:49

Jerry Wexler, Producer - Ray Charles, Piano, Vocals, Writer, MainArtist - AHMET ERTEGUN, Producer - Cecil Payne, Baritone Saxophone - David "Panama" Francis, Drums - Joshua "Jack" Willis, Trumpet - Paul E. West, Double Bass - Donald "Don" Wilkerson, Tenor Saxophone - Joseph “Joe” Bridgewater, Trumpet

© 1962 Atlantic Records. ℗ 1955 Atlantic Recording Corp. for the US and WEA International for the world outside the US.

32
Come Rain or Come Shine
Ray Charles The Genius Of Ray Charles 00:03:39

Jerry Wexler, Producer - Ted Sommer, Drums - Wendell Marshall, Double Bass - Unknown, Orchestra - Ray Charles, Piano, Vocals, MainArtist - Ralph Burns, Arranger - TOM DOWD, Engineer - Allen Hanlon, Guitar - Bob Brookmeyer, Trombone - Harry Lookofsky, Conductor - Nesuhi Ertegun, Producer - John Herndon Mercer, Writer - Hyman Arluck, Writer - William "Bill" Schwartau, Engineer

© 1959 Atlantic Records ℗ 1959 Atlantic Recording Corp.

33
Let's Go Get Stoned
Ray Charles True Genius 00:02:57

Ray Charles, Arranger, MainArtist - NICKOLAS ASHFORD, Composer - Valerie Simpson, Composer - Joe Adams, Producer - JOSEPHINE ARMSTEAD, Composer

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34
My Melancholy Baby
Ray Charles The Great Ray Charles 00:04:24

Maybelle E. Watson, Writer - Jerry Wexler, Producer - Ray Charles, Arranger, Keyboards, Additional Piano, MainArtist - TOM DOWD, RecordingEngineer - Oscar Pettiford, Double Bass - Nesuhi Ertegun, Producer - David "Fathead" Newman, Alto Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone - Roosevelt Sheffield, Double Bass - John Hunt, Trumpet - EARL BROWN, RecordingEngineer - Joe Harris, Drums - George A. Norton, Writer - Ernie Burnett, Writer - Joseph “Joe” Bridgewater, Trumpet - William "Bill" Peeples, Drums - Emmott "Jay" Dennis, Baritone Saxophone

© 1957 Atlantic Records ℗ 1957 Atlantic Records

Sid Feller, Producer - Frankie Brown, ComposerLyricist - Ray Charles, MainArtist

℗ 2009 The Ray Charles Foundation under license to Concord Music Group

36
Eleanor Rigby
Ray Charles True Genius 00:03:00

Sid Feller, Arranger - Ray Charles, MainArtist - John Lennon, Composer - Paul Mccartney, Composer - TRC, Producer

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Jerry Wexler, Producer, Tambourine - Ray Charles, Piano, Vocals, Writer, MainArtist - AHMET ERTEGUN, Producer - David "Fathead" Newman, Alto Saxophone - Roosevelt Sheffield, Double Bass - John Hunt, Trumpet - Dorothy Jones, Background Vocals - Earl-Jean "Ethel" McCrea, Background Vocals - Joseph “Joe” Bridgewater, Trumpet - Margaret "Margie" Hendricks, Background Vocals - Priscilla "Pat" Lyles, Background Vocals - Darlene "Ethel" McCrea, Background Vocals - William "Bill" Peeples, Drums - Emmott "Jay" Dennis, Baritone Saxophone

© 1962 Atlantic Records ℗ 1956 Atlantic Recording Corporation

38
Sticks and Stones
Ray Charles The Complete ABC Recordings (1959-1961) 00:02:15

Ray Charles, Primary - Ray Charles, Soloist

2012 Le Chant du Monde

39
We Can Make It
Ray Charles True Genius 00:03:42

Ray Charles, MainArtist - Jimmy Lewis, Composer, Arranger - TRC, Producer

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40
Don't Let the Sun Catch You Cryin' (2016 Mono Remaster)
Ray Charles The Atlantic Studio Albums in Mono 00:03:44

Jerry Wexler, Producer - Ted Sommer, Drums - Wendell Marshall, Double Bass - Unknown, Orchestra - Ray Charles, Piano, Vocals, MainArtist - Ralph Burns, Arranger - TOM DOWD, Engineer - Allen Hanlon, Guitar - Bob Brookmeyer, Trombone - Harry Lookofsky, Conductor - Nesuhi Ertegun, Producer - William "Bill" Schwartau, Engineer - Joseph "Joe" Perkins Greene, Writer

© 2016 Atlantic Recording Corporation. All rights reserved. ℗ 1959 Atlantic Records Remastered 2016 Rhino Entertainment

41
Let the Good Times Roll
Ray Charles The Genius Of Ray Charles 00:02:50

Jerry Wexler, Producer - Quentin Jackson, Trombone - Ray Charles, Piano, Vocals, MainArtist - Frank Wess, Flute, Alto Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone - Joe Newman, Trumpet - TOM DOWD, Engineer - Marcus Belgrave, Trumpet - Quincy Jones, Arranger - Ernie Royal, Trumpet - Nesuhi Ertegun, Producer - Charlie Persip, Drums - Freddie Green, Guitar - Eddie Jones, Double Bass - David "Fathead" Newman, Tenor Saxophone - John Hunt, Trumpet - Clark Terry, Trumpet - Paul Gonsalves, Tenor Saxophone - Fleecie Moore, Writer - Charlie Fowlkes, Baritone Saxophone - Eugene "Snooky" Young, Trumpet - John "Zoot" Sims, Saxophone - Marshall Royal, Alto Saxophone - Melba Liston, Trombone - Teagle Fleming, Drums - Thomas Mitchell, Trombone - Al Gray, Trombone - Bennie Ross "Hank" Crawford Jr., Baritone Saxophone - Edgar "Lemon, Thumper" Willis, Double Bass - William "Bill" Schwartau, Engineer - Samuel "Sam" Allen Theard, Writer

© 1959 Atlantic Records ℗ 1959 Atlantic Recording Corporation for the United States and WEA International Inc. for the world outside of the United States.

42
Night Time Is The Right Time (Remastered Live at Newport Jazz Version)
Ray Charles Pure Genius: The Complete Atlantic Recordings 1952-1959 00:04:04

Ray Charles, Electric Piano, Vocals, MainArtist - TOM DOWD, Engineer - Edgar Willis, Double Bass - Marcus Belgrave, Trumpet - David "Fathead" Newman, Tenor Saxophone - Harold Chapman, Engineer - Bennie Crawford, Baritone Saxophone - Herman Lubinsky, Writer - Oscar Cadena, Writer - Margaret "Margie" Hendricks, Background Vocals, Featured Vocals - Priscilla "Pat" Lyles, Background Vocals - Darlene "Ethel" McCrea, Background Vocals - Richard "Richie" Goldberg, Drums - Doretta James, Background Vocals - Wilson Leroy "Lee" Harper, Trumpet - Napoleon Brown Goodson Culp, Writer

© 2005 Atlantic Recording Corp. Manufactured And Marketed By Warner Strategic Marketing. ℗ 1958 Atlantic Recording Corporation for the United States and WEA International Inc. for the world outside of the United States.

43
Ring of Fire
Ray Charles True Genius 00:03:08

June Carter Cash, Composer - Sid Feller, Arranger - Ray Charles, Producer, MainArtist - MERLE KILGORE, Composer

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44
This Little Girl of Mine
Ray Charles Hallelujah I Love Her So ! 00:02:34

Jerry Wexler, Producer - Ray Charles, Piano, Vocals, Writer, MainArtist - AHMET ERTEGUN, Producer - David "Fathead" Newman, Alto Saxophone, Background Vocals - Riley Webb, Trumpet - Roosevelt Sheffield, Double Bass - Mary Ann Fisher, Background Vocals - Donald "Don" Wilkerson, Tenor Saxophone, Background Vocals - Joseph “Joe” Bridgewater, Trumpet - William "Bill" Peeples, Drums

© 1962 Atlantic Records. ℗ 1955 Atlantic Recording Corp. for the US and WEA International for the world outside the US.

45
A Song for You
Ray Charles True Genius 00:04:16

Richard Perry, Producer - Ray Charles, MainArtist - Leon Russell, Composer

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46
Sinner's Prayer
Ray Charles Hallelujah I Love Her So ! 00:03:25

Jerry Wexler, Producer - Lloyd Trotman, Double Bass - Ray Charles, Piano, Vocals, MainArtist - AHMET ERTEGUN, Producer - Candido Camero, Congas Drums - Dave McRae, Baritone Saxophone - Freddie Mitchell, Saxophone - Herb Abramson, Producer - Pinky Williams, Saxophone - Lowell Fulson, Writer - Renald Richard, Background Vocals - Sam "The Man" Taylor, Tenor Saxophone - Lloyd Glenn, Writer - Lloyd Colquit Glenn, Writer

© 1962 Atlantic Records. ℗ 1953 Atlantic Recording Corporation for the United States and WEA International Inc. for the world outside of the United States.

47
Greenbacks (Remastered Version)
Ray Charles Pure Genius: The Complete Atlantic Recordings 1952-1959 00:02:49

Jerry Wexler, Producer - Ray Charles, Piano, Vocals, MainArtist - AHMET ERTEGUN, Producer - Glenn Brooks, Drums - Renald Richard, Writer - Wesley Jackson, Guitar - David "Fathead" Newman, Alto Saxophone - Donald "Don" Wilkerson, Tenor Saxophone - Joseph “Joe” Bridgewater, Trumpet - Charles “Clanky” Whitley, Trumpet - James "Jimmy" Bell, Double Bass

© 2005 Atlantic Recording Corp. Manufactured And Marketed By Warner Strategic Marketing. ℗ 1954 Atlantic Recording Corp. for the US and WEA International for the world outside the US.

48
Blues in the Night
Ray Charles True Genius 00:07:39

Ray Charles, Producer, MainArtist - Johnny Mercer, Composer - Harold Arlen, Composer

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49
Leave My Woman Alone
Ray Charles Do The Twist! With Ray Charles (Édition StudioMasters) 00:02:47

Ray Charles, Piano, Vocals, Writer, MainArtist - Jesse Stone, Arranger - David "Fathead" Newman, Alto Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone - Roosevelt Sheffield, Double Bass - John Hunt, Trumpet - Dorothy Jones, Background Vocals - Earl-Jean "Ethel" McCrea, Background Vocals - Margaret "Margie" Hendricks, Background Vocals - Priscilla "Pat" Lyles, Background Vocals - Darlene "Ethel" McCrea, Background Vocals - William "Bill" Peeples, Drums - Emmott "Jay" Dennis, Baritone Saxophone

© 1961 Atlantic Records ℗ 1956 Atlantic Recording Corporation

50
There'll Be No Peace Without All Men as One
Ray Charles True Genius 00:03:52

Ray Charles, Producer, MainArtist - Sadye Shepherd, Composer

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To tell the story of Ray Charles is to tell the story of a singing genius who was touched by grace from his earliest childhood. Like an alchemist, all the melodies borrowed or created by this pianist-singer-songwriter-arranger were turned to gold. We can understand the nicknames that were given to him—"The Genius" or "The High Priest Of Soul"—but none will surpass the one given to him by his musician friends: "Brother Ray," reflecting the strength and intimacy that radiated from his voice, nurtured by the roots of blues and jazz.

Ray Charles, a Stylist Under the Influence

by Stéphane Deschamps

A founding father of soul, whose career spanned half a century, Ray Charles cannot be reduced to a handful of famous hits. He is above all the master of the high-end musical crossover that makes an art of mixing genres, approaching one to better embrace the other. Ray Charles secularised gospel, enriched the blues, played jazz, sang country and approached rock'n'roll. Let's take a look back at his unique style based on the five listed here.

Blues
In the liner notes of his first records, Ray Charles is described as a blues singer. This was reductive even at the time, but nevertheless it was not wrong. Ray Charles of course grew up in the context of the blues: the South, poverty, blindness. His eclectic tastes and upbringing - few bluesmen studied Bach and Mozart as children - freed him from cleaving too closely to the narrow path of a blues musician. Before making records under his own name, Ray Charles was a second-in-command to well-known blues musicians, including guitarists Lowell Fulson and Guitar Slim. Their electric style can be heard in some of Ray Charles' songs, such as 'Black Jack' and 'Sinner's Prayer'. Ray Charles' blues is sometimes slow and heavy, but more often it is rhythmic and sensual, in the Californian style of his model Charles Brown, or in the style of New Orleans, the city where he lived, played and recorded, and where he mastered the art of the musical cocktail. 'Mess Around', his first hit, sounds like an exuberant New Orleans rhythm'n'blues classic.

Gospel
Like any self-respecting old-school African-American musician, Ray Charles grew up with faith and in churches. As a child, he sang there. There are few purely religious songs in his long discography, but there is gospel in all his records: in the depth and freedom of his singing, in the choruses of The Raelettes, in the sound of his voice, in his rhythms, in the mixture of lament and joy he expresses. Ray Charles made no secret of it in an interview: he wrote his first songs by adapting gospel hymns, replacing the worship of Jesus with worship of a sweetheart. His huge 1956 hit 'Hallelujah I Love Her So' is a note-for-note copy of the single 'That's Why I Love Him So', released three years earlier by the Gospel All Stars. Ray Charles was enough of a genius to recycle a gospel song into a love song, while including the religious term "hallelujah" in its title. The same goes for 'It Must Be Jesus' by The Southern Tones, which became 'I Got A Woman' in the hands of Ray Charles. The classic 'What'd I Say', considered the template for soul music, was born out of a stage improvisation with The Raelettes before being recorded in the studio, and is another perfect example of unbridled, defrocked gospel he made. All the ingredients of religious fervour can be found there, but in a very sexualised context. Despite the scandal at the time, Ray Charles did not in fact commit blasphemy. Music was his only religion, and he was most ecumenical.

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