Showing posts with label Ray Charles. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Ray Charles. Show all posts

Dec 15, 2016

Ray Charles - Hit The Road Jack on Music We Grew Up With, Vol. 2 (1961)

Ray Charles - Hit The Road Jack on Music We Grew Up With, Vol. 2 (1961)
"Hit the Road Jack" is a song written by the rhythm-and-blues artist Percy Mayfield and first recorded in 1960 as an a cappella demo sent to Art Rupe. It became famous after it was recorded by the singer-songwriter-pianist Ray Charles with Raelettes vocalist Margie Hendricks.

Charles's recording hit number one for two weeks on the Billboard Hot 100, beginning on Monday, October 9, 1961. "Hit the Road Jack" won a Grammy award for Best Rhythm and Blues Recording. The song was number one on the R&B Sides chart for five weeks, thereby becoming Charles's sixth number one on that chart. The song is ranked number 387 on Rolling Stone magazine's list of "The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time".

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Stand By Me by Ben E. King
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Ray Charles & The Count Basie Orchestra
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Nov 11, 2016

Ray Charles - Busted on Ultimate Hits Collection (1963)

Ray Charles - Busted on Ultimate Hits Collection (1963)
"Busted" is a song covered by Johnny Cash (with The Carter Family) for Cash's 1963 album Blood, Sweat and Tears. "Busted" was written by Harlan Howard in 1962, and has been covered by several notable artists, including Ray Charles (also in 1963) and Patty Loveless (2009).

The song is about a dirt-poor farmer struggling to support his family, bemoaning a stack of bills, his family's needs, animals that won't produce and land that is barren. He even tries to ask his brother for assistance, but his brother was actually going to come to him for help. Finally, he admits he's going to pack up his family and leave to find a better life.

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Cover versions

  • Johnny Cash, with the Carter Family, reached #13 on Billboard's Hot Country Songs chart in 1963.
  • Ray Charles reached #4 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in 1963. This was from his album Ingredients in a Recipe for Soul. A live version with Willie Nelson was included in Charles' 2005 duets album Genius & Friends.
  • Nazareth covered it on Expect No Mercy in 1977.
  • John Conlee reached #6 on Billboard's Hot Country Singles chart in 1982.
  • Patty Loveless released a version in 2009 from her studio album Mountain Soul II. This version contains a lyrical change which alters the occupation of the narrator from a cotton farmer to a miner ("Cotton is down to a quarter a pound" is replaced with "We've had a hard time since they closed down the mine"), but the overall theme is the same.
  • Chris LeDoux covered it on Used to Want to be a Cowboy in 1991.
  • Green On Red covered it on The BBC Sessions released in 2007.
  • Hazel Dickens covered it on her 1980 Hard Hitting Songs For Hard Hit People album.
  • Wanda Jackson covered it on her album The Party Ain't Over (2011).
  • The Waldos covered it on their album Rent Party in 1994.
  • Andre Williams covered it on his album Red Dirt in 1999.
  • Tim O'Brien covered it on his album Cornbread Nation in 2005.

Oct 26, 2016

Ray Charles - You Don't Know Me on Ultimate Hits Collection (1962)

"You Don't Know Me" is a song written by Cindy Walker based on a title and storyline given to her by Eddy Arnold in 1955. "You Don't Know Me" was first recorded by Arnold that year and released as a single on April 21, 1956 on RCA Victor.

The first version of the song to make the Billboard charts was by Jerry Vale in 1956, peaking at #14 on the pop chart. Arnold's version charted two months later, released as an RCA Victor single, 47-6502, backed with "The Rockin' Mockin' Bird", which reached #10 on the Billboard country chart. Cash Box magazine, which combined all best-selling versions at one position, included a version by Carmen McRae that never appeared in the Billboard Top 100 Sides listing.

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The best-selling version of the song is by Ray Charles, who took it to #2 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in 1962, after releasing the song on his #1 album Modern Sounds In Country And Western Music. This version also topped the "Easy listening" chart for three weeks in 1962, and was used in the 1993 comedy film Groundhog Day. The song was the twelfth number one country hit for Mickey Gilley in 1981.

Jun 5, 2016

Ray Charles - Here We Go Again on Ray Charles Anthology (1967)

Ray Charles - Here We Go Again on Ray Charles Anthology (1967)

"Here We Go Again" is a country music standard written by Don Lanier and Red Steagall that first became notable as a rhythm and blues single by Ray Charles from his 1967 album Ray Charles Invites You to Listen. It was produced by Joe Adams for ABC Records/Tangerine Records. To date, this version of the song has been the biggest commercial success, spending twelve consecutive weeks on the US Billboard Hot 100 chart, peaking at number 15.

The most notable cover version is a rhythm and blues duet by Charles and Norah Jones, which appeared on the 2004 album Genius Loves Company. This version has been the biggest critical success. When Genius Loves Company was released, "Here We Go Again" earned Grammy Awards for Record of the Year and Best Pop Collaboration at the 47th Grammy Awards posthumously for Charles who died in 2004. Another notable version by Nancy Sinatra charted for five weeks in 1969. Johnny Duncan charted the song on Billboard's Hot Country Songs chart for five weeks in 1972, while Roy Clark did so for seven weeks in 1982.

The song has been covered in a wide variety of musical genres. In total, five different versions have been listed on the music charts. Although its two most successful versions have been rhythm and blues recordings, many of its other notable covers were featured on country music albums. "Here We Go Again" was first covered in an instrumental jazz format, and many of the more recent covers have been sung as duets, such as one with Willie Nelson and Norah Jones with Wynton Marsalis accompanying. The song was released on their 2011 tribute album Here We Go Again: Celebrating the Genius of Ray Charles. The song lent its name to Red Steagall's 2007 album as well. Cover versions have appeared on compilation albums by a number of artists, even some who did not release "Here We Go Again" as a single.