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Also known as Hallelujah I Love Her So, this 1962 release compiles the hits Charles had for the Atlantic label, the ones that first put this "Genius of Soul" on the map. Songs such as "This Little Girl of Mine" and "Sinner's Prayer" would be the first time audiences heard gospel twisted into jazzy, bluesy R&B, turning spiritual moments into secular performances. The salacious moans on Ray's first big hit, "I Got a Woman," sent some gospel fans scampering for their Bibles, but the energy beaming off his performances connected with a larger, more understanding audience.

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Ray Charles

Old ray charlies is great this CD has some of his greatest hits my faverite being "Mess Around" and with other greats Like "Hallelujah, Iove her so". This is just a great album through and through.


Ray charles is savage!

Ray Charles Robinson

Jaimie Fox, a natural, one must watch the movie extras and see these two converse and Mr. Robinson observe Jaimie Fox do his rendition/imatation of a MUSICAL Genus, Mr. Ray Charles Robinson! All of his early music is pure genus! Crossing gospel with R & B! He is and always will be Missed Rest In Peace Mr. Robinson!


Born: September 23, 1930 in Albany, GA

Genre: R&B/Soul

Years Active: '40s, '50s, '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s

Ray Charles was the musician most responsible for developing soul music. Singers like Sam Cooke and Jackie Wilson also did a great deal to pioneer the form, but Charles did even more to devise a new form of black pop by merging '50s R&B with gospel-powered vocals, adding plenty of flavor from contemporary jazz, blues, and (in the '60s) country. Then there was his singing; his style was among the most emotional and easily identifiable of any 20th century performer, up there with the likes of Elvis...
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