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Ray Charles' 1959 album sparks into life with the title track's flurry of swinging keyboard lines, jangling percussion, and his legendary moans and wails. From that upbeat start, Charles runs through a frisky selection of powerhouse R&B songs. He also takes fearless detours over to the blues side (the slinky, Hammond organ-powered "Tell Me How Do You Feel") and flirts with rock 'n' roll on the sassy "You Be My Baby," a ditty about wooing the girls that's pepped up by perky horns.

Customer Reviews

Wrong Album?

The description does not appear to match this album. The referenced tracks all belong to another "Live" album with a 1959 date. The album is great in its own right.

What'd I Say, Pt. 1

Possibly his best composition.


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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