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From the Vault: Ray Charles Hits the Road

That’s a lot of genius to pack into two minutes and nineteen seconds. Here’s a later version of the same song. It isn’t clear if it is the same version of the

I am not a critic or analyst, but was struck by the idea that the whole song is a conversation between Charles and the Raelettes. That seems to me to be unique.

Other videos of note – among the dozens of good ones at YouTube – are Georgia on My Mind and America, the Beautiful.

ray_charlesHis website has a lot of material, including a biography and discography. Finally, here is a link to the IMDb listing for the very good 2004 biopic Ray, which starred Jamie Foxx. They had the good sense to have Foxx lip sync the music.

Note: TDMB continually re-posts great music from the early days of the site. This post, in a slightly different form, originally appeared on March 14, 2012.

Below is “What I’d Say.”