Music – 1978 – Ray Charles – I Can See Clearly Now – Performed Live On Stage in New York City

“I Can See Clearly Now” is a song originally recorded by Johnny Nash….which was a single from the album of the same name….and achieved success in the United States and the United Kingdom….when it was released in 1972….while reaching # 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart…..and covered by many artists throughout the years….including a 1993 hit version by Jimmy Cliff….who re-recorded…

Music – 1978 – Ray Charles & His Original 50s Band – Ive Got A Woman + I Believe + Hit The Road Jack

“Hit the Road Jack“ is a song written by the rhythm and blues artist Percy Mayfield….which was first recorded in 1960 as an a cappella demo sent to Art Rupe…..but it became famous after it was recorded by the singer-songwriter-pianist Ray Charles with The Raelettes vocalist Margie Hendrix….and eventually became one of Charles’ signature songs. Charles’s recording hit # 1 for two weeks on the Billboard Hot 100….as “Hit the…

Music – 1978 – Ray Charles – Jazz Piece With His Original 1950s Band – With Brother Ray On Saxophone

In June 1952, Atlantic Records bought Ray Charles’s contract for $2,500 (US $24,070 in 2019 dollars)….when in his first recording session for Atlantic….songs like “The Midnight Hour”and “Roll with My Baby” took place in September 1952….although his last Swing Time release of “Misery in My Heart”/”The Snow Is Falling” wouldn’t appear until February 1953. In 1953, “Mess…

Music – 1980 – Ray Charles – Busted – Sung Live At Austin City Limits

“Busted” is a song that was written by Harlan Howard in 1962…..and was recorded and first released by Johnny Cash with the Carter Family for his 1963 album Blood, Sweat and Tears.…. however, the first recording was by Burl Ives in 1962. It has subsequently been recorded by several notable artists, including Ray Charles (also in 1963) and Patty Loveless (2009)…..as the song is about a dirt-poor farmer struggling…

Music – 1982 – Ray Charles – Georgia On My Mind – Sung Live At Constitution Hall In Concert

“Georgia on My Mind“ is a 1930 song written by Hoagy Carmichael and Stuart Gorrell…..which was first recorded that year…..as the song has often been associated with Ray Charles, a native of the U.S. state of Georgia, who recorded it for his 1960 album The Genius Hits the Road.  It has been asserted that Hoagy Carmichael wrote the song about his sister, Georgia…..but Carmichael…

Music – 1982 – Ray Charles & The Raelettes – I Cant Stop Loving You – Sung Live In Concert At Constitution Hall

“I Can’t Stop Loving You“ is a popular song written and composed by country singer, songwriter, and musician Don Gibson….who first recorded it on December 30, 1957 for RCA Victor Records. It was released in 1958 as the B-side of “Oh, Lonesome Me”…thus becoming a double-sided  country hit single. At the time of Gibson’s death in 2003, the song had been recorded by more than…

Music – 1982 – Ray Charles – You Dont Know Me – Sung Live In Concert At Constitution Hall

“You Don’t Know Me“ is a song written by Cindy Walker….which was based on a title and story line given to her by Eddy Arnold in 1955…..and 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 #…

Music – 1982 – Ray Charles – Just Because – Performed Live At Constitution Hall

Brother Ray, Oh Brother Ray…..your genius never ceases to move our emotions…..for you can deliver a ballad or a love song like nobody else….with those rough notes laced with soft gentle kindness…..it’s just because you’re near that the cold nights grow warmer….as Heaven’s not so far away….so, whisper in my ear….cuz gentle is the darkness…

Music – 1982 – Ray Charles – Busted – Sung Live At Constitution Hall Concert

“Busted” is a song written by Harlan Howard in 1962…..which was recorded and first released by Johnny Cash (with the Carter Family) for Cash’s 1963 album Blood, Sweat and Tears.….with the first recording was by Burl Ives in 1962…..as it has subsequently been recorded by several notable artists including Ray Charles also in 1963 and Patty Loveless in 2009.  The song is about a dirt-poor farmer struggling to…