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Ray Charles - What'd I Say

Sao Paulo, Brazil (22 September 1963) Ray Charles Robinson (September 23, 1930 -- June 10, 2004) was an American singer-songwriter, musician and composer known as Ray Charles. He was a pioneer in the genre of soul music during the 1950s by fusing rhythm and blues, gospel, and blues styles into his early recordings with Atlantic Records. He also helped racially integrate country and pop music during the 1960s with his crossover success on ABC Records, most notably with his Modern Sounds albums. While with ABC, Charles became one of the first African-American musicians to be given artistic control by a mainstream record company. The influences upon his music were mainly jazz, blues, rhythm and blues, and country artists of the day such as Art Tatum, Nat King Cole, Louis Jordan, Charles Brown, and Louis Armstrong. His playing reflected influences from country blues, barrelhouse and stride piano styles. Frank Sinatra called Charles "the only true genius in show business", although Charles downplayed this notion. He was blind since age 7. "What'd I Say" (or "What I Say") is a an American Rock n roll\R&B song, by Ray Charles released in 1959 as a single divided into two parts. It was improvised one evening late in 1958 when Charles, his orchestra, and backup singers had played their entire set list at a show and still had time left; the response from many audiences was so enthusiastic that Charles announced to his producer that he was going to record it. After his run of R&B hits, this song finally broke Charles into mainstream pop music and itself sparked a new sub-genre of R&B titled soul, finally putting together all the elements that Charles had been creating since he recorded "I Got a Woman" in 1954. The gospel and rhumba influences combined with the sexual innuendo in the song made it not only widely popular but very controversial to both white and black audiences. It earned Ray Charles his first gold record and has been one of the most influential songs in R&B and rock and roll history. For the rest of his career, Charles closed every concert with the song. It was added to the National Recording Registry in 2002 and ranked at number 10 in Rolling Stone's "The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time". Lyrics: Hey mama, don't you treat me wrong Come and love your daddy all night long All right, all right, all right, all right, all right now When you see me in misery Come on baby, see about me Now, now, all right now See the girl with the red dress on She can Birdland all night long All right, all right, all right, all right, all right now See the girl with the diamond ring She knows how to shake that thing All right, all right, all right now, all right, all right now Tell your mama, tell your pa I'm gonna send you back to Arkansas Oh yes, ma'm, you don't do right, don't do right What'd I say Tell me what'd I say, now Tell me what'd I say, yeah Tell me what'd I say, now Tell me what'd I say Tell me what'd I say I wanna know I wanna know And-a I wanna know And I wanna know And-a I wanna know I wanna know yeah Awh it's all right (baby it's all right) Said that it's all right right now (baby it's all right) Said that it's all right (baby it's all right) Said that it's all right yeah (baby it's all right) Said that it's all right (baby it's all right) Said that it's all right (baby it's all right) Shake that thing now (baby shake that thing) Baby shake that thing now now (baby shake that thing) Baby shake that thing (baby shake that thing) Baby shake that thing right now (baby shake that thing) Baby shake that thing (baby shake that thing) Baby shake that thing (baby shake that thing) Ah! Make me feel so good (make me feel so good) Make me feel so good now yeah (make me feel so good) Woah! Baby (make me feel so good) Make me feel so good yeah (make me feel so good) Make me feel so good (make me feel so good) Make me feel so good yeah (make me feel so good) Oh one more time (just one more time) Say it one more time right now (just one more time) Say it one more time now (just one more time) Say it one more time yeah (just one more time) Say it one more time (just one more time) Say it one more time yeah (just one more time)
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