500 Greatest Songs of All Time

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Ray Charles, 'I Got a Woman'

Writers: Charles, Renald Richard
Producer:
Jerry Wexler
Released:
Nov. '54, ABC-Parliament
Predates chart

Charles was riding through Indiana one night in 1954 with his musical director Richard when they began singing along to a gospel tune on the radio. "Ray sang something like, 'I got a woman,'" said Richard. "I answered, 'Yeah, she lives across town.'" He finished the song the next day, and Charles cut it at an Atlanta radio station - a session now recognized as the birth of soul.

Appears on: Atlantic Singles (Rhino)

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