239. Ray Charles, 'I Got a Woman'
Writers: Charles, Renald Richard
Producer: Jerry Wexler
Released: Nov. '54, ABC-Parliament
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)