Singular Genius: The Complete ABC Singles

Singular Genius: The Complete ABC Singles

by Ray Charles



It's easy, in retrospect, to map out Ray Charles' journey to musical icon status -- his one-of-a-kind talent became more evident each step of the way as he moved from Swing Time Records to Atlantic Records, and then on to ABC Records. Charles' first recording sessions from the late '40s and very early '50s featured an artist heavily influenced by Nat King Cole and Charles Brown and working in a pronounced pop direction. Charles recorded for several small West Coast labels during this time, but most notably for Jack Lauderdale's Swing Time Records. It wasn't until Lauderdale sold Charles' contract to Atlantic Records (for a mere $2,000) in 1952 that Charles began the legendary fusion of R&B and gospel that led to hits like "What'd I Say" and "I Got a Woman" that single-handedly created what became known as soul. Charles hit his stride at Atlantic, creating the signature synthesis of R&B, gospel, blues, country, and jazz that made him one of the most important and influential figures in pop music history. When ABC-Paramount offered him more creative freedom, ownership of his master recordings after five years, and his own label imprint, Tangerine Records (which Charles used to record some of his personal R&B favorites, including Percy Mayfield, Louis Jordan, and Little Jimmy Scott), Charles left Atlantic and signed with ABC in 1960, remaining with the label through 1972, by which time he was firmly established as an American treasure and icon, thanks to his enduring versions of songs like "Georgia on My Mind," "Hit the Road Jack," and "I Can't Stop Loving You." This expansive five-disc set collects the A- and B-sides of the 53 singles Charles released for ABC-Paramount between 1960 and 1972, along with select album tracks that were formatted for radio play at the time and a handful of live tracks from the period, to make a full survey of Ray Charles at his creative and commercial peak. He was always the Genius -- but these are the songs and performances that finally convinced America and the rest of the world.

Product Details

Release Date: 11/15/2011
Label: Concord Records
UPC: 0888072332584
catalogNumber: 33258


Disc 1

  1. My Baby (I Love Her Yes I Do)
  2. Who You Gonna Love
  3. Sticks and Stones
  4. Worried Life Blues
  5. Georgia on My Mind
  6. Carry Me Back to Old Virginny
  7. Them That Got
  8. I Wonder
  9. Ruby
  10. Hard Hearted Hannah
  11. Hit the Road, Jack
  12. The Danger Zone
  13. Unchain My Heart
  14. But on the Other Hand, Baby
  15. Baby, It's Cold Outside
  16. We'll Be Together Again
  17. At the Club
  18. Hide Nor Hair
  19. I Can't Stop Loving You
  20. Born To Lose
  21. You Don't Know Me
  22. Careless Love

Disc 2

  1. Your Cheatin' Heart
  2. You Are My Sunshine
  3. Don't Set Me Free
  4. The Brightest Smile in Town
  5. Take These Chains from My Heart
  6. No Letter Today
  7. Without Love (There Is Nothing)
  8. No One
  9. Busted
  10. Making Believe
  11. That Lucky Old Sun
  12. Ol' Man Time
  13. Baby, Don't You Cry
  14. My Heart Cries for You
  15. My Baby Don't Dig Me
  16. Something's Wrong
  17. No One to Cry To
  18. A Tear Fell
  19. Smack Dab in the Middle
  20. I Wake Up Cryin'
  21. Makin' Whoopee
  22. Makin' Whoopee

Disc 3

  1. Teardrops from My Eyes
  2. Cry
  3. I've Got a Woman, Pt. 1
  4. I've Got a Woman, Pt. 2
  5. Without a Song, Pt. 1
  6. Without a Song, Pt. 2
  7. I'm a Fool to Care
  8. Love's Gonna Live Here
  9. The Cincinnati Kid
  10. That's All I Am to You
  11. Crying Time
  12. When My Dreamboat Comes Home
  13. Together Again
  14. You're Just About to Lose Your Clown
  15. Let's Go Get Stoned
  16. The Train
  17. I Chose to Sing the Blues
  18. Hopelessly
  19. I Don't Need No Doctor
  20. Please Say You're Fooling
  21. I Want to Talk About You
  22. Something Inside Me

Disc 4

  1. Here We Go Again
  2. Somebody Ought to Write a Book About It
  3. In the Heat of the Night
  4. Something's Got to Change
  5. Yesterday
  6. Never Had Enough of Nothing Yet
  7. That's a Lie
  8. Go on Home
  9. Eleanor Rigby
  10. Understanding
  11. Sweet Young Thing Like You
  12. Listen, They're Playing My Song
  13. If It Wasn't for Bad Luck
  14. When I Stop Dreaming
  15. I'll Be Your Servant
  16. I Didn't Know What Time It Was
  17. Let Me Love You
  18. I'm Satisfied
  19. We Can Make It
  20. I Can't Stop Loving You, Baby
  21. Claudie Mae
  22. Someone to Watch Over Me

Disc 5

  1. Laughin' and Clownin'
  2. That Thing Called Love
  3. Till I Can't Take It Anymore
  4. If You Were Mine
  5. Don't Change on Me
  6. Sweet Memories
  7. Feel So Bad
  8. Your Love Is So Doggone Good
  9. What Am I Living For
  10. Tired of My Tears
  11. Look What They've Done to My Song, Ma
  12. America the Beautiful
  13. Hey Mister
  14. There'll Be No Peace Without All Men as One
  15. Every Saturday Night
  16. Take Me Home, Country Roads
  17. I Can Make It Thru the Days (But Oh Those Lonely Nights)
  18. Ring of Fire

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Ray Charles   Primary Artist,Organ,Piano,Strings,Keyboards,Electric Piano,Vocals
Lalo Schifrin   Conductor
Billy Preston   Organ
Curtis Amy   Tenor Saxophone
Marcus Belgrave   Trumpet
Betty Carter   Vocals
James Clay   Tenor Saxophone
Hank Crawford   Conductor,Alto Saxophone
Jim Hall   Guitar
Plas Johnson   Tenor Saxophone
Quincy Jones   Conductor
Hubert Laws   Reeds
Mel Lewis   Drums
Blue Mitchell   Trumpet
Oliver Nelson   Conductor
Joe Newman   Trumpet
Curtis Peagler   Alto Saxophone
Julian Priester   Trombone
Jerome Richardson   Reeds
Gerald Wilson   Conductor
Lou Blackburn   Trombone
Bobby Bryant   Trumpet
Wallace Davenport   Trumpet
Ray Draper   Tuba
Paul Humphrey   Drums
Calvin Jackson   Conductor
Jimmy Lewis   Conductor,Vocals
Chuck Rainey   Bass
Ernie Royal   Trumpet
Grady Tate   Drums
Ray Crawford   Guitar
Chiz Harris   Drums
Fred Jackson   Alto Saxophone
Onzy Matthews   Conductor
Roger Neumann   Conductor
Clifford Scott   Tenor Saxophone,Soloist
Buddy Terry   Tenor Saxophone
Don Wilkerson   Tenor Saxophone
Roy Gaines   Guitar
Clydie King   Background Vocals
Preston Love   Alto Saxophone
David T. Walker   Guitar
Freddy Robinson   Guitar
Mable John   Background Vocals
Bob Cranshaw   Bass
Porcino   Trumpet
Victor Arno   Violin
Martin Banks   Trumpet
Robert Barene   Violin
Oliver Beener   Trumpet
Arnold Belnick   Violin
Benny Carter   Conductor
Harry Betts   Trombone
Ray Brown   Bass
Alex Brown   Background Vocals
Bruno Carr   Drums
Stella Castellucci   Harp
Henderson Chambers   Trombone
Merry Clayton   Background Vocals
Herman Clebanoff   Violin
Henry Coker   Trombone
Leon Comegys   Trombone
Joe Comfort   Bass
Leroy Cooper   Baritone Saxophone
Alvin Dinkin   Viola
Don Fagerquist   Trumpet
Sid Feller   Conductor,Spoken Word
Sonny Forriest   Guitar
James Gadson   Drums
Eric Gale   Guitar
Burgess Gardner   Trumpet
James Getzoff   Violin
Phil Guilbeau   Trumpet
Philip Guilbeau   Trumpet
Rene Hall   Guitar,Rhythm Guitar
Sharkey Hall   Drums
Freddie Hubbard   Trumpet
Hendrickson   Guitar
Margie Hendrix   Background Vocals
John Hunt   Trumpet
Keg Johnson   Trombone,Bass Trombone
Carol Kaye   Bass,Guitar,Percussion
Joe Maini   Alto Saxophone
Leonard Malarsky   Violin
Marty Paich   Conductor
George Matthews   Trombone
Jay Migliori   Alto Saxophone
Walter Miller   Trumpet
Ollie Mitchell   Trumpet
Melvin Moore   Trumpet
Peter Myers   Trombone
Dick Nash   Trombone
David "Fathead" Newman   Alto Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone,Soloist
Earl Palmer   Drums
Bill Pittman   Guitar
Roy Porter   Drums
Rudy Powell   Alto Saxophone
Don Rader   Trumpet
Raelettes   Background Vocals
Joe Randazzo   Bass Trombone
Barry Rillera   Guitar
Frank Rosolino   Trombone
Vermeytta Royster   Background Vocals
Kenny Shroyer   Trombone
Paul Shure   Violin
Dalton Smith   Trumpet
Clifford Solomon   Tenor Saxophone
Marshall Sosson   Violin
Maurice Spears   Trombone
Toots Thielemans   Guitar
Ray Triscari   Trumpet
Danny Turner   Alto Saxophone
Harold Vick   Tenor Saxophone
Edgar Willis   Bass
Dick Hyde   Trombone
Eleanor Slatkin   Cello
Harold "Geezil" Minerve   Alto Saxophone
Jim Harbert   Trombone
Gerald Barrett   Violin
Irving Carter   Drums
Joe DeFiore   Viola
Allan Haishman   Viola
Louis Kevman   Viola
Joe Stepansky   Violin
Gwen Berry   Background Vocals
Lillie Fort   Background Vocals
Susaye Greene   Background Vocals
Darlene McCrea   Background Vocals
Buddy Pearson   Alto Saxophone
Andrew Ennis   Tenor Saxophone
Bob Senescu   Trumpet
Bill King   Trumpet
Dorothy Berry   Background Vocals
Billy Moore   Drums
Alexander Nelson   Baritone Saxophone
Bob West   Bass
Priscilla "Pat" Moseley Lyles   Background Vocals
Floyd Jones   Trumpet
Armand Kaproff   Cello
Ed Burke   Trombone
Don Peake   Guitar
Frederic Johnson   Trombone
Harold Minerve   Alto Saxophone
Jim Crutcher   Bass
Freddy Hill   Trumpet
Milton Turner   Drums
Roy Burrows   Trumpet
Raelets   Background Vocals
Fred Murrell   Trombone
Dickie Wells   Trombone
Wilbert Hogan   Drums
Irv Cottler   Drums
Louis Blackburn   Trombone
Estella Yarbrough   Background Vocals
Curtis Miller   Trombone
Virginia Majeiwski   Viola
Vernita Moss   Background Vocals
Marion Limonik   Violin
Erno Neufield   Violin
McQueen   Tenor Saxophone
Cecil Figilski   Viola
Arnold Schneider   Cello
Jesse Ehrlick   Cello

Technical Credits

Percy Mayfield   Composer
George Gershwin   Composer
Lalo Schifrin   Arranger,Composer
Eddy Arnold   Composer
Jimmie Davis   Composer
Don Gibson   Composer
Mickey Newbury   Composer
Buck Owens   Composer
Red Steagall   Composer
Percy Faith   Composer
Frankie Laine   Composer
Hoagy Carmichael   Composer
Ray Charles   Arranger,Composer
Sam Cooke   Composer
John Denver   Composer
Jimmy Holiday   Composer
John Lennon   Composer
Paul McCartney   Composer
Billy Preston   Composer
Titus Turner   Composer
Billy Eckstine   Composer
Quincy Jones   Arranger,Composer
Oliver Nelson   Arranger
Gerald Wilson   Arranger
Ralph Burns   Arranger
Calvin Jackson   Arranger
Buddy Johnson   Composer
Jimmy Lewis   Arranger,Composer
Frankie Brown   Composer
Onzy Matthews   Arranger
Roger Neumann   Arranger
Vincent Youmans   Composer
Barry De Vorzon   Composer
Richard Rodgers   Composer
Mort Shuman   Composer
Burt Bacharach   Composer
Dee Ervin   Composer
Silas Hogan   Composer
Cecil Gant   Composer
Cindy Walker   Composer
Foy Willing   Composer
Big Maceo Merriweather   Composer
Otis Blackwell   Composer
Frank Loesser   Composer
Milton Ager   Composer
Greg Allen   Art Direction
Nick Ashford   Composer
Benny Carter   Arranger
Alan Bergman   Composer
Marilyn Bergman   Composer
John Burk   Executive Producer
Dorian Burton   Composer
Bill Danoff   Composer
Hal David   Composer
Walter Donaldson   Composer
Sid Feller   Arranger,Orchestral Arrangements
Cliff Friend   Composer
Ira Gershwin   Composer
Haven Gillespie   Composer
Henry Glover   Composer
Rene Hall   Arranger
Lorenz Hart   Composer
Hy Heath   Composer
Harlan Howard   Composer
Gus Kahn   Composer
James Lewis   Composer
Ira Louvin   Composer
Charlie Louvin   Composer
Rudy Love   Composer
Johnny MacRae   Composer
Marty Paich   Arranger,Orchestral Arrangements
Hugh McCracken   Composer
Charles Mitchell   Composer
Clyde Otis   Composer
Mitchell Parish   Composer
Doc Pomus   Composer
Jack Reynolds   Composer
Fred Rose   Composer
Melanie Safka   Composer
Winfield Scott   Composer
Carl Sigman   Composer
Valerie Simpson   Composer
Danny Small   Composer
Rudy Toombs   Composer
Billy Vera   Liner Notes
Ned Washington   Composer
Hank Williams   Composer
Jack Yellen   Composer
Ted Daffan   Composer
Stuart Gorrell   Composer
Samuel A. Ward   Composer
Teddy Powell   Composer
Carl Fischer   Composer
Glen Garrison   Composer
James Johnson   Composer
Merle Kilgore   Composer
Jimmy Work   Composer
Arthur Harris   Composer
James A. Bland   Composer
Robert Mitchell   Composer
Darrell Edwards   Composer
Eugene Randolph   Composer
Renald Richard   Composer
Ruth Robinson   Composer
Heinz Roemheld   Composer
Bobby Stevenson   Composer
Leslie Temple   Composer
Joseph Armstead   Composer
Charles Bates   Composer
Katherine Lee Bates   Composer
Robert Bigelow   Composer
Cliff Chambers   Composer
Dorcas Cochran   Composer
Difosco Ervin   Composer
David Franklin   Composer
Bob Sherman   Composer
Charlie Williams   Composer
Jimmy Davis   Composer
Harry Glover   Composer
Billy Rose   Composer
Dave Franklin   Composer
Churchill Kohlman   Composer
Robert Sharp   Composer
Bobby Sharp   Composer
Beasley Smith   Composer
Edward Elisen   Composer
Josephine Armstead   Composer
James Holiday   Composer
Darryl Patterson   Composer
Ricci Harper   Composer
Ulysses Burton   Composer
Russell Steagall   Composer
Fred Jacobson   Composer
Edward Reeves   Composer
Clifford Friend   Composer
James Bland   Composer
Charles Calhoun   Composer
June Carter   Composer
Sadye Shepard   Composer
Katherine Bates   Composer
Richard Mattalian   Composer
Raymond Leven   Composer
Hogan West   Composer
Donnie Lenier   Composer
Foy Robin   Composer
Elizabeth Holiday   Composer
Sid Willing   Composer
Robbie Mitchell   Composer

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