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This soulful album features the legendary Ray Charles with his poignant vocals floating over the talented Count Basie Orchestra. Unforgettable songs on the album include Oh What a Beautiful Morning, Let the Good Times Roll, and Georgia on My Mind.
1. Oh What A Beautiful Morning - (with Ray Charles/Count Basie)
2. Let The Good Times Roll - (with Ray Charles/Count Basie)
3. How Long Has This Been Going On? - (with Ray Charles/Count Basie)
4. Every Saturday Night - (with Ray Charles/Count Basie)
5. I Can't Stop Loving You - (with Ray Charles/Count Basie)
6. Cryin' Time - (with Ray Charles/Count Basie)
7. Busted - (with Ray Charles/Count Basie)
8. Come Live With Me - (with Ray Charles/Count Basie)
9. Feel So Bad - (with Ray Charles/Count Basie)
10. Long And Winding Road, The - (with Ray Charles/Count Basie)
11. Look What They've Done To My Song - (with Ray Charles/Count Basie)
12. Georgia On My Mind - (with Ray Charles/Count Basie)
Ray Charles: Ray Charles (vocals, piano); Will Matthews (guitar); Marshall McDonald (flute, alto saxophone); Scotty Barnhart (trumpet); Clarence Banks (trombone); Tony Suggs (piano); James Leary (bass instrument); Butch Miles (drums); Patti Austin, Valerie Pinkston (background vocals).
Entertainment Weekly (p.81) - "[H]ere's Charles singing classics like 'Busted' and 'I Can't Stop Loving You,' even covering 'The Long and Winding Road,' at his expressive height."
Down Beat (p.88) - 4 stars out of 5 -- "[T]he result comes off as a well done big band set....It's wonderful to have these new versions with the Basie band added for solid support."
Born in extreme poverty in Georgia, Ray Charles Robinson grew up in Greenville, Florida. He was slowly blinded by glaucoma until, by the age of seven, he had lost his sight completely. Earlier, he had been forced to cope with the tragic death of his brother, whom he had seen drown in a water tub. He learned to read and write music in Braille and was proficient on several instruments by the time he left school. His mother Aretha died when Ray was 15, and he continued to have a shared upbringing with Mary Jane (the first wife of his absent father). Dropping his surname in deference to the boxing champion Sugar Ray Robinson, Ray Charles drifted around the Florida circuit, picking up work where he could, before moving across the country to Seattle. Here he continued his itinerant career, playing piano at several nightclubs in a style reminiscent of Nat "King" Cole and a vocal similar to Charles Brown.