The King of Soul: Classic Hits

The King of Soul: Classic Hits

by Ray CharlesRay Charles




Ray Charles' brilliant blend of gospel, blues, R&B, and jazz made him the first true soul singer in the 1950s, setting the table for deep Southern soul and Motown, and by extension, funk, disco, and so much more, and he should be clearly seen as one of the most important musical figures of the 20th century. All of those styles fall together for Charles in this wonderful set, which collects all of his charting Billboard hits released between 1953 and 1959 -- it's all one, whether Charles is setting off a revolution with the full original five-minute version of "What'd I Say," sounding endlessly soulful on "Drown in My Own Tears," fronting a big band on "Let the Good Times Roll," or backed by a full orchestra on "Don't Let the Sun Catch You Cryin'." It's soul. It's Ray Charles. It's essential.

Product Details

Release Date: 07/13/2010
Label: Ais
UPC: 8436028693931
catalogNumber: 2869393

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Ray Charles   Primary Artist,Piano,Vocals
Marcus Belgrave   Trumpet
Bob Brookmeyer   Valve Trombone
Paul Gonsalves   Tenor Saxophone
Grey   Trombone
Warren Hill   Baritone Saxophone
Melba Liston   Trombone
Joe Newman   Trumpet
Cecil Payne   Baritone Saxophone
Marshall Royal   Alto Saxophone
Wallace Davenport   Trumpet
Oscar Moore   Drums
Ernie Royal   Trumpet
Don Wilkerson   Tenor Saxophone
Mickey Baker   Guitar
Jimmy Bell   Bass
Sam "The Man" Taylor   Tenor Saxophone
Quentin Jackson   Trombone
Connie Kay   Drums
Cookies   Vocals
Joe Bridgewater   Trumpet,Alto Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
Glenn Brooks   Drums
Clark Terry   Trumpet
Bennie Hank Crawford   Alto Saxophone,Baritone Saxophone
Emmett Dennis   Baritone Saxophone
Jesse Drakes   Trumpet
Teagle Fleming   Drums
Charlie Fowlkes   Baritone Saxophone
Panama Francis   Drums
O'Neil Gerald   Alto Saxophone
Ricky Harper   Trumpet
John Hunt   Trumpet,Alto Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
Wesley Jackson   Guitar
Lloyd Lambert   Bass
Wendell Marshall   Bass
Dave McRae   Baritone Saxophone
Frank Mitchell   Trumpet
Thomas Mitchell   Trombone
David "Fathead" Newman   Alto Saxophone,Baritone Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone,Soloist
Richard Payne   Bass
William Peeples   Drums
Charlie Persip   Drums
Raelettes   Vocals
Roosevelt Sheffield   Bass
Zoot Sims   Tenor Saxophone
Joe Tillman   Tenor Saxophone
Lloyd Trotman   Bass
Milt Turner   Drums
Riley Webb   Trumpet
Frank Wess   Alto Saxophone
Charles Whitley   Trumpet
Edgar Willis   Bass
Joshua Willis   Trumpet
Snooky Young   Trumpet
Allen Hanlon   Guitar
Eddie Jones   Bass
Renald Richard   Vocals
Mary Ann Fisher   Vocals
Ted Sommers   Drums
Freddie Greene   Guitar
Paul West   Bass
Marjorie Hendrix   Vocals

Technical Credits

Hank Snow   Composer
Ray Charles   Arranger,Composer
Quincy Jones   Arranger
Napoleon Brown   Composer
Ozzie Cadena   Composer
Henry Glover   Composer
Doc Pomus   Composer
Jesse Stone   Arranger
Lew Herman   Composer
Fleecie Moore   Composer
Renald Richard   Composer
Sam Theard   Composer
Memphis Curtis   Composer
Traditional   Composer
Joe Greene   Composer
Will Brash   Liner Notes

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