Ray Charles was an incredibly brave musician. He worked with a lot of people, and played a lot of songs. Hit The Road Jack shows that bravery. Ray isn’t the lead singer of this song; the lead lady singer is in charge of both the singing and the situation. Ray the singer is having to react and to all but beg. Very few people would let themselves be so personally and professionally vulnerable to pay off the story of a song (anyone imagine Sinatra letting a backup singer say that he was no good?).
It may not be Ray’s most fun song or best song, but it’s a darn good one.
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(I can't find a decent price for a Ray set that I'd recommend right now for CDs.)
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