Ray Charles (album)

Released 1957, 1962
Recorded May 17, 1953 – November 27, 1956
Genre R&B
Length 38:55
Label Atlantic 8006
Producer Ahmet Ertegün, Jerry Wexler

Ray Charles is the first release on LP by American pianist, vocalist, and band leader Ray Charles. Originally released in 1957 on Atlantic Records, it was re-released as Hallelujah I Love Her So in 1962. Many of the tracks had been hit singles for Ray Charles in the preceding years, notably “Mess Around” in 1953, “A Fool for You” and “I Got A Woman” in 1955, “Drown In My Own Tears” and “Hallelujah I Love Her So” in 1956.

Track listing

All songs written by Ray Charles except as indicated.

Side One

“Ain’t That Love” – 2:51
“Drown in My Own Tears” (Henry Glover) – 3:21
“Come Back Baby” – 3:06
“Sinner’s Prayer” (Lloyd Glenn, Lowell Fulson) – 3:24
“Funny (But I Still Love You)” – 3:15
“Losing Hand” (Charles E. Calhoun) – 3:14
“A Fool for You” – 3:03

Side Two

“Hallelujah I Love Her So” – 2:35
“Mess Around” (Ahmet Ertegün) – 2:40
“This Little Girl of Mine” – 2:33
“Mary Ann” – 2:48
“Greenbacks” (Renald Richard) – 2:52
“Don’t You Know” – 2:57
“I Got a Woman” (Ray Charles, Renald Richard) – 2:54


Ray Charles – vocals, piano
The Ray Charles Orchestra – instrumentation
Jerry Wexler – producer
Marvin Israel – cover

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