On February 18, 1959.

What'd I say

On February 18, 1959, Ray Charles recorded the song “What’d I Say”. The recording was made in the late evening improvisation when Charles, his orchestra and backup singers had played their entire set list at a show. “Atlantic” label released the 7” single in July 1959 and it divided the song in two parts (A side and B side) with total length of 6:30 minutes. The song was produced by Jerry Wax. This was Ray Charles first gold record and it is one of the most influential songs in the history of modern music.  In 2002 “What’d I say” was added to the “National Recording Registry” and ranked at number 10 in Rolling Stone ’​s list of “The 500 Greatest Songs of all Time”.

 

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