Ray Charles: The Genius Sings the Blues

In October 1961, “Atlantic” label released “The Genius Sings the Blues”, the ninth Ray Charles album. It was recorded 1952 – 1960, and was produced by Ahmet Ertegün and Jerry Wexler.


  • Ray Charles – vocals, piano, organ
  • Marcus Belgrave – trumpet
  • Joe Bridgewater – trumpet
  • Riley Webb – trumpet
  • John Hunt – trumpet 
  • David Newman – alto, baritone and tenor saxophone 
  • Bennie Crawford – baritone saxophone
  • Don Wilkerson – tenor saxophone
  • Edgar Willis – bass 
  • Roosevelt Sheffield – bass
  • Teagle Fleming – drums
  • William Peeples – drums

Track listing:

All tracks by Ray Charles, except where noted.

  1. Early in the Mornin’ – Dallas Bartley, Leo Hickman, Louis Jordan
  2. Hard Times (No One Knows Better Than I)
  3. The Midnight Hour – Sam Sweet
  4. (Night Time Is) The Right Time – Napoleon Brown, Ozzie Cadena, Lew Herman
  5. Feelin’ Sad – Guitar Slim
  6. Ray’s Blues
  7. I’m Movin’ On – Hank Snow
  8. I Believe to My Soul
  9. Nobody Cares
  10. Mr. Charles’ Blues
  11. Some Day Baby
  12. I Wonder Who

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