Mary Ann (Ray Charles song)
|Single by Ray Charles|
|Genre||Rhythm & blues, blues|
|Ray Charles singles chronology|
"Mary Ann" is a song written and performed by Ray Charles and released in 1956 as a single on the Atlantic Records label. It was the third Ray Charles song to reach No. 1 on the Billboard Best Selling Rhythm & Blues chart. The song is set to a Latin beat, but switches into a swing rhythm, "an alternation that adds fun for the dancers." It has been described as "a sexy blues," and "a lightly lascivious tune."
The song was written about Mary Ann Fisher, a singer who had recently joined Charles as the fourth member of The Raelettes. Despite Charles' marriage, the two became lovers, and Fisher became a featured singer in Charles' touring shows.
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