Ray Charles discography

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Ray Charles discography
Releases
Studio albums 55
Live albums 7
Singles 127

This is a discography of American musician Ray Charles.

Albums[edit]

The Atlantic years[edit]

Year Album US Label
1957 Ray Charles Atlantic
The Great Ray Charles
1958 Yes Indeed!
Soul Brothers (with Milt Jackson)
1959 Ray Charles at Newport
What'd I Say
The Genius of Ray Charles 17
The Original Ray Charles Hollywood
The Fabulous Ray Charles
1960 Ray Charles in Person 13 Atlantic
1961 The Genius Sings the Blues 52
Soul Meeting (with Milt Jackson)
The Genius After Hours 49

The ABC years[edit]

Year Album Peak positions US Label
US UK
1960 The Genius Hits the Road 9 ABC
1961 Dedicated to You 11
Ray Charles and Betty Carter 52
Genius + Soul = Jazz 4
1962 Ray Charles Greatest Hits 5 16
Modern Sounds in Country and Western Music 1 6
Modern Sounds in Country and Western Music Volume Two 2 15
1963 Ingredients in a Recipe for Soul 2
1964 Sweet & Sour Tears 9
Have a Smile with Me 36
1965 Live in Concert 80
Together Again 116
1966 Crying Time 15 ABC / Tangerine[1]
Ray's Moods 52
1967 Invites You to Listen 76
1968 A Portrait of Ray 51
I'm All Yours Baby! 167
1969 Doing His Thing 172
1970 My Kind of Jazz 155 Tangerine[2]
Love Country Style 155 ABC / Tangerine
1971 Volcanic Action of My Soul 52
1972 A Message From the People 52
Through the Eyes of Love 186
Jazz Number II Tangerine

1973–2004[edit]

Year Album Peak chart positions Label
US US Country CAN UK
1974 Come Live With Me 206 Crossover[3]
1975 Renaissance 175
My Kind of Jazz Part 3
Live in Japan
1976 Porgy and Bess (with Cleo Laine) 138 RCA
1977 True to Life 78 Atlantic
1978 Love & Peace
1978 The Tender Side of Ray Charles SMI Courtesy of Crossover[4]
1979 Ain't It So 204 Atlantic
1980 Brother Ray Is At It Again 203
1983 Wish You Were Here Tonight 29 Columbia
1984 Do I Ever Cross Your Mind 55
Friendship 75 1 81
1985 The Spirit of Christmas 42
1986 From the Pages of My Mind 16
1988 Just Between Us
1990 Would You Believe Warner
1993 My World 145
1996 Strong Love Affair
Berlin '62 Pablo
2002 Thanks for Bringing Love Around Again Vanguard
2004 Genius Loves Company 1 1 18 Concord
Ray Charles Celebrates a Gospel Christmas
With the Voices of Jubilation
144 Madacy
Live at the Olympia, 2000 XIII Bis

Posthumous albums[edit]

Year Album Peak chart positions Label
US CAN UK
2005 Genius & Friends 36 72 142 Atlantic
2006 Ray Sings, Basie Swings 23 61 Concord
2010 Rare Genius: The Undiscovered Masters

Compilations[edit]

Hundreds of Ray Charles compilations and "Greatest Hits" albums have been released and continue to be produced and released by various labels around the world. Some of the more notable compilations include:

  • 1958: Ray Charles (Coronet)
  • 1961: Do the Twist! with Ray Charles (Atlantic)
  • 1962: The Ray Charles Story, Volume One (Atlantic)
  • 1962: The Ray Charles Story, Volume Two (Atlantic)
  • 1963: The Ray Charles Story, Volume Three (Atlantic)
  • 1964: The Ray Charles Story, Volume Four (Atlantic)
  • 1967: A Man And His Soul (ABC)
  • 1970: The Best of Ray Charles (Atlantic)
  • 1971: A 25th Anniversary in Show Business Salute to Ray Charles (ABC / Atlantic)
  • 1987: Ray Charles Live (Atlantic)
  • 1987: Ray Charles - His Greatest Hits, Volume 1/Volume 2 (DCC Compact Classics)
  • 1988: Ray Charles Anthology (Rhino (ABC))
  • 1989: Seven Spanish Angels and Other Hits (Columbia)
  • 1991: The Birth of Soul (Atlantic)
  • 1995: Jazz & Blues 3 (Editions Atlas)
  • 1997: Genius and Soul: The 50th Anniversary Collection (Rhino)
  • 1997: The Complete Swing Time & Down Beat Recordings 1948-1959 (Night Train Int'l)
  • 1999: Ultimate Hits Collection (Rhino (WEA))
  • 2000: The Very Best of Ray Charles (Rhino (WEA))
  • 2001: The Definitive Ray Charles (Rhino (WEA))
  • 2003: Ray Charles In Concert (Rhino Handmade)
  • 2005: Pure Genius: The Complete Atlantic Recordings (1952–1959) (Atlantic)
  • 2009: Genius! - The Ultimate Ray Charles Collection (Concord Records)
  • 2011: Singular Genius: The Complete ABC Singles (Concord)
  • 2011: The Complete Early Recordings 1949-1952 (JSP Records)

Singles[edit]

Down Beat, Swing Time releases[edit]

1949: The McSon Trio (aka Maxin Trio, aka Maxim Trio):[5]

"Confession Blues" reached #2 on the US R&B charts.
  • "Blues Before Sunrise" / "How Long Blues"
  • "A Sentimental Blues" / "You'll Never Miss the Water (Until the Well Runs Dry)"
  • "Alone in the City" / "Can Anyone Ask for More?"
  • "Here am I" (aka "Let's Have a Ball") / "Rockin' Chair Blues"
  • "Don't Put All Your Dreams in One basket" / "Ain't That fine"

1949–1953: Ray Charles, The Ray Charles Trio:

  • "Sitting on Top of the World" (Now She's Gone) / "I've Had My Fun (Going Down Slow)" (1949)
  • "Ain't That Fine" / "Don't Put All Your Dreams in One Basket"
  • "See See Rider" / "What Have I Done"
  • "She's on the Ball" / "Honey Honey"
  • "The Ego Song" ("Sweet As Can Be") / "Late in the Evening" (1950)
  • "Someday" (aka "Worried Life Blues" / "Someday Baby") / "I'll Do Anything But Work" (1950)
  • "I Wonder Who's Kissing Her Now" / "All to Myself" (1951)
  • "Lonely Boy" / "Baby Let Me Hold Your Hand" (1951)
"Baby Let Me Hold Your Hand" reached #5 on the US R&B charts.
  • "Kissa Me Baby" / "I'm Glad for Your Sake" (1952)
  • "Baby Won't You Please Come Home" / "Hey Now" (1952)
  • "Baby Let Me Hear You Call My Name" / "Guitar Blues" (by the Rufus Beacham Orchestra?) (1952)
  • "I Can't Do No More" / "Roly Poly" (aka "Back Home" by the Rufus Beacham Orchestra) (1952)
  • "Walkin' and Talkin' (To Myself)" / "I'm Wonderin' and Wonderin'" (1952)
  • "Misery is in My Heart" / "The Snow is Falling (Snowfall)" (1953)

Atlantic releases[edit]

The list of singles below are songs Ray Charles released while on the Atlantic label between 1953 and 1960.

Year Single Chart positions
US US R&B
1953 "Mess Around" 3
1954 "It Should've Been Me" 5
"Don't You Know" 10
1955 "I Got a Woman" 1
"Come Back" 4
"This Little Girl of Mine" 9
"Blackjack" 8
"Greenbacks" 5
"A Fool for You" 1
1956 "Hallelujah I Love Her So" 5
"Mary Ann" 1
"Lonely Avenue" 6
"Drown in My Own Tears" 1
"What Would I Do Without You" 5
1957 "Ain't That Love" 9
"Swanee River Rock" 34 14
1958 "Talkin' 'bout You"
"Rockhouse" 79 14
1959 "Night Time Is the Right Time" 95 5
"That's Enough" 19
"What'd I Say" 6 1
"I'm Movin' On" 40 11
1960 "Come Rain or Come Shine" 83
"Don't Let the Sun Catch You Cryin'" 95 17
"Let the Good Times Roll" 78
"Just for a Thrill" 16
"Hardhearted Hannah" 55
1963 "Feelin' Sad" 113

ABC releases[edit]

This list below is of songs Ray Charles released while on the ABC-Paramount label between 1960 and 1976.

Year Single Chart positions
US US R&B US AC CAN CAN AC UK
1960 "Sticks and Stones" 40 2
"Them That Got" 58 10
"Georgia on My Mind" 1 3 24
"Ruby" 28 10
1961 "Hit the Road Jack" 1 1 - 6
"I'm Gonna Move to the Outskirts of Town" 84 25
"I've Got News For You" 66 8
"One Mint Julep" 8 1
"Tell the Truth" 13
1962 "At The Club" 44 7
"Baby, It's Cold Outside"
(with Betty Carter)
91
"Born to Lose" 41 13
"But On the Other Hand Baby" 72 10
"Careless Love" 60 19
"Unchain My Heart" 9 1
"I Can't Stop Loving You" 1 1 1 1
"You Don't Know Me" 2 5 1 9
"Hide Nor Hair" 20 7
"You Are My Sunshine" 7 1
"Your Cheatin' Heart" 29 23 7 13
1963 "Busted" 4 3 21
"Making Believe" 102 - -
"Take These Chains from My Heart" 8 7 3 5
"No Letter Today" 105 - -
"Don't Set Me Free" 20 9 37
"No One" 21 9 6 35
"Without Love (There Is Nothing)" 29 15
"The Brightest Smile in Town" 92
1964 "That Lucky Old Sun" 20 - 10
"Baby, Don't You Cry" 39 [A] 7
"My Baby Don't Dig Me" 51 [A] 13
"My Heart Cries for You" 38 [A] 9 12
"No One to Cry To" 55 [A] 14 8
"Smack Dab in the Middle" 52 [A] 19 13
"A Tear Fell" 50 [A] 13 6 39
1965 "Cry" 58 11
"Teardrops From My Eyes" 112 - -
"I Got a Woman" (Part One) 79
"Without a Song" 112 - -
"I'm a Fool to Care" 84 22 26
"Makin' Whoopee" 46 [A] 10 11 42
"One More Time" 32
"The Cincinnati Kid" 115 19 -
1966 "Crying Time" 6 5 1 4 38
"I Chose to Sing the Blues" 32 22 44
"Together Again" 19 10 1 17 48
"Let's Go Get Stoned" 31 1 57
"I Don't Need No Doctor" 72 45
"Please Say You're Fooling" 64 30 68
1967 "I Want to Talk About You" 98 - -
"Something Inside Me" 112 - -
"Here We Go Again" 15 5 38
"Somebody Ought to Write a Book About It" 105 - -
"In the Heat of the Night" 33 21
"Yesterday" 25 9 44
1968 "That's a Lie" 64 11
"Come Rain or Come Shine" 98
"Eleanor Rigby" 35 30 33 45 36
"Understanding" 46 13
"Sweet Young Thing Like You" 57
1969 "When I Stop Dreaming" 112 25 -
"If It Wasn't for Bad Luck" 77 21 66
"I Didn't Know What Time It Was" 105 74 18
"Let Me Love You" 94 28 64
"We Can Make It" 101 31 93
1970 "Claudie Mae" 111 - -
"Laughin and Clownin" 98 18
"If You Were Mine" 41 19 26 65
1971 "Don't Change On Me" 36 13 22
"Sweet Memories" 27 5
"Feel So Bad" 68 16
"Booty Butt" 31 13
1972 "Look What They've Done to My Song, Ma" 65 25
"Hey Mister" 115 47 - -
"What Am I Living For" 54 20
1973 "Come Live with Me" 82 30 20 30
"I Can Make It Thru the Days (But Oh Those Lonely Nights)" 81 21
"Louise" - 77
1975 "Living for the City" 91 22
1976 "America the Beautiful" 98
  • A^ Through a period between November 1963 and January 1965, Billboard Magazine did not publish an R&B singles chart. Positions shown are from the Cashbox RnB Charts during this period.

Country releases on Columbia Records[edit]

Listed below are songs Ray Charles released during his Columbia Records tenure which was spent on the country singles chart.

Year Single Chart positions Album
US Country CAN Country
1983 "Born to Love Me" 20 25 Wish You Were Here Tonight
"Ain't Your Memory Got No Pride at All" 82
"3/4 Time" 37
1984 "We Didn't See a Thing"
(with George Jones & Chet Atkins)
6 7 Friendship
"Do I Ever Cross Your Mind" 50 Do I Ever Cross Your Mind
"Rock and Roll Shoes"
(with B.J. Thomas)
14 15 Friendship
1985 "Seven Spanish Angels"
(with Willie Nelson)
1 1
"It Ain't Gonna Worry My Mind"
(with Mickey Gilley)
12 31
"Two Old Cats Like Us"
(with Hank Williams, Jr.)
14 18
1986 "The Pages of My Mind" 34 54 From the Pages of My Mind
"Dixie Moon" 66
1987 "A Little Bit of Heaven" 76

Other releases[edit]

Listed below are songs Ray Charles issued on various labels including Atlantic and Warner Bros. Records where the pop and R&B charts are concerned.

Year Single Chart positions
US US R&B US AC US Dance CAN CAN AC UK Japan
1978 "I Can See Clearly Now" 35
1979 "Just Because" 69
1986 "Baby Grand"
(with Billy Joel)
75 3
1989 "Ellie My Love"
Southern All Stars cover
3
1990 "I'll Be Good to You"
(with Quincy Jones & Chaka Khan)
18 1 30 1 21
1993 "A Song for You" 104 57 9 35 12
2002 "Mother" 72
2005 "You Don't Know Me"
(with Diana Krall)
21
2006 "Walkin' & Talkin'" 6[citation needed]

Video performances[edit]

  • O Genio - Live in Brazil 1963 (Rhino) 1963 São Paulo performance
  • The Dick Cavett Show - Ray Charles Collection (Shout Factory Theatre) 1972 and 1973 TV appearances
  • Soul of the Holy Land (Xenon) 1973 Israel tour
  • Ray Charles Live - In Concert with the Edmonton Symphony (Eagle Rock) 1981 performance
  • Ray Charles - 50 Years in Music (Image Entertainment) 1991 Pasadena, California performance
  • Live at Montreux, 1997 (Eagle Rock Ent., Sunset Home Visual Entertainment)
  • Ray Charles, Live at the Olympia, 2000 (XIII Bis) 2000 Paris performance
  • Ray Charles in Concert (with special guest Diane Schuur) (Image Entertainment) 1999 Miami Lighthouse for the Blind benefit
  • Ray Charles Celebrates a Gospel Christmas w/Voices of Jubilation (Urban Works, Medialink Ent Llc) 2002 Green Bay, WI performance
  • The Legend Lives On (Immortal) video compilation of various performances

References[edit]

  1. ^ Tangerine album discography Accessed 2009 March 3.
  2. ^ [1] Accessed 2012 July 24
  3. ^ history-of-rock.com Accessed 2009 March 1.
  4. ^ [2] Accessed 2014 October 8. In personal possession
  5. ^ Ray Charles, The Way I Feel liner notes (link)

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