Let's Go Get Stoned

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"Let's Go Get Stoned"
Single by Ray Charles
from the album Crying Time
B-side"The Train"
Songwriter(s)Nickolas Ashford, Valerie Simpson, Josephine Armstead
Producer(s)Joe Adams
Ray Charles singles chronology
"Together Again"
"Let's Go Get Stoned"
"I Don't Need No Doctor"

"Let's Go Get Stoned" is a song originally recorded by The Coasters in May 1965 and by Ronnie Milsap in 1965.[1] It was written by Nickolas Ashford, Valerie Simpson, and Josephine Armstead.

It was a 1966 #1 R&B hit for American recording artist Ray Charles.[2] The single was released shortly after Charles was released from rehab after a 16-year heroin addiction. Charles heard a 1965 recording of the song by future country music legend Ronnie Milsap who was an unknown Country artist at the time on Scepter Records. According to Milsap, Charles liked his version of the song so much that he decided to record it himself. It is notable for being one of Ashford & Simpson's first successful compositions together; the duo also penned Charles' "I Don't Need No Doctor".[3] An unusual feature of the recording is that it closes with the sound of the "NBC chimes".

Other notable covers[edit]

Chart positions[edit]

Chart (1966) Peak
U.S. Billboard Hot 100 31
U.S. Billboard Hot R&B Singles 1


  1. ^ "Recording: Let's Go Get Stoned". Second Hand Songs. 18 February 2011. Retrieved 14 June 2011.
  2. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). Top R&B/Hip-Hop Singles: 1942-2004. Record Research. p. 113.
  3. ^ Ray Charles, "I Don't Need No Doctor" Retrieved 12, 2012.
  4. ^ Joe Viglione. "The Amboy Dukes - The Amboy Dukes | Songs, Reviews, Credits". AllMusic. Retrieved 2016-07-26.
  5. ^ James Brown, Fine Old Foxy Self Retrieved February 12, 2012.
  6. ^ Michael Spörke. "Big Mama Thornton: The Life and Music". Mcfarlandbooks.com. Retrieved 2015-10-07.

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