What'd I Say
Ray Charles

Hey, mama
Don't you treat me wrong
Come and love your daddy
All night long

Peak Chart Position
  • peaked at No. 6 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in 1959
  • No. 1 on the R&B Singles chart in 1959
  • from the album What'd I Say (1959)
  • the song was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame
  • ranks #10 on Rolling Stone magazine's 2010 list of the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time
  • after it's release in 1959, Ray Charles closed virtually all of his concerts for the rest of his career with "What'd I Say"
  • when the recording of the song ended up over seven and a half minutes long, it was decided to split it into two parts on an Atlantic Records 45rpm single
  • written by Ray Charles
  • recorded February 18, 1959, at Atlantic Records; recording engineer Tom Dowd used an 8-track recorder that Atlantic had just purchased to capture this Ray Charles classic on tape
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