Ray Charles was such a complete and uncanny talent. There was really nothing he couldn’t sing nor anywhere he couldn’t sing it. Here are a few songs that demonstrate his unparalleled range and adaptability, throughout his magnificent career. I think he encapsulates it best in the interview here:
If you can sing what’s in your heart, and keep time…well, that’s it.
In the Evening
Let the Good Times Roll, Tel Aviv
While I maintain that NOBODY sings Yesterday accept McCartney, I think Ray comes close:
But, perhaps my favorite of Ray’s Beatles’ covers is Let It Be. His tempo changes and little touches create a whole different feel to the wonderful classic, yet still makes it believable.
Let It Be
Ray had a certain af-FECK-shun and ap-PREE-she-ashun for The Beatles. Other wonderful Ray Beatles’ covers:
Long & Winding Road
Never short of genres to invade, Ray conquered them all and all of their artists.
Ring of Fire
Look What They’ve Done to My Song, Ma with Babs
Livin’ for the City, with Stevie Wonder
Oh Happy Day with The Voices of Jubilation
He even conquered the instruments:
On Lead Sax
And I just have to add this one, because it’s one of my all time favorite Ray tunes:
Drown in My Own Tears