A Ray Of Hope Because People Got To Be Free

I don’t think he’s picked out the actual single yet, but Mr. Richard loves The Rascals so he’ll definitely be reviewing at least one of theirs. Be on the look out for it coming up in the next few days!


Side One

A Ray of Hope

Side Two

Any Dance’ll Do


Side One

People Got to Be Free

Side Two

My World

Here We Go Again With Ray Charles

This will be the last of the Ray Charles singles unless I find a random one somewhere (which is possible). I am planning on picking up an LP of his but it may be a while before it shows up on here. I hope you have enjoyed the last week of Ray Charles posts and if you have suggestions on which full album I should look for, leave them in the comments!

“Here We Go Again” is a country music standard written by Don Lanier and Red Steagall that first became notable as a rhythm and blues single by Ray Charles from his 1967 album Ray Charles Invites You to Listen. To date, this version of the song has been the biggest commercial success, spending twelve consecutive weeks on the US Billboard Hot 100 chart, peaking at number 15.

The most notable cover version is a rhythm and blues duet by Charles and Norah Jones, which appeared on the 2004 album Genius Loves Company. This version has been the biggest critical success. When Genius Loves Company was released, “Here We Go Again” earned Grammy Awards for Record of the Year and Best Pop Collaboration at the 47th Grammy Awards posthumously for Charles who died in 2004. Another notable version by Nancy Sinatra charted for five weeks in 1969.


Side One

Here We Go Again

Side Two

Somebody Ought to Write a Book About It

A Beautiful Morning With The Rascals

You may recognize the Rascals from my recent post about the Platoon soundtrack and I do have an LP that was posted long ago, but now I have some singles to feature too.

The Rascals were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame on May 6, 1997. For the first time in years, all four original members appeared together. For their jam session (including David Brigati), they performed “Good Lovin'”, “Groovin'”, “How Can I Be Sure?”, and “People Got To Be Free”. In 2005 The Rascals were inducted into the Vocal Group Hall of Fame.


Side One

A Beautiful Morning

Side Two

Rainy Morning

I Can’t Stop Loving Ray Charles

I’ve made up my mind
To live in memory of the lonesome times
(I can’t stop wanting you)
It’s useless to say
So I’ll just live my life in dreams of yesterday
(Dreams of yesterday)
Those happy hours that we once knew
Tho’ long ago, they still make me blue
They say that time heals a broken heart
But time has stood still since we’ve been apart


Side One

I Can’t Stop Loving You
Born to Lose

Side Two

You Don’t Know Me
Careless Love

Throwin’ Down With Rick James

Told y’all I’d get a Rick James LP! I’ve had my eyes on this one for a while and finally committed to purchasing it. It definitely covers a variety of Rick’s sound, from his classic Motown sound to his funkier sound. Well worth the buy!


Throwin’ Down

Rick James

Side One

Dance wit Me
Money Talks

Side Two

Standing On the Top
Hard to Get
69 Times
My Love

I Want To Know If Ray Charles Has One Mint Julep

I’ve talked about Ray Charles’s influence previously but lets take a few minutes to discuss his awards.

In 1979, Charles was one of the first of the Georgia State Music Hall of Fame to be recognized as a musician born in the state. Ray’s version of “Georgia On My Mind” was made the official state song for Georgia. In 1981, he was given a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame and was one of the first inductees to the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame at its inaugural ceremony in 1986. He received the Kennedy Center Honors in 1986.

In 1987, he was awarded the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award. In 1991, he was inducted to the Rhythm & Blues Foundation. He was presented with the George and Ira Gershwin Award for Lifetime Musical Achievement, during the 1991 UCLA Spring Sing as well. In 1993, he was awarded the National Medal of Arts. In 1998 he was awarded the Polar Music Prize together with Ravi Shankar in Stockholm, Sweden. In 2004 he was inducted to the National Black Sports & Entertainment Hall of Fame. The year after he passed, The Grammy Awards of 2005 were dedicated to Charles.

In 2003, Charles was awarded an honorary degree by Dillard University. Upon his death, he endowed a professorship of African-American culinary history at the school, which is the first such chair in the nation. A $20 million performing arts center at Morehouse College was named after Charles and was dedicated in September 2010.

The U.S. Postal Service issued a forever stamp honoring Ray Charles as part of it Musical Icons series on September 23, 2013.


Side One

Ain’t That Love

Side Two

I Want to Know


Side One

Let’s Go

Side Two

One Mint Julep

Mr. Richard’s Reviews: Ray, Goodman & Brown – Special Lady

Ray, Goodman & Brown – Special Lady (written by H. Ray, A. Goodman, and L. Walter and produced by Vincent Castellano)

I’m going to start calling incredible singles that I discover for the first time “finger finds”, so don’t be weirded out if you see it in future reviews. This group is my new favorite find of late. I love soul music that makes me groove, even in my seat, and Ray, Goodman & Brown is so good that you have to give them a try. I had never heard of them, but now I won’t forget this group or this particular song.

It immediately made me think of Frank’s daughter and my soul-mate with its chorus arrangement, lyrics, and musicality. I always tell her that “My Girl” is my song for her, but this one may follow slightly behind in my list of tunes that remind me of her. For example, with Erica-

Somehow I knew it would be you

To change my gray skies to blue

And it was strange when you called my name

Ever since that day I haven’t been the same, ooh

Before I met you, my sun didn’t want to shine

Then all of a suddenly you slipped up from behind

Pop (Pop) went the reason in my mind

A sweet special lady

And a very exciting girl (ooh, so exciting)

You gotta be a special lady (what a lady)

‘Cause you got me sittin’ on top of the world

Sittin’ on top of the world

I was like a song so out of key

Then you came and gave my soul a melody

Thanks to you, for pullin’ me through

I’ve always lost but now I win with you

I mean how beautifully is that written? I think limitlessly lovely. It’s poetically inspiring as is Erica. Without her, I wouldn’t be the person that I am today, partially due to exposure, and I will always love her. Plus, I “inherited” this sweet record collection.

- Mr. Richard

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Milira Jones (born September 27, 1969) better known as Milira, is an American R&B/soul singer born in New York. She released two albums in the 1990s and scored four charting singles on Billboard’s R&B singles chart.


Self Titled


Side One

Mercy Mercy Me (The Ecology)
Go Outside in the Rain
Waiting Here for You
That Man in My Life
Good Times Are Back Again

Side Two

I Want to Be to You (What You Are to Me)
Until You Come Back to Me (That’s What I’m Gonna Do)
Let Me Have a Chance
Treat Me Right

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Lets Go Get Stoned With Ray Charles

Ray Charles was eager to try drugs since he thought it helped musicians create music and tap into their creativity. He first experimented with marijuana and later became addicted to heroin, which he struggled with for sixteen years. He faced arrest in the 1950s when he and his bandmates were caught backstage with loose marijuana and drug paraphernalia, including a burnt spoon, syringe and needle. The arrest did not deter Charles’ drug use, which only escalated as he became more successful and made more money.

On November 14, 1961, Charles was arrested again on a narcotics charge in an Indiana hotel room, where he waited to perform. The detectives seized heroin, marijuana and other items. Charles, then 31, stated that he had been a drug addict since the age of 16. While the case was dismissed because of the manner in which the evidence was obtained, Charles’s situation did not improve until a few years later. Individuals such as Quincy Jones and Reverend Henry Griffin felt that those around Charles were responsible for his drug use.

In 1964, Charles was arrested for possession of marijuana and heroin. Following a self-imposed stay at St. Francis Hospital in Lynwood, California, Charles received five years’ probation. Charles responded to the saga of his drug use and reform with the songs “I Don’t Need No Doctor”, “Let’s Go Get Stoned”, and the release of his first album since having kicked his heroin addiction in 1966, Crying Time.


Side One

Lets Go Get Stoned

Side Two

The Train

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