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The Genius of Ray Charles is a 1959 album by Ray Charles. In 2003, the album was ranked number 263 on ''Rolling Stone'' magazine's list of the 500 greatest albums of all time.

''The Genius of Ray Charles'' announced his breakout from rhythm and blues and onto a broader musical stage. Atlantic Records gave Charles full support in production and arrangements.

As originally presented, the A side of the album featured the Ray Charles band with David "Fathead" Newman supplemented by players from the Count Basie and Duke Ellington bands, and arrangements by Quincy Jones.

The B side of the original album consists of six ballads with arrangements by Ralph Burns and a large string orchestra. Charles's performance of "Come Rain or Come Shine", a song identified with Frank Sinatra, brought public attention to his voice alone without the "distractions" of his soulful piano and his snappy band.

Each side contains a tribute to Louis Jordan with two songs he had hits with "Let the Good Times Roll" and ("Don't Let the Sun Catch You Crying").

The Genius Of Ray Charles
Label: Rhino Atlantic
Release Date: 2013-10-17
Duration: 38:36

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Song Title       Time
1Let The Good Times Roll    02:54
2It Had To Be You    02:44
3Alexander's Ragtime Bands    02:54
4Two Years Of Torture    03:26
5When Your Lover Has Gone    02:52
6Deed I Do    02:28
7Just For A Thrill    03:26
8You Won't Let Me Go    03:22
9Tell Me You'll Wait For Me    03:25
10Don't Let The Sun Catch You Cryin'    03:47
11Am I Blue    03:39
12Come Rain Or Come Shine    03:39