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Ray Charles — Hit The Road Jack
Album: Genius + Soul = Jazz
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Released: 1961
Length: 1:52
Plays (last 30 days): 1
''Hit the road Jack
And don't you come back no more, no more, no more, no more.
Hit the road Jack
And don't you come back no more.''

What you say?
''Hit the road Jack
And don't you come back no more, no more, no more, no more.
Hit the road Jack
And don't you come back no more.''

Woah Woman, oh woman, don't treat me so mean
You're the meanest old woman that I've ever seen
I guess if you said so
I'd have to pack my things and go
''That's right!''

''Hit the road Jack
And don't you come back no more, no more, no more, no more.
Hit the road Jack
And don't you come back no more.''

What you say?
''Hit the road Jack
And don't you come back no more, no more, no more, no more.
Hit the road Jack
And don't you come back no more.''

Now baby, listen baby, don't ya treat me this-a way
'Cause I'll be back on my feet some day
''Don't care if you do 'cause it's understood
You ain't got no money, you just ain't no good''
Well, I guess if you say so
I'd have to pack my things and go
''That's right!''

''Hit the road Jack
And don't you come back no more, no more, no more, no more.
Hit the road Jack
And don't you come back no more.''

What you say?
''Hit the road Jack
And don't you come back no more, no more, no more, no more.
Hit the road Jack
And don't you come back no more.''

Well
''don't you come back no more.''
Uh, what you say?
''don't you come back no more.''
I didn't understand you
''don't you come back no more.''
You can't mean that
''And don't you come back no more.''
Oh, now baby, please
''don't you come back no more.''
What you tryin' to do to me?
''don't you come back no more.''
Oh, don't treat me like that
''don't you come back no more.''
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It's the great Margie Hendrix who "don't care if he do."
 smackiepipe wrote:
Too short! Couldn't get in to comment before it was over. Great Tune!

 
In 1961, music was still on short play 45s.
{#Dancingbanana_2}{#Bananapiano}{#Bananajam}
{#Bananapiano}
Too short! Couldn't get in to comment before it was over. Great Tune!

Wow, great setlist going right now!
 Biscobret wrote:
Makes me want to drop everything & watch 'The Fisher King' !!!

 
Exactly!
The_Walrus wrote:
IMHO one of the coolest records ever made
  
maruschka wrote:
Yes!
 
And 1961 too. Genius.
 Antigone wrote:

Wow. Small world. The Grill has the best breakfast anywhere. And it's in my home town!

Back to Ray ... having seen 20 Feet From Stardom recently, I wonder who's singing backup ...

 
Seek and ye shall find.

"Hit the Road Jack" is a song written by rhythm and bluesman Percy Mayfield and first recorded in 1960 as an a cappella demo sent to Art Rupe. It became famous after it was recorded by singer-songwriter-pianist Ray Charles with The Raelettes vocalist Margie Hendricks.

 The_Walrus wrote:
IMHO one of the coolest records ever made

 
Yes!
 WonderLizard wrote:
Walked into The Little Grill in Harrisonburg VA for breakfast on Sunday, and this was blasting away on the house system. If you have a chance  to visit Harrisonburg, seek out The Little Grill. Tiny, funky, and the best restaurant breakfast I've had since Mama's Royal Cafe in Oakland many years ago.

 
Wow. Small world. The Grill has the best breakfast anywhere. And it's in my home town!

Back to Ray ... having seen 20 Feet From Stardom recently, I wonder who's singing backup ...
IMHO one of the coolest records ever made
I never realized the true genius of Ray Charles until I saw the film "RAY". Jamie Foxx nailed it. I now see RC as one the greatest artists ever, especially considering the time period and personal challenges he had. Just saying....
{#Cheers}  As good as it gets - a B I G  fat 10
Makes me want to drop everything & watch 'The Fisher King' !!!
10 all the way. When my dad listened to Ray Charles I didn't realize how cool either one of them were.
 peter_james_bond wrote:

This is a classic song. You join 4 others out of 823 who've rated this song "1".....think about that. That's a minority of  0.0061%, one of the smallest minorities I've ever seen.


 
Clearly, you have never been to the Conference for Little People in Las Vegas.
 Byronape wrote:

Wow...  way to inject politics into something that is completely without a political message.  Typical.


 
Wow...  looks like you inject politics into everything.  You're Ideology is clear 'byronAPE' living in 'post-capitalist wreckage'.   You're a jerk! LOL 
 Byronape wrote:

Wow...  way to inject politics into something that is completely without a political message.  Typical.


 

Mea culpa.  I suppose I can expect the IRS to come knocking on my door in the dead of night for that little transgression.


 joelbb wrote:

Wonderlizard, you actually had breakfast at MRC?  The BEST omelets in the world.  OMG, I didn't know there was anyone else out there old enough to know of the place.  Also a Godlike 10.

 
I went to college in H-burg back in the late 80s - early 90s when the Little Grill got its start.  Always make sure to fit in a visit when I am back home.  Your comment just made me very nostalgic...
Listening to RP during a four hour train ride (another advantage of rail!), and although there has been lots of great music, this is the first one that has me bopping in my seat in public. Just can't stop...

If this isn't godlike, no music is...
 WonderLizard wrote:
Walked into The Little Grill in Harrisonburg VA for breakfast on Sunday, and this was blasting away on the house system. If you have a chance  to visit Harrisonburg, seek out The Little Grill. Tiny, funky, and the best restaurant breakfast I've had since Mama's Royal Cafe in Oakland many years ago.
 
Wonderlizard, you actually had breakfast at MRC?  The BEST omelets in the world.  OMG, I didn't know there was anyone else out there old enough to know of the place.  Also a Godlike 10.
Godlike.  Just no question.
Walked into The Little Grill in Harrisonburg VA for breakfast on Sunday, and this was blasting away on the house system. If you have a chance  to visit Harrisonburg, seek out The Little Grill. Tiny, funky, and the best restaurant breakfast I've had since Mama's Royal Cafe in Oakland many years ago.
Play it as often as you want, Bill.  It's one of THE all-time great soul-rock cuts.  Utterly nonpareil.
I always think of the movie The Fisher King when I hear this song.
This is the first time I hear the same song on RP in a two hour span. It was played for the first time at 10:42 am and for the second time at 11:24 am. Strange. 
Please! We heard this about 10 minutes ago!
A song about Dr. Kervorkian!
Bill is on a ROAD TRIP !!!!!
 Hannio wrote:
 
Oh, damn, how i do love a joy ride!

Lighten up, people! 
 Hannio wrote:

 
Wow...  way to inject politics into something that is completely without a political message.  Typical.

Every time I hear this great tune I see little Shane Heal wiping away a tear as he fouls out of the NBL semi finals at an ecstatic Croc-pit and it makes me smile. 

I Like!

Awwwwwwright!

Love you Luke. Remember - you do the girl part, I'll do the boy. Well...............
Perfect for working in the garage on a project.
Another great one from Ray.
From what I remember this was in a shampoo commercial.
From what I remember, this tune won a Grammy.  Bill plays only the classiest music!

My 5 year old son and I do a great version of this.


This is part of what the US has legated to the world in terms of musical excellence! Here is to the great Mr. Ray Charles! forever alive through his ageless music! {#Cheers}
yeah girls make em cry, poor old ray!  Love these girls! Yeah, what you say! Sweet tunes!
What you SAY??!!!!


 calypsus_1 wrote:

Ray Charles by ~photoart1
William Harris   ©2005-2010 ~photoart1

Ray Charles in concert at a California Central Valley County Fair


 
Now there was a man who could rock a bowtie.

 peter_james_bond wrote:

This is a classic song. You join 4 others out of 823 who've rated this song "1".....think about that. That's a minority of  0.0061%, one of the smallest minorities I've ever seen.

 

Your math may be off, but your point is right on.
Great

Ray Charles by ~photoart1
William Harris   ©2005-2010 ~photoart1

Ray Charles in concert at a California Central Valley County Fair





Just had Bob Brozman, Down the Road.
Now Ray Charles, Hit the Road.

If you play Beatles Abby Road next, Bill, you have to forfeit at least three of your (admittedly large number) of accumulated coolness points. Too straightforward. {#Mrgreen}
_________________

Update: Pixes: Here Comes Your Man. Bill's all-time coolness point high score holds. {#Wink}
There is a 70's Cambodian; Laotian; Vietnamese style cover of this that is just outstanding; good song.{#Clap}Great song to sing with your kids too.{#Bananapiano}
enough of this clown... dated, tired, just plain O L D !  I'm hep and groovy not slick and oiley. Tell old sightless to hit the road and please don't come back...ever!!!
Don' t care if you do cause it's understood, you ain't got no money and you just ain't no good . . . 
 nagsheadlocal wrote:
What you say!
 
that's right!

 stevematic wrote:
{#Bananapiano}
 

Yeah - I'd like to do this right now
What you say!
{#Bananapiano}
 rdo wrote:
Trust me 007, it is a silent minority.  No puns intended.
 
My comment had an unfortunate accusatory tone, but, in truth, I was really just amazed by the numbers. There is, normally, nothing wrong with being in a minority, unless it's some violent extremist group. I love that Sci-Fi classic movie "Minority Report", it's an action movie for adults. The central idea of the movie, a 'Pre-Crime' squad - stopping crime before it happens, certainly resonates with the today's (much debated) notion of the preemptive strike to prevent terrorist attacks.

Netto wrote:

OST of The Fisher King by Terry Gilliam, who is remember..

 



I is remember


OST of The Fisher King by Terry Gilliam, who is remember..

 



 peter_james_bond wrote:

This is a classic song. You join 4 others out of 823 who've rated this song "1".....think about that. That's a minority of  0.0061%(rounded), one of the smallest minorities I've ever seen.
 

Trust me 007, it is a silent minority.  No puns intended.
 rdo wrote:
Hate it.  Yes.  That's right.  I hate it.  Sue me.  I give it a 1.  I would give it a lower rating if I could.
 
This is a classic song. You join 4 others out of 823 who've rated this song "1".....think about that. That's a minority of  0.0061%, one of the smallest minorities I've ever seen.

 romeotuma wrote:


Love it...
 

Hate it.  Yes.  That's right.  I hate it.  Sue me.  I give it a 1.  I would give it a lower rating if I could.
Very nice !
 jonahboo wrote:


NOT A WOODY - BUT HERE IS OUR CRUIZER

  Outstanding! That is a gorgeous car. I have two 90's wagons, a '91 Olds and a '94 Caprice, I hope to turn them into one showstopper like yours. Wow.




NOT A WOODY - BUT HERE IS OUR CRUIZER

 Stefen wrote:
Fouled out!
 
Damn straight!  I will never forget seeing Shane Heal cry as he fouled out of the NBL finals up in Townsville and like the kind fans we were we danced on our seats to this one and did a lot of pointing and laughing.
Reminds me of riding in the back seat of our woodie station wagon with the rusted out floorboard going to the beach singing along like crazy to Ray coming at us from the AM radio. The radio was a miracle of technology. It had a knob type tuner but you could actually push a little lever and it would find a channel. Holy cow. This was in 1961, mind you, when the song came out. (So car must have been about a 1956 or so to have had time to have the floorboard rust out—even an old Ford occasionally driven along the ocean's edge would have taken a while to achieve that trick.)
Fouled out!
This song is so good.


This song is soooo good for the ears...


None Better, end of story
It just doesn't get much better than this. Mr. Charles is a genius.

my first 45, I think it was 1963,  the very beginning of my music collection, stands the test of time, still sounds great!!!
I want to hit the road now. Can hardly wait 'til five...{#Motor}


Love it...


Ray Charles gonna ring my chimes, classic one of the songs ya think of when ya think about Ray, a man of many 10's, saw Ray and the Raylettes in a very small joint when he wasn't a big draw, in his inbetween years and one of the best preformances I have seen
Just say the word baby {#Dancingbanana_2}
{#Dancingbanana_2}{#Dancingbanana}{#Bananapiano}{#Bananasplit}
 TanteJensen wrote:
Geeez, not one single complaining comment! Watchu thinkin? Okay, so let's get it over with:

"The guy can't keep a note, hate it hate it hate, was better when he didn't have a major company contract, overplayed, ain't the real stuff, repeating lyrics."

That should cover it. Oh, wait: "Texas sucks!"

No, just kidding. Instant 10.
 
You forgot "meh" and "dated". Ten here too.
What he said.    {#Arrowd}
A freakin' CLASSIC, if ever there was one!
 RadioDoc wrote:
Compact, crisp, clear and not a note wasted.  Perfect.
 
The precision of the back beat is astounding. Indeed, a perfect example of songwriting and performing.

Compact, crisp, clear and not a note wasted.  Perfect.
{#Bananapiano}

breakin out the banana piano!
Geeez, not one single complaining comment! Watchu thinkin? Okay, so let's get it over with:

"The guy can't keep a note, hate it hate it hate, was better when he didn't have a major company contract, overplayed, ain't the real stuff, repeating lyrics."

That should cover it. Oh, wait: "Texas sucks!"

No, just kidding. Instant 10.
Wonderful!  Does anyone know who the woman singing is?  As good as Ray was, she makes this song.  And I must commend Musikala for the dancing picture perfectly in sync!!{#Dance}

Haven't heard this in years -  Still puts a smile on my face and makes me want to dance around like a kid!! THANKS!{#Sunny}

Godlike; like you would not believe.
it's been a while sice i rated anything, but this clearly deserves a 10!! :dance:
Damn! I missed it! :frustrated:
:bananasplit: :bananasplit: :bananasplit: :bananasplit:
Of course, Godlike!
:lol: :mrgreen: :bounce:
My name is Jack, and I specifically remember crying when I first heard this song (I was about 5); it was in the kitchen of that old house we lived in on Mt. Pleasant. I remember my mom laughing and then comforting me.
one of my favorite childhood memories...playing this on a reel-to-reel tape on my mom's "hi-fi" stereo and dancing around the living room.
keller1 wrote:
I can't hear this without thinking of Peter Boyle in The Dream Team. Classic.
I always think of the opening sequence of The Fisher King. "Jack Lucas, the face behind the voice."
ThePoose wrote:
What's a ''Road Jack''? Maybe he meant Hit the Road, Jack.
My kids used to think the song was about a cat. . . hit the road cat. . .
Oh HELL YES! Ray mid afternoon is awesome. Thanks Bill. Next: Jumpin' Jack Flash?
:music:
What's a Road Jack and why would anyone want to hit it? Methinks he meant Hit the Road, Jack.

Commas are essential, everyone.
I can't hear this without thinking of Peter Boyle in The Dream Team. Classic.
Just Kick Ass! :bananasplit:
One of the best songs ever written/recorded.
DrLex wrote:
Nevertheless, I hope Bill implements a little histogram some day, which shows how the distribution of the votes is.
Just hover your mouse over each point rating in the song score, aka "Rating Dist". It'll show how many votes were cast at that point rating
:bounce:
Brother Ray! Still sounds fresh after all these decades.
doesn't get better than this ...
Road trip!!! :motor:
:naughty: :naughty: :naughty: :naughty: :cheesygrin:
jmwspg wrote:
I love the sound quality of the production. Tubular!
It's definitely not groady!
More than easy big 9! Oscar
Old school is the best school.
I love the sound quality of the production. Tubular!
DrLex wrote:
Well, considering the fact that most songs here always have a minimum of 1 and a maximum of 10, it's impressive that this song, after 272 total ratings, still has a minumum of 2. Nevertheless, I hope Bill implements a little histogram some day, which shows how the distribution of the votes is. That's way more useful than the min/max indicator :smile:
:roflol: My geek-heart is happy... SPSS, anyone?
:bananapiano: He was a true genious.
Wish this list was played in about 3 hours when I am about to head home from work! Ray Charles - Hit The Road Jack Bob Brozman - Down The Road Stephen Stills - Down the Road