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Ray Charles — One Mint Julep
Album: Genius + Soul = Jazz
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Released: 1961
Length: 3:03
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One early morning as I was walking
I met a woman, we started talking
I took her home to get a few nips
But all I had was a mint julep

I don't remember just how I started
I only know that we should have parted
I stole a kiss and then another
I didn't mean to take it further
One mint julep was the cause of it all

The lights were burning low, there in the parlor
When through the kitchen door up popped her father
He said, "I saw you when you kissed my daughter
Better wed her right now, or face a slaughter"
I didn't know just what I was doing, I had to marry or face ruin

A mint julep, a mint julep
A mint julep, a mint julep
One mint julep was the cause of it all

Now, I don't want to bore you with my troubles
But from now on I'll be thinking double
I'm through with flirting and drinking whiskey
I got six extra children from a-getting frisky

A mint julep, a mint julep
A mint julep, a mint julep
One mint julep was the cause of it all
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The man was sheer genius.
Got a real Perez Prado sound going on there.
My dad used to sing this song all the time; One little tulip, was the cause of it all.{#Mrgreen}
 thewiseking wrote:
Always love Ray but this arrangement is awful.

 
I'm mostly the other way around. Ray Charles is mostly Ho-Hum for me, for all that he's a genius and rightly a major star, but I really dig the big band sound of this number, daddy-o. I love the honking saxes and wailing horns. Mind you, I used to play in a big school band in my youth, so I'm a bit biased towards the big band sound. 8 from the nostalgic Nottingham jury.
 rdo wrote:
This was a PSD before I even heard the first note.  I cannot listen to Ray Charles, not even under threat of life or limb.

 

You realize that in today's political climate that can mean only one thing?


OMG I love this! Thanks for playing!
Always love Ray but this arrangement is awful.
its a while since I made a mint julep, must make one (or three) again sometime soon
Swank, baby!
Reminds me of "Mario Paint" —amirite??
where has this gem been all my life?
This was a PSD before I even heard the first note.  I cannot listen to Ray Charles, not even under threat of life or limb.
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Yeah, baby, yeah!

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It's interesting to hear Charles on the B3, on which he is as skilled as the piano. It's not that uncommon to have a keyboardist who's equally facile with both, but I think rare to find someone who's world class on both. Steve Winwood comes to mind; maybe Billy Preston. Others?
Never been played?? Hmmm. Also, it's "One Mint Julep" and it should be credited to its proper original album, Genius + Soul = Jazz.