Thursday Throwback: Ray Charles – “Hit The Road Jack”


Today, on what would have been his 80th birthday, I find myself smiling to my favourite song by the late, great Mr Ray Charles – “Hit The Road Jack” . Originally released in 1961, I recall my parents putting the vinyl on throughout my toddler years [1985 and beyond] late at night to get me to sleep. I’d shuffle and prance about the room, squealing and singing [still squealing] loudly until I’d danced myself closer towards sleep-mode.

Some music is most beautiful and compelling not just for the way it sounds but the memories it inspires. Ray was still on my mind a couple of decades on when launching SoulCulture – and this song will always be in my ears.

Happy birthday, Mr Ray Charles. (September 23, 1930 – June 10, 2004)

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