In 1979, I was working with songwriter Jimmy Van Heusen on a TV special with Frank Sinatra and Bob Hope that was never produced. Jimmy told me that one day (circa 1942) he and his lyricist Johnny Burke were working at 20th Century-Fox composing for a film. While Burke was out of their writer's bungalow, Phil Silvers, the comedian, a friend to both, entered and suggested to Jimmy that they write a song for Johnny's wife, Bessie, who was soon to celebrate a birthday. Silvers provided the lyrics, later revised by Van Heusen and Burke. At the party they sang "Bessie... with the laughing face." It was such a hit that they used it at other female birthday events. When they sang it as "Nancy... with the laughing face" at little Nancy Sinatra's birthday party, Frank broke down and cried, thinking it had been written especially for his daughter; the trio wisely didn't correct him. Jimmy assigned his royalties to Nancy after Frank recorded it for Columbia in 1944.
If I don't see her each day, I miss her Gee what a thrill, each time I kiss her Believe me, I've got a case On nancy, with the laughing face
She takes the winter and makes it summer And summer could take some lessons from her Picture a tomboy in lace That's nancy with the laughing face
Have you ever heard mission bells ringing Well she'll give you the very same glow When she speaks you would think it was singing Just hear her say hello
I swear to goodness, you can't resist her Sorry for you, she has no sister No angel could replace Nancy, with the laughing face
Ray Charles / Modern Sounds In Country And Western Music Volume Two (US, ABC-Paramount, ABC 435) <October 1962> (Side 1) ABC435-A 2 R BellSound SF (SIde 2) ABC435-B 2 BellSound SF
"Modern Sounds in Country and Western Music Volume Two" is a 1962 album by Ray Charles. It is the second volume of country and western recordings by Charles following his landmark debut on ABC Records. Following the surprising success of Modern Sounds in Country and Western Music, an album of country music covers, which sold over a million copies, Charles and producer Sid Feller decided to do a follow-up. Unlike the previous album, where slow and fast tracks more or less alternated, this one features one side performed by the Ray Charles Big Band with the Raelettes, while the other side features a string section and the Jack Halloran Singers.
The album has been reissued on CD, coupled with Volume 1, and is also featured on The Complete Country & Western Recordings: 1959-1986 Box Set which also features the first C & W volume and many of Charles' later country recordings.
Ray Charles / Ingredients In A Recipe For Soul (US, mono, ABC-Paramount, ABC-465) <July 1, 1963> (Side 1) ABC465A1 (Side 2) ABC-465B3
"Ingredients in a Recipe for Soul" is a 1963 album by Ray Charles. It was arranged by Benny Carter, Sid Feller, Marty Paich, and Johnny Parker, with the Paich tracks also featuring accompaniment by the Jack Halloran Singers.
せいぜい20枚ほどしか持っていませんが、これまでレイ・チャールズの作品を買って一度も後悔をしたことないです。この作品も本当に素晴らしいです。30年前に買ったベスト盤CDで知って大好きだった"Busted"や"Lucky Old Sun"などをようやくオリジナル盤で聴けました。大満足の1枚でした。
My bills are all due and the baby needs shoes and I'm busted Cotton is down to a quarter a pound, but I'm busted I got a cow that went dry and a hen that won't lay A big stack of bills that gets bigger each day The county's gonna haul my belongings away cause I'm busted.
I went to my brother to ask for a loan cause I was busted I hate to beg like a dog without his bone, but I'm busted My brother said there ain't a thing I can do, My wife and my kids are all down with the flu, And I was just thinking about calling on you 'cause I'm busted.
Well, I am no thief, but a man can go wrong when he's busted The food that we canned last summer is gone and I'm busted The fields are all bare and the cotton won't grow, Me and my family got to pack up and go, But I'll make a living, just where I don't know cause I'm busted.
I'm broke, no bread, I mean like nothing, It's over
Ray Charles / Ingredients In A Recipe For Soul (US, mono, ABC-Paramount, ABC-465) <July 1, 1963> (Side 1) ABC465A1 (Side 2) ABC-465B1
Although it was a big commercial success, reaching number two on the LP charts, this record would typify the erratic nature of much of Charles' '60s output. It's too eclectic for its own good, really, encompassing pop standards, lowdown blues, Mel Tormé songs, and after-hours ballads. The high points are very high -- "Busted," his hit reworking of a composition by country songwriter Harlan Howard, is jazzy and tough, and one of his best early-'60s singles, and the low points are pretty low, especially when he adds the backup vocals of the Jack Halloran Singers to "Over the Rainbow" and "Ol' Man River." A number of the remaining cuts are pretty respectable, like the tight big band arrangement of "Ol' Man Time" and the ominously urbane "Where Can I Go?"
Ray Charles / Have A Smile With Me (US, mono, ABC-Paramount, ABC-495) <June 1964> (Side 1) ABC-495-A ² LW BellSound (Side 2) ABC-495-B ² LW BellSound
The idea behind this LP was to offer a lighthearted sequel to its quasi-concept predecessor, Sweet & Sour Tears. There's nothing wrong with the idea of letting Charles just kick back and have fun, but "The Thing" and "The Man with the Weird Beard" transcend the boundaries of humor into silliness and, worse, stupidity. On the other hand, he also turns out a good jazzy version of Hank Williams' "Move It on Over" (the record's highlight), and manages to swing through fairly superficial fare like "Ma (She's Making Eyes at Me)" and "Two Ton Tessie" with solid flair. It was another inconsistent '60s set, the shortage of top-notch tunes disguised by a flimsy concept, though he elevates the material with soulful vocals and good arrangements, particularly when the Raeletts back him up (as they do on half the tracks).
Ma, she's making eyes at me Ma, she looks so good to me Ma, she's almost breaking my heart I'm beside her, please let her conscience guide her Ma, she wants to marry me Be my honey bee Every minute she gets bolder Now she's leaning on my shoulder Ma, the girl's kissing me Ma, she don't look good to me Ma, her waist is 53 Ma, she's almost ruined my car When we go out the tires all begin to blow out Ma, she wants to marry me You know that could never be Suppose a baby should come later It's got to look like an alligator Ma, won't don't you rescue me, hey Ma, I found out she's got dough Ma, the girl owns the B&O She just bought eight city blocks In New York City You know, all at once the girl looks pretty Ma, if I would say "I do" She would promise to Make my future very pleasant Fort Knox would be my wedding present Ma, she looks good to me Buy me the seven seas to swim in Replace the fish with gorgeous women Ma, she looks good to me[x2]
While I was walking down the beach one bright and sunny day I saw a great big wooden box a-floating in the bay I pulled it in and opened it up and much to my surprise I discovered a * * * right before my eyes I tell y'all, I discovered a * * * right before my eyes
I picked it up and ran to town as happy as a king I took it to a guy I knew who'd buy most anything But this is what he hollered at me as I walked in his shop "Ooh, get out of here with that * * * before I call a cop! Son, get out of here with that * * * before I call a cop!"
I turned around and got right out, a-running for my life And then I took it home with me to give it to my wife And this is what she said at me as I walked in the door: "Ooh, get out of here with that * * * and don't come back no more! Please, get out of here with that * * * and don't come back no more!"
I wandered all around the town until I chanced to meet A hobo who was looking for a handout on the street He said he'd take most any old thing. He was a desperate man But when I showed him the * * *, he turned around and ran You know, when I showed him the * * *, he turned around and ran
I wandered on for many year, a victim of my fate Until one day I came upon Saint Peter at the Gate And when I tried to take it inside, he told me where to go: "Get out of here with that * * *, and take it down below! Ray, get out of here with that * * *, and take it down below!"
The moral of this story is if you're out on the beach And you should see a great big box and it's within your reach Don't ever stop and open it up. That's my advice to you 'Cause you'll never get rid of the * * *, no matter what you do I tell you, you'll never get rid of the * * *, no matter what you do
Ray Charles / Invites You To Listen (US, ABC Records, ABC 595) <June 1967> (Side 1) ABC-595-A (SIde 2) ABC-595-B
"Ray Charles Invites You to Listen" (sometimes referred to as "Invites You to Listen" or "Listen") is a studio album by American recording artist Ray Charles, released in June 1967. Made up of several standards, the album had Charles experiment with falsetto. The album received mixed response from music critics, some noting that the style of music was "old fashioned".
Ray Charles / A Portrait Of Ray (US, ABC Records, ABCS-625) <March 1968> (Side 1) ABC-M-625-A (Side 2) ABC-M-625-B
Ray Charlesのスタジオ・アルバム。 「Eleanor Rigby」「Understanding」「Sweet Young Thing Like You」「When I Stop Dreaming」など多くのシングルを収録。ビルボードアルバムチャートでは最高51位を記録し、R&Bチャートでは5位、ジャズチャートでは4位を記録。レイ・チャールズは名盤だらけですが、名曲を集めたこれは特に聴きやすい一枚です。