This Grammy Award-winning sing-along hit number one today in 1961… 116



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We can all remember singing this song and some still do even today! This tune was first recorded by Percy Mayfield as an a cappella but only became famous after one of the world’s most famous pianist took over…

This singer-songwriter, best known for his frenetic piano playing style famously made this song a number one hit with a female vocalist.

It became a number one hit instantly and soared to the top of the Billboard Hot 100 in 1961, before winning the artist a Grammy Award for Best Rhythm and Blues Recording.

This catchy tune was the singer’s sixth number one on that chart and ranked #387 on Rolling Stone’s The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time.

Can you guess what this song is?


Listen to ‘Hit the Road Jack’ by Ray Charles below:


What do you remember about this song? Where did you first hear it? Tell us your favourite memories below!

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  1. I was lucky enough to go to see Ray Charles near the end of the sixties, in Brisbane’s Festival hall. He performed this and other great songs and it’s a very cherished memory. His looks improved with age, when you compare this clip with shots from “Blues Brothers”.

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