Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Ray Charles, The Beatles, John Mayer I Got a Woman

"I Got a Woman" (originally titled "I've Got a Woman") is a song co-written and recorded by American R&B/soul musician Ray Charles and released as a single in December 1954 on the Atlantic label as Atlantic 45-1050 b/w "Come Back Baby." Both sides later appeared on his 1957 album Ray Charles (subsequently reissued as Hallelujah I Love Her So). Other versions that have made the pop or R&B charts in the US are those by Jimmy McGriff (#20 pop, #5 R&B, 1962), Freddie Scott (#48 pop, 1963), and Ricky Nelson (#49 pop, 1963).The song was recorded late 1954 in the Atlanta studios of Georgia Tech radio station WGST. It was a hit—Charles' first—climbing quickly to #1 R&B in January 1955.Charles told the Pop Chronicles that he performed this song for about a year before he recorded in on November 18, 1954. The song would lead to more hits for Charles during this period when he was on Atlantic. It was later ranked No. 235 on Rolling Stone′s list of the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time, one of Charles' five songs on the list. A re-recorded version by Ray Charles, entitled "I Gotta Woman" (ABC-Paramount 10649) reached No. 79 on the Billboard pop chart in 1965.
The song has also been covered by many other artists, including:
Elvis Presley - Elvis Presley (1956)
The Beatles - Live at the BBC
Bill Cosby
Bill Wyman's Rhythm Kings
The Barbarians
Anneke van Giersbergen
Baby Face Willette
Fred McDowell
Jo Stafford (rewritten and recorded as "I Got a Sweetie")
Bobby Darin
Adam Faith
Booker T. & the M.G.'s
Roy Orbison
Al Kooper
The Honeydrippers
The Monkees
Stevie Wonder
Snooks Eaglin
Johnny Cash and June Carter
John Mayer Trio
John Hammond
Bill Haley & His Comets
Jamie Cullum
Sonny Terry & Brownie McGhee
Jayson Slack
Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers
Gibson Brothers
Andrew Wild
Kermit Ruffins & Rebirth Brass Band
Bryan Adams
Ramblin' Jack Elliott
Sammy Davis Jr.
Toots & the Maytals
Jimmy Smith
Pink Anderson
Paolo Nutini
Alonzo Pennington
Johnny Hallyday
John Scofield
John Mayer
The Routers
Johnny Rivers (1964)
Martin Solveig
Lightnin' Hopkins
The Gibson Brothers
The band Dire Straits mentions the song in their song "Walk of Life", from their 1985 album Brothers in Arms in 2:44.
Kanye West's song "Gold Digger" contains samples (as well as an interpolation during the introduction) of the song.

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