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What’d I Say (Atlantic, 1959)

What’d I Say was R&B singer Ray Charles’ fifth studio album. It contained his first Top 10 hit, What’d I Say Parts 1 & 2 that was also Charles’ first Gold record.

The song itself was accidental. Charles was performing at a concert and they still had 12 minutes left to fill, so they started playing. Audiences (they performed the “song” a few nights in a row) actually dug it and What’d I say became a real song. What’d I Say peaked at #6. At the time of its release, it was Atlantic Records’ best-selling song.

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