Ray Charles, ‘Georgia on My Mind’
Writers: Hoagy Carmichael, Stuart Gorrell
Producer: Sid Feller
Released: Sept. ’60, ABC-Paramount
13 weeks; No. 1
Charles’ driver had heard him singing “Georgia on My Mind” in the car and suggested that Charles add that to the record he was working on, an album consisting of songs with place names in their titles. Once he recorded it, though, Charles said he thought of many ways his rendition could have been better. As the single was about to enter the charts, Charles introduced his version to America on Hugh Hefner’s Playboy Penthouse, a syndicated show out of Chicago, with David “Fathead” Newman handling the string parts on flute.