Hit the Road Jack
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"Hit the Road Jack" is a song written by the rhythm and blues artist Percy Mayfield and first recorded in 1960 as an a cappella demo sent to Art Rupe. It became famous after it was recorded by the singer-songwriter-pianist Ray Charles with The Raelettes vocalist Margie Hendrix, and eventually became one of Charles' signature songs.
|"Hit the Road Jack"|
|Single by Ray Charles|
|B-side||"The Danger Zone"|
|Format||7" single, 45rpm|
|Ray Charles singles chronology|
Charles's recording hit number one for two weeks on the Billboard Hot 100, beginning on Monday, October 9, 1961. "Hit the Road Jack" won a Grammy award for Best Rhythm and Blues Recording. The song was number one on the R&B Sides chart for five weeks, thereby becoming Charles's sixth number-one on that chart. The song is ranked number 387 on Rolling Stone magazine's list of "The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time".
The Chantels released an answer song, "Well, I Told You" which charted at #29.
The Stampeders versionEdit
|Australia (Kent Music Report)||3|
|Belgium (Ultratop 50 Flanders)||13|
|UK Singles (Official Charts Company)||6|
|US Billboard Hot 100||1|
|US Hot R&B Sides (Billboard)||1|
In popular cultureEdit
- Whitburn, Joel (2011). Top Pop Singles 1955–2010. Record Research, Inc. p. 847. ISBN 0-89820-188-8.
- Kent, David (2005). Australian Chart Book (1940–1969). Turramurra: Australian Chart Book. ISBN 0-646-44439-5.
- "Ultratop.be – Ray Charles – Hit the Road Jack" (in Dutch). Ultratop 50. Retrieved March 8, 2014.
- "Official Singles Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved March 8, 2014.
- "Ray Charles – Awards". AllMusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved March 8, 2014.
- "Lescharts.com – Ray Charles – Hit the Road Jack" (in French). Les classement single. Retrieved March 8, 2014.