Ray Charles and Renald Richard -- one of his earliest bandleaders who likewise happened to blow a pretty mean trumpet -- co-wrote "I Got a Woman" during a road trip in the fall of 1954. As legend has it, the pair were listening to a gospel number on the radio when Richard began to improvise scat vocals atop the soulful groove. Charles inquired whether Richard could work up a similar-sounding piece and the rest, as they say, is history. The song was cut in Atlanta, GA, where Charles and company were doing a run of shows at the famous Peacock Club. As the artist felt he and his combo had prepared sufficient material, Charles summoned his producer, Jerry Wexler, and Atlantic Records head Ahmet Ertegun down to Atlanta to oversee the session on November 18, 1954 -- which was held at Georgia Tech University's radio station. Although from a technological perspective the facilities were no great shakes, Charles, who essentially produced the platter, was able to turn the results into his first R&B chart-topper. Also documented at the same time were three additional Charles originals: "Blackjack," "Greenbacks," and "Come Back Baby." Backing Brother Ray are Joe Bridgewater (trumpet), Charles Whitley (trumpet), Don Wilkerson (tenor sax), David "Fathead" Newman (baritone sax), Wesley Jackson (guitar), Jimmy Bell (bass), and Glenn Brooks (drums). Standing most prominently are the jaunty pacing and staccato horn impacts that are briskly interjected underneath Charles' definitive and soulful wails. As if further confirmation were needed, "I Got a Woman" was almost immediately covered by a sizable chunk of the concurrent Sun Records roster, including Elvis Presley, Jerry Lee Lewis, Johnny Cash, and Carl Perkins, as well as Bill Haley and Link Wray. Since then, even more luminaries, ranging from pre-British Invasion era Beatles to traditional folkie Ramblin' Jack Elliott, jazz organist Jimmy Smith, and Van Morrison and Them, have all had their way with "I Got a Woman."