Ray Charles

That Lucky Old Sun (Just Rolls Around Heaven All Day)

Composed by Harry Beasley Smith / Haven Gillespie

Song Review by

Sort of the son of "Georgia on My Mind," "Lucky Old Sun" is a classic Southern ballad that is based in a simple blues chord progression, yet comes across as jazz. Lyrically, the themes of mortality and the power of nature are the themes here. Covered by a multitude of other artists, from Mel Torme to Frank Sinatra, it's a mild, modern classic.

Appears On

Year Artist/Album Label Time AllMusic Rating
Modern Sounds in Country and Western Music 1962 Rhino 4:21
No Image 1974 Argo 4:20
No Image 1981 USA/IVE
Anthology [Rhino] 1988 Rhino 4:24
Malcolm X [Original Soundtrack] 1992
Original Soundtrack
Qwest 4:22
The World of Ray Charles [Garland] 1993 Garland 4:20
Genius & Soul: The 50th Anniversary Collection 1997 Rhino 4:25
Standards 1998 Rhino 4:25
Definitive Ray Charles 2001 WEA International 4:26
Ray Charles Sings for America 2002 Rhino 4:24
Here We Go Again 2003 BCI Music (Brentwood Communication) 4:22
American Soul 2004 BCI Music (Brentwood Communication) / Brentwood Records 4:22
Here We Go Again/I Chose to Sing the Blues 2005 BCI-Eclipse Distribution / BCI Music (Brentwood Communication) 4:22
Music of Your Life: Best of Ray Charles 2008 TGG Direct / Diamond Recordings 4:24
No Image
Various Artists
Forever Classic Hits 4:19
Golden Oldies Hit Series, Vol. 13
Various Artists
Forever Classic Hits 4:19
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