Ray Charles

Hallelujah I Love Her So

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Issued under the title Ray Charles in 1957, this Jerry Wexler-produced set was Ray Charles' debut album for Atlantic Records, and it was a gem, with powerful, timeless performances of "I Got a Woman," Henry Glover's "Drown in My Own Tears, Ahmet Ertegun's "Mess Around," a stomping version of "Hallelujah I Love Her So," and Lowell Fulson's "Sinner's Prayer," among other vintage Charles delights. The album was reissued in 1962 with the title Hallelujah I Love Her So, and has since also been reissued under the title Rock & Roll, but whatever it's called, it introduced one of the most dynamic performers of the 20th century to a new and wider audience.

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