Ray Charles

Hallelujah I Love Her So

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Recorded at the same session as an earlier Ray Charles hit, the country-tinged ballad "Drown In My Own Tears," the exuberant "Hallelujah, I Love Her So" is a tonic, one of Charles' most beloved early hits. Featuring one of Charles' most infectious melodies and a jazzy, almost big-band-style large horn section, the song is brilliantly arranged, filled with ear-catching starts and stops and brief a cappella passages. There's also a brilliant hook in the bridge, which recurs twice: in a line that was clearly first written as "She comes knocking on my door," the verb is replaced by the onomatopoeic sound effect of a brisk four-beat on the snare from drummer Panama Francis. Charles sings the lyrics with an almost giddy edge, and the entire song with lifted by such obvious high spirits that it's nearly impossible not to smile upon hearing it.

Appears On

Year Artist/Album Label Time AllMusic Rating
Ray Charles [Atlantic] 1957 Atlantic / Rhino 2:38
No Image 1963 HMV
No Image 196? Atlantic
No Image 1981 USA / IVE
No Image 1984 Charly Records
The Right Time 1987 Atlantic
Anthology [Rhino] 1988 Rhino 3:09
The Rock 'N' Roll Era: Roots of Rock - 1945-1956 1990
Various Artists
Atlantic Rhythm & Blues 1947-1974 [Box] 1991
Various Artists
Atlantic 2:34
Rhythm & Blues: Ray Charles - 1954-1966 1991 Time / Life Music
The Birth of Soul 1991 Rhino / Atlantic 2:34
The Best of Ray Charles: The Atlantic Years 1994 Rhino 2:36
No Image 1994 Jazz Music Yesterday
Classics 1995 Rhino 2:35
Golden Archives 1997
Various Artists
Rhino Flashback 2:34
I've Got a Woman & Other Hits 1997 Rhino Flashback 2:34
Genius & Soul: The 50th Anniversary Collection 1997 Rhino 2:36
Gold Collection [Retro] 1998 Retro Music 3:23
Ultimate Hits Collection 1999 Rhino 2:34
The Very Best of Ray Charles [Rhino] 2000 Rhino 2:33
Le Genius of Soul [Wea International] 2000 WEA International 2:37
Definitive Ray Charles 2001 WEA International 2:37
All the 60's 2003
Various Artists
Warner Music 2:36
Best of BD Jazz 2004
Various Artists
BD Jazz / Nocturne Records 3:29
Ray [Original Soundtrack] 2004 Atlantic / Rhino / Warner Bros. 3:05
Ray Charles [Columbia River] 2004 United Audio Entertainment 3:19
Anthology [United Multi Consign] 2005 AAO Music / Umme!!! 3:19
Genius & Friends 2005 Atlantic / Rhino 0:00
Pure Genius: The Complete Atlantic Recordings (1952-1959) 2005 Atlantic / Rhino / Warner Bros. 5:31
The Right Time: The Platinum Collection 2005 Warner Elektra Atlantic Corp. / Warner Platinum 2:37
The Distinctive Ray Charles 2006 AAO Music 3:17
The Definitive Soul Collection 2006 Rhino 2:35
Ray 2006
AAO Music / United Audio Entertainment 3:19
Rhythm and Blues 2006 Chrome Dreams 2:35
Songs You Know, Vol. 5 2006
Various Artists
Rhino 2:38
The Soul of a Man [SPV] 2007 SPV
The Way I Feel 2007 Proper / Proper Sales & Dist. 2:35
The Way I Feel: I Got a Woman 2007 Proper Sales & Dist. 2:35
The Gold Album 2008 Deja Vu / Recording Arts 3:23
Genius: The Ultimate Collection 2009 Concord 3:05
Jazz! 2009
Various Artists
Music & Melody / ZYX 0:00
The Complete Soul Collection 2009
Various Artists
Horizon 2:34
The King of Soul: Classic Hits 2010 Ais / Jackpot / Jackpot Records 2:36
The Absolutely Essential 3 CD Collection 2010 Big3 Records / Proper Uk 2:34
Six Classic Albums 2011 Imc Music Ltd. 2:34
Flashback with Ray Charles 2011 Rhino Flashback 2:34
3/60: Love 2011
Various Artists
Crimson Productions 2:36
The Help [Music from the Motion Picture] 2011
Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
Geffen 2:35
50 of the Most Influential Blues Songs of the 20th Century 2011
Various Artists
Jasmine Records 2:36
300 Hits: Love Songs 2012
Various Artists
Bellevue Publishing / Wienerworld 2:35
Saturday Night Party: Soul Party 2012
Various Artists
Bellevue Publishing 2:18
Soul: It's a Man's Man's Man's World 2012
Various Artists
Bellevue Publishing 2:34
What'd I Say/Hallellujah I Love Her So 2013 Hoo Doo Records 2:33
The Ultimate Collection 2013 10Ten Media / Zebralution
No Image 2013 Must Have Records
The Greatest Ever... Love Songs [Bellevue] 2014
Various Artists
Bellevue / Wienerworld 2:37
Soda Shop Romance 2014
Various Artists
Green Hill Music / Spring Hill Music 2:32
The Atlantic Years: In Mono 2016 Rhino
Essential Original Albums 2016 Masters of Music 2:35
An Introduction to Ray Charles 2017 Atlantic / Rhino 0:00
The Genius, Vol. 1 2017 Vintage / Zebralution
Drop the Needle: Best of Ray Charles 2018 Rhino 2:35
300 Hits: Saturday Night Party
Various Artists
Bellevue Publishing / Wienerworld 2:18
300 Hits: Soul
Various Artists
Bellevue Publishing 2:34
Atlantic Rock & Roll Series
Various Artists
Atlantic / Rhino 2:37
No Image BD Jazz
No Image 10TEN MEDIA
Greatest Jazz Love Songs, Vol. 1
Various Artists
Sound and Vision
Various Artists
Rhino / Warner Music / WSM 2:38
No Image Must Have Records
No Image Puzzled Records
Various Artists
Rhino 2:38
Music, Music, Music Warner Bros.
No Image
Various Artists
Soulful Mornings
Various Artists
Rhino 2:38
The Greatest R&B Hits of 1956, Vol. 1
Various Artists
Acrobat Music 2:36
The History of Rock 'n' Roll, Vol. 6 [Excalibur]
Various Artists
No Image Must Have Records
No Image Labelle
No Image Puzzled Records
No Image Puzzled Records