Rhythm and Blues
It’s pretty clear: “Don’t you come back no more, no more, no more, no more.” The song was written by R&B blues singer Percy Mayfield. Ray Charles with The Raelettes ,featuring vocalist Margie Hendrix, and his Orchestra released it in 1961 as a single backed with “The Danger Zone.” Charles also released it on his 1962 album Ray Charles Greatest Hits. In 1961, the song went to #1 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 and U.S. Hot R&B Sides. It charted well internationally, going to #6 in the U.K., #3 in Australia, and #13 in Belgium. “Hit the Road Jack” won a Grammy award for Best Rhythm and Blues Recording. It alsois on Rolling Stone magazine’s list of “The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time.”
Ray Charles was born on September 23, 1930, in Albany, Georgia. His pioneering in music as a musician, singer, songwriter, composer and arranger helped to develop the genre of soul music. It earned him the title of The High Priest of Soul. He contributed to the country, jazz, pop, gospel, and rock and roll genres as well. Rolling Stone magazine has Ray Charles on the list of “The 100 Greatest Artists of All Time.” Charles died at the age of 73 on June 10, 2004.