April 1962: 'Modern Sounds in Country and Western Music'

The album by Ray Charles is released by ABC-Paramount Records. An influential mix of musical genres, its most popular single would be "I Can't Stop Loving You."

From the March 21 issue of Billboard Music Week, under the section "Spotlight Albums of the Week":

This is one of the most intriguing albums in a long time -- the great Ray Charles doing great hillbilly songs against a jazz-oriented big bang with arrangements by Marty Paich, Gerald Wilson and Gil Fuller. The concept is wonderful, and the sides include Hank Williams' "You Win Again," the Eddy Arnold hit "You Don't Know Me," and the Davis-Duffen "Worried Mind. In addition toe being powerful dealer material, this package will fracture knowledgable jockeys who will find it in a wealth of material to talk about as well as play.

* Summary from "100 Greatest Albums" (2003 book by Jacob Hoye): @
* The making of the album (from the video podcast series, "Ray Charles, Genius"): @
* "Ray Charles: The Birth of Soul" (2007 book by Mike Evans): @
* "Ray Charles: Man and Music:" (2004 book by Michael Lydon): @
* raycharles.com: @

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