Today, Ray Charles is remembered as an American music icon. His ability to fuse thythm & blues with country and pop influenced generations of musicians plue made his music popular with white audiances. He places 76 singles on the BILLBOARD MAGAZINE Pop Singles Chart in addition to selling tens of millions of albums.
“What’d I Say” was a cross between a preacher giving a sermon and someone talking about their latest sexual adventure. His vocal iterplay with his female backing group, The Raelettes, created a tension that kept the listener enthralled.
The single was the first big pop hit of his career. Released during the summer of 1969, it reached number six on the pop charts. When this song hit the radio airwaves, the career of Ray Charles was about to take off.