Ray Charles: Come Rain or Come Shine


Come Rain Or Come Shine


Ray Charles (vocals, piano)


The Genius of Ray Charles (Atlantic 1312)

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Ray Charles (vocals, piano), Bob Brookmeyer (valve trombone),

Allen Hanlon (guitar), Wendell Marshall (bass), Ted Sommer (drums), with Ralph Burns and his Orchestra


Composed by Harold Arlen and Johnny Mercer


Recorded: New York, May 6, 1959


Rating: 95/100 (learn more)

In addition to being an iconic rhythm ‘n’ blues vocalist, Ray Charles played jazz piano and alto saxophone. But it was his soulful singing that was held in such high esteem by the jazz community. His heart-wrenching rendering of “Come Rain Or Come Shine,” over a lush Ralph Burns arrangement for an orchestra that included strings, a choir, and Bob Brookmeyer’s earthy valve trombone, may be the most moving version of the song ever recorded.

Reviewer: David Franklin

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