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"Mary Ann" is a song written and performed by Ray Charles and released in 1956 as a single on the Atlantic Records label. It was the third Ray Charles song to reach No. 1 on the Billboard Best Selling Rhythm & Blues chart. The song is set to a Latin beat, but switches into a swing rhythm, "an alternation that adds fun for the dancers." It has been described as "a sexy blues," and "a lightly lascivious tune."The song was written about Mary Ann Fisher (1923–2004), a singer who had recently joined Charles' band as a featured vocalist in his touring shows. Despite Charles' marriage, the two became lovers, and Fisher appears on a number of his Atlantic recordings. Fisher left Ray Charles in 1958 after he had added the Raelettes, formerly the Cookies, as female vocal backup to his band. 


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Well now, oh Mary Ann 
Well you sure look fine 
Well, oh oh now 
I could love you all the time 

Well, now oh Mary Ann 
I said baby, don't ya know 
Well now, oh oh baby 
Don't ya know 
Don't ya know baby 
That I love you so 

Oh well oh oh
I'm gonna talk about it, hmmm...
Easy! Oooh...

Oooh, Mary Ann 
Can I take you home tonight 
Oh baby, yeah, yeah 
Can I take you home tonight 
If you let me baby 
I'll make everything alright

Oh well oh oh
I've got a feeling.

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Ray Charles

Ray Charles Robinson (September 23, 1930 – June 10, 2004) was an American musician known as Ray Charles (to avoid confusion with champion boxer Sugar Ray Robinson.) He was a pioneer in the genre of soul music during the 1950s by fusing rhythm and blues, gospel, and blues styles into his early recordings with Atlantic Records. He also helped racially integrate country and pop music during the 1960s with his crossover success on ABC Records, most notably with his Modern Sounds albums. While with ABC, Charles became one of the first African-American musicians to be given artistic control by a mainstream record company.Frank Sinatra called Charles “the only true genius in show business.” more »

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