“Busted” – Performed by Ray Charles (1963)

Ray Charles – Busted (1963)

Composed by the award winning songwriter Harlan Howard, Ray Charles’ performance of “Busted” won him his fourth Grammy in a row – Best Rhythm and Blues Recording 1963.

If I say this is one of my favorites songs you are probably thinking I am being redundant — but it truly is. In fact most of Brother Ray’s songs are favorites of mine.  And while researching this blog I have come to find more of Ray’s catalog that had eluded me over the years and I am loving those newly discovered “oldies but goodies” too!

The previous year Charles won a Grammy for a song from his “Modern Sounds in Country and Western Music” album and this song had been recorded by Country artist Johnny Cash in 1962.

The more I delve into the Genius of Ray Charles — I think his “Genius” is that he defies categorization!  He started out winning in the newly created R&B category of the Grammy Academy, but he charted both Billboard “Pop” and “Black” (the term that I despise and will go back to calling it R&B for my sanity),  and yet he had recorded a majority of classic “country” songs to this point.  His performances were tinged with “jazz” and “blues”, and yet oftentimes his orchestration was bordering on “classical”. Wow — what a conglomeration!

Yes I am sure that the “Genius” of Ray Charles is that he was not one musical genre, but a melding of all musical genres! You may read more about Ray Charles at Answers.com

“Busted” reached #4 Pop and #3 R&B on the US Billboard charts and #21 in the UK.

Watch the Genius at work, performing this classic during a 1982 European concert.

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2 CommentsLeave a comment

  1. Haha,

    I love it. Busted is one of my favorites.

  2. Chile, to really get the full flavor of this song, try the Austin City Limits version. Talk about fly! OMG, You can barely understand Ray (he’s either drunk or high or maybe just on a roll) but the soul in that one is awesome and undeniable! I love it and it’s a lot better than this sanitized for the album version.

    Either way, it’s a great song. But if you can get your hands on that live performance…it will knock your socks off.


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