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|"Hit the Road Jack"|
|Single by Ray Charles|
|B-side||"The Danger Zone"|
|Ray Charles singles chronology|
"Hit the Road Jack" is a song written by the rhythm and blues artist Percy Mayfield and first recorded in 1960 as an a cappella demo sent to Art Rupe. It became famous after it was recorded by the singer-songwriter-pianist Ray Charles with The Raelettes vocalist Margie Hendrix, and eventually became one of Charles' signature songs.
Charles's recording hit number one for two weeks on the Billboard Hot 100, beginning on Monday, October 9, 1961. "Hit the Road Jack" won a Grammy award for Best Rhythm and Blues Recording. The song was number one on the R&B Sides chart for five weeks, thereby becoming Charles's sixth number-one on that chart. The song is ranked number 387 on Rolling Stone magazine's list of "The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time".
The Chantels released an answer song, "Well, I Told You" which charted at #29.
The Stampeders version
|Australia (Kent Music Report)||3|
|Belgium (Ultratop 50 Flanders)||13|
|New Zealand (Lever Hit Parade)||1|
|UK Singles (OCC)||6|
|US Billboard Hot 100||1|
|US Hot R&B Sides (Billboard)||1|
In popular culture
- The Ray Charles recording starts out the 1991 film The Fisher King, as part of Jack Lucas' radio show opener.
- The Buster Poindexter recording was produced for and used in the 1989 film The Dream Team and was also used in the end credits of Lars von Trier's 2018 horror film The House That Jack Built.
- Whitburn, Joel (2011). Top Pop Singles 1955–2010. Record Research, Inc. p. 847. ISBN 978-0-89820-188-8.
- Kent, David (2005). Australian Chart Book (1940–1969). Turramurra: Australian Chart Book. ISBN 0-646-44439-5.
- "Ultratop.be – Ray Charles – Hit the Road Jack" (in Dutch). Ultratop 50. Retrieved March 8, 2014.
- Lever Hit Parade, 30 November 1961
- "Official Singles Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved March 8, 2014.
- "Ray Charles – Awards". AllMusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved March 8, 2014.
- "Lescharts.com – Ray Charles – Hit the Road Jack" (in French). Les classement single. Retrieved March 8, 2014.
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