Ray Charles begins the recording of ‘Modern Sounds in Country and Western Music’ featuring ‘I Can’t Stop Loving You’ and ‘You Don’t Know Me’ (1962)

Ray Charles’ ‘Modern Sounds in Country and Western Music’ is a studio album recorded between February 5 & 15, 1962 and released in April 1962 by ABC-Paramount.

Track Listing : 1.Bye Bye Love (Boudleaux Bryant, Felice Bryant) – 02:09 . 2.You Don’T Know Me (Eddy Arnold, Cindy Walker) – 03:14 . 3.Half As Much (Curley Williams) – 03:24 . 4.I Love You So Much It Hurts (Floyd Tillman) – 03:33 . 5.Just A Little Lovin’ (Will Go A Long Way) (Eddy Arnold, Zeke Clements) – 03:26 . 6.Born To Lose (Frankie Brown, Ted Daffan) – 03:15 . 7.Worried Mind (Ted Daffan, Jimmie Davis) – 02:54 . 8.It Makes No Difference Now (Floyd Tillman, Jimmie Davis) – 03:30 . 9.You Win Again (Hank Williams) – 03:29 . 10.Careless Love (Traditional, Ray Charles) – 03:56 . 11.I Can’T Stop Loving You (Don Gibson) – 04:13 . 12.Hey, Good Lookin’ (Hank Williams) – 02:10

Musicians : Ray Charles – Piano, Vocals . Hank Crawford – Alto Saxophone . Gil Fuller – Arrangements (Big Band) . Gerald Wilson – Arrangements (Big Band) . Marty Paich – Arrangements (Strings)

Production : Produced By Ray Charles, Sid Feller, Joe Adams . Frank Abbey – Engineer . Bob Arnold – Engineer . Johnny Cue – Engineer . Bill Putnam – Engineer . Gene Thompson – Engineer

Package : Hugh Bell – Photography . Todd Everett – Liner Notes . Michael Ochs Archives – Photography

Recorded Between February 5 & 15, 1962 At Capitol Studios (New York, New York); United Recording Studios (Hollywood, California).

Released In April 1962 By Abc-Paramount.

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Again, despite all the hits he scored after he left Atlantic, even with country songs like “I Can’t Stop Loving You”, there’s something to be said for sympathetic production. I’d be interested to hear the Modern Sounds tracks without the strings, horns and outdated vocalists, although I’m afraid there’s probably not much going on beneath all that commercial dross. […]

In nearly every way possbile, Ray Charles reached the pinnacle of his career with Modern Sounds In Country And Western Music, released in 1962. It remains the most successful and influential album he ever did, but there was a lot of resistance to the record originally. […]

Charles’ intones the sleepy-blue nuances of country crooners while still giving the songs a needed kick with his gospel outbursts. No pedal steel or fiddles here, just a fine store of inimitable interpretations. […]


Ray Charles’ ‘Modern Sounds in Country and Western Music’ on RVM [Radio.Video.Music]M


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