Hold it! Hey hey ho ho hey hey ho ho hey hey ho ho hey Oh one more time just one more time Say it one more time right now just one more time Say it one more time now just one more time Say it one more time yeah just one more time Say it one more time just one more time Say it one more time yeah just one more time.
Hey hey ho ho hey hey ho ho hey hey ho ho hey Ah! Make me feel so good make me feel so good Make me feel so good now yeah make me feel so good Woah!
Wexler later said, "I realized the best thing I could do with Ray was leave him alone". From into the s Charles toured for days a year with a seven-piece orchestra. He employed another Atlantic singing trio named the Cookies and renamed them the Raelettes when they backed him up on the road.
Since Charles had also included a Wurlitzer electric piano on tour because he did not trust the tuning and quality of the pianos provided him at every venue. On the occasions he would play it, he was derided by other musicians. According to Charles' autobiography, "What'd I Say" was accidental when he improvised it to fill time at the end of a concert in December Charles and his orchestra had exhausted their set list after midnight, but had 12 minutes left to fill.
He told the Raelettes, "Listen, I'm going to fool around and y'all just follow me". Starting on the electric piano, Charles played what felt right: a series of riffs , switching then to a regular piano for four choruses backed up by a unique Latin conga tumbao rhythm on drums.
Charles used gospel elements in a twelve-bar blues structure. The audience reacted immediately; Charles could feel the room shaking and bouncing as the crowd was dancing. Many audience members approached Charles at the end of the show to ask where they could purchase the record.
Charles and the orchestra performed it again several nights in a row with the same reaction at each show. He called Jerry Wexler to say he had something new to record, later writing, "I don't believe in giving myself advance notices, but I figured this song merited it". The Atlantic Records studio had just purchased an 8-track recorder , and recording engineer Tom Dowd was familiarizing himself with how it worked. Dowd recalled that it did not seem special at the time of recording.
It was second of two songs during the session and Charles, the producers, and the band were more impressed with the first one at the session, "Tell the Truth": "We made it like we made all the others. Ray, the gals, and the band live in the small studio, no overdubs. Three or four takes, and it was done. Dowd, however, had two problems during the recording. Furthermore, although the lyrics were not obscene, the sounds Charles and the Raelettes made in their calls and responses during the song worried Dowd and the producers.
Either that, or you're not accustomed to the sweet sounds of love. Dowd solved the recording issues by mixing three versions of the song. Some call-outs of "Shake that thing! The recorded version divides the parts with a false ending where the orchestra stops and the Raelettes and orchestra members beg Charles to continue, then goes on to a frenzied finale.
Billboard magazine initially gave "What'd I Say" a tepid review: "He shouts out in percussive style Side two is the same. Radio stations refused to play it because it was too sexually charged, but Atlantic refused to take the records back from stores. A slightly sanitized version was released in July in response to the complaints, and the song hit number A week later it was at 43, then In contrast to their earlier review, Billboard several weeks later wrote that the song was "the strongest pop record that the artist has done to date".
Music, as was much of American society, was also segregated , and some critics complained that gospel was not only being appropriated by secular musicians, but it was being marketed to white listeners.
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