This jaunty jingle was written by Dick Wilson and Ray Charles. According to the liner notes to What the World Needs Now is Love by the Ray Charles Singers, the Minneapolis Chamber of Commerce held a contest and this was the winning entry. I can’t be the only person who wishes they would have made a record with all the losing entries (In the vein of Albert Brooks’ “Rewriting the National Anthem” which we recently posted). At least we can hear the winner:
Ray Charles wrote hundreds of jingles, none as beloved today as another collaboration with Minneapolitan Dick Wilson, “We’re Gonna Win Twins”. He also wrote the song you sang in elementary school with the all of the states names in order. Yeah, somebody wrote that song.
You may have seen records by the relatively obscure rhythm and blues pianist Ray Charles, left, and mistaken them for this Ray Charles.
Adding to the confusion, the two Ray Charleses briefly worked together at Atlantic, where Ray Charles would record his only solo album, Memories of a Middle Aged Movie Fan.
That record features a fantastic collection of stars from the Command label, including Toots Theilemans, Doc Severinsen, Dick Hyman and Tony Motolla. Unbelievably, he was the one forced to bill himself as “the other Ray Charles”.
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