2021Released
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Interesting facts and trivia about Hit the Road Jack. By Songfacts®.

Fred, you can stay. Steve, you're OK. But Jack, you gotta go. This kiss-off anthem was written by Ray's good friend Percy Mayfield, an R&B singer who was badly disfigured in a car accident soon after he started performing. Mayfield cut back his touring and made his mark as a prolific songwriter, with many of his compositions performed by Charles.

This was the second (and shortest, at an even two minutes) of Charles' three #1 hits.

The solo backing vocals were by Margie Hendricks, who was one of Ray's backup singers, The Raelettes. They were lovers for a time, but the song is not about their relationship.

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Song Analysis

Key, BPM (tempo) and time signature of Hit the Road Jack.
G♯Key
MinorMode
4/4Time Signature
173BPM

Album

The album Hit the Road Jack is released on.

Released By

The record label that has released Hit the Road Jack.
Tangerine Records
2021 Tangerine Records Released Under Exclusive License to Exceleration Music Partners LLC by the Ray Charles Foundation
2021 Tangerine Records Released Under Exclusive License to Exceleration Music Partners LLC by the Ray Charles Foundation

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