Written by Percy Mayfield, this catchy song is one we danced to often. When Ray Charles covered the song in 1961, it became an instant success- staying at #1 for two weeks and winning a Grammy. It’s no wonder that this song made it to Rolling Stone’s top 500 songs list.
This live performance of “Hit the Road Jack,” with the Raelettes as ever, is such a great version. Ray Charles fans will know that he often switched up the ad lib of each performance of this song, giving us insights into what exactly caused his woman to tell him to hit the road. And, as always, his improvised responses to her show us that determined attitude that made him such a big star. Check out this fun clip below. And, if you loved this then click here to watch the Supremes and the Andrews Sisters singing each other’s hits.