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You Are My Sunshine by Ray Charles

Album: Greatest Hits, Vol. 2Released: 1962Charted:
  • This was written by Jimmie Davis and his guitar player Charles Mitchell, who first recorded it in 1940, a year after both the Pine Ridge Boys and the The Rice Brothers Gang introduced it (some historians claim Paul Rice actually wrote the tune and sold it to Davis). Davis was a prolific songwriter who became Governor of Louisiana a few years after.
  • Bing Crosby was the first to have a hit with this song. His version went to #20 in the US in 1941.
  • This was sung on the "It Was a GOOD Life" episode of The Twilight Zone by a neighbor of a supernatural little boy -- before the boy changes the neighbor into a jack-in-the-box and buries him in a cornfield.
  • The B-side was Hank Williams' signature song, "Your Cheatin' Heart." >>
    Suggestion credit:
    Brad Wind - Miami, FL, for above 3
  • The acclaimed 2000 O Brother, Where Art Thou? soundtrack includes a version from bluegrass performer Norman Blake.
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Comments: 12

On December 23rd 1962, "You Are My Sunshine" by Ray Charles peaked at #7 (for 1 week) on Billboard's Hot Top 100 chart; it had entered the chart on November 10th and spent 12 weeks on the Top 100...
And on December 15th it reached #1 (for 1 week) on Billboard's R&B Singles chart (during the year 1962 he had two other No. 1s on the R&B chart ("Unchain My Heart" for 2 weeks and "I Can't Stop Loving You" for 10 weeks)...
The record's B-side, "Your Cheating Heart", also made the Top 100, it peaked at #29...
Both songs were from his album, "Modern Sounds in Country and Western Music, Volume Two", the album peaked at #2 on Billboard's Top 200 Albums chart...
R.I.P. Mr. Charles, born Ray Charles Robinson, 1930 - 2004.
Barry - Sauquoit, Ny
On December 5th, 1960, "You Are My Sunshine" by Johnny & the Hurricanes entered Billboard's Hot Top 100 chart for a one week stay at position #91...
It charted two more times in the 1960s; Ray Charles reached #7 with it in 1962 and Mitch Ryder took it to #88 in 1967...
Barry - Sauquoit, Ny
this link states the backup singer is Margie Hendricks. She sounded like Aretha to this layman!

Phil - Chicago, Il
This song plays a prominent part in the movie "Oh Brother, Where Art Thou?" where people who love "old-timey music" keep singing it to sing away the effects of the Depression (although the movie took place before the song was even written).Ruth - Indianapolis, In
A song about love?...un-requited or lost love maybe. The song has many more verses than Ray sang. I'd hate to know that anyone was living life like that.Sally - Mclemoresville, Tn
i always sing this song for the little boy i babysit. he loves it.Caitlin - Upper Township, Nj
my dad sang this song to me when just a bub , and i then sang this song to my son..... a song about ones love for another... if only we could live life by what this songs preachesPete - Nowra, Australia
this is the first song i taught my granddaughter , we sang it when we would take drives together. she is 8 years old now and when i am blue or sad she sings this song to me.
dok, ky
Dok - Flatwoods, Ky
One of my earliest memomories is of my father coming home from work, singing this song to all of us (my mother, my older sister, and myself) as he came in the door. I think I was age 4 or 5 at the time. My dad had a terrible singing voice, but we didn't care.Rick - Seattle, Wa
who IS that woman and what's her lyric?Robert - London, England
Another thing about Davis: he promised to do nothing if elected LA governor-and he fulfilled his promise!Alex - New Orleans, La
Does anyone who the woman singing back up on this is?Antoinette - Nyc, Ny
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