Hit the Road Jack
The song is about a dispute between the singer and a woman who wants to kick him out and about his attempt to change her mind. Finally he gives up, packs his things and leaves. The song became famous after it was recorded (as a duet with Margie Hendrix ) by singer and pianist Ray Charles . It was a number one hit on the Billboard Hot 100 charts for two weeks in 1961 . The song was also the number one hit on the R&B charts for five weeks. It was Ray Charles' sixth number one hit on the R&B charts.
The composition is based on the Andalusian cadenza .
Known versions come from:
- Ray Charles (1961 - awarded the Grammy Award for Best R&B Performance )
- Richard Anthony (1961 - French as "Fiche le camp, Jack")
- The Animals (1966)
- Big Youth - as a reggae version in 1976
- Monica Zetterlund - in a Swedish version, Stick Iväg Jack 1962
- The Stampeders featuring Wolfman Jack (1976)
- Suzi Quatro (1974)
- John Mellencamp (as Johnny Cougar) (1976)
- The Residents (1987)
- Buster Poindexter (1989)
- Tokyo Ska Paradise Orchestra (1990 - Ska Para Toujou)
- Arrested Development (2002)
- Hermes House Band (2004 - Get Ready To Party)
- Miyavi (2005 - live)
- Basement Jaxx (2006)
- Tic Tac Toe (2006)
- Mo 'Horizons (Portuguese as "Pé Na Estrada")
- The Easybeats
- Sha Na Na
- Renee Olstead
- Shirley Horn
- Jamie Cullum and Tim Minchin
- John Farnham
- Acid drinkers
- "Hit the Road Jack" at Billboard.com .
- Joel Whitburn : Top R&B / Hip-Hop Singles: 1942-2004 . Record Research, 2004, p. 112.
- Jeff tamarkin: Coltrane, Mingus, Tristano Recordings Honored by Grammy Hall of Fame (2012) in ( Memento of the original from October 29, 2014 in the Internet Archive ) Info: The archive link was inserted automatically and has not yet been checked. Please check the original and archive link according to the instructions and then remove this notice. JazzTimes
- Hit The Road Jack | Throttle | Spinnin 'Records. February 6, 2017, accessed March 11, 2017 .