Hit the Road Jack

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Hit the Road Jack (German about "Hau ab, Jack") is a song that was written by Percy Mayfield and first recorded in 1960 as an a cappella version.


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 .


The song was voted # 377 of Rolling Stone magazine's 500 Best Songs of All Time . In 2012 the song was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame .

Known versions

Known versions come from:

Individual evidence

  1. ^ "Hit the Road Jack" at Billboard.com .
  2. Joel Whitburn : Top R&B / Hip-Hop Singles: 1942-2004 . Record Research, 2004, p. 112.
  3. 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 @1@ 2Template: Webachiv / IABot / jazztimes.com
  4. Hit The Road Jack | Throttle | Spinnin 'Records. February 6, 2017, accessed March 11, 2017 .

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