Willie Nelson, Ray Charles, “It Was a Very Good Year” (Genius Loves Company)

Part Two: Behind the scenes of the making of Ray Charles’ final work, the duets album “Genius Loves Company”. Features Willie Nelson, Van Morrison and Michael McDonald.

In 2004 Ray Charles recorded Genius Loves Company, which consisted of duets of Charles and other artists, personally selected by him. It was the last album he completed before his death. It debuted at #1 on the Billboard 200. At the Grammys on February 13, 2005, it won eight awards, including Album of the Year and Record of the Year for the song “Here We Go Again”.

Genius Loves Company was produced as a collaboration of Concord Records and Hear Music, the music label of the coffee chain Starbucks. The great commercial success of the album (over 5.5 million copies were sold worldwide up to 2007) has been attributed in part to it being distributed and promoted via Starbucks coffeehouses.

Track List:

    1. “Here We Go Again” with Norah Jones
    2. “Sweet Potato Pie” with James Taylor 
    3. “You Don’t Know Me” with Diana Krall
    4. “Sorry Seems To Be The Hardest Word” with Elton John
    5. “Fever” with Natalie Cole 
    6. “Do I Ever Cross Your Mind?” with Bonnie Raitt
    7. “It Was a Very Good Year” with Willie Nelson
    8. “Hey Girl” with Michael McDonald
    9. “Sinner’s Prayer” with B.B.King 
    10. “Heaven Help Us All” with Gladys Knight
    11. “Somewhere Over The Rainbow” with Johnny Mathis 
    12. “Crazy Love” with Van Morrison

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