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Unformatted text preview: ven arrangement. His albums from the mid-Sixties onward
have downplayed gospel and blues in favor
of jazz standards, pop songs, and show tunes,
although his singing remains distinctive. I've Got a Woman," with a sevenpiece band fronted by Charles' pounding gospel piano and a new raspy, exuberant vocal sound, became his first national hit (Number Two R&B, 1955) Charles’ use of a full scale revue, complete
with horns and gospel-style backup singers ,
the raelettes. While "What'd I Say" (Number Six pop, Number One R&B, 1959), was a mix of wild blues/gospel/Latin, became Charles' first millionseller. Over the years “What’d I Say” and “ I’ve Got
A Woman” remained his most pop...
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