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Mess Around (ver. 1) by Ray Charles - Piano Sheets and Free Sheet Music

  
About the Song
"Mess Around" (Atlantic 999) was one of the first big hits by music legend Ray Charles. It is noted for its insistent chorus of "Shake that thing!". The song was written by Atlantic Records president and founder Ahmet Ertegn. The lyrics urge listeners to dance ("mess around"), along with a few other key phrases harkening back to "Pinetop's Boogie Woogie", an early boogie woogie classic. "Mess Around" became a big R&B charted hit when released as a single in early 1953. Though a big hit on its own, it was not until Charles' "I Got a Woman" that the blind pianist-singer entered into the national spotlight. It was also covered by The Animals in 1965. The song was featured in the film Planes, Trains, and Automobiles, as John Candy plays along with his air piano and air saxophone. It was also featured in the 2004 biopic Ray. Dr. John included it in his collection of New Orleans classics Dr..    Download this sheet!
About the Artist
Raymond Charles Robinson (September 23; 1930 June 10; 2004); known by his stage name Ray Charles; was an American pianist and singer who shaped the sound of rhythm and blues. He brought a soulful sound to country music; pop standards; and a rendition of "America the Beautiful" that Ed Bradley of 60 Minutes called the "definitive version of the song; an American anthem a classic; just as the man who sung it." Frank Sinatra called him "the only true genius in the business" and in 2004; Rolling Stone Magazine ranked Charles #10 on their list of the 100 Greatest Artists of All Time.Raymond Charles Robinson was born in Albany; Georgia on September 23; 1930(1930-09-23). "Mess Around" (Atlantic 999) was one of the first big hits by music legend Ray Charles. It is noted for its insistent chorus of "Shake that thing!". The song was written by Atlantic Records president and founder Ahmet Ertegn. The lyrics urge listeners to dance ("mess around"), along with a few other key phrases harkening back to "Pinetop's Boogie Woogie", an early boogie woogie classic. "Mess Around" became a big R&B charted hit when released as a single in early 1953. Though a big hit.
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