What'd I Say

original song written, composed, and performed by Ray Charles

"What'd I Say" is a 1959 song by Ray Charles and is the title track to his fifth studio album What'd I Say. It was one of his first soul tracks and broke into mainstream pop music with this track. It has been covered by Jerry Lee Lewis, Cliff Richard and Elvis Presley as a B-side to his hit single Viva Las Vegas.

"What'd I Say"
Single by Ray Charles
from the album What'd I Say
B-side"What'd I Say, Pt. 2"
ReleasedJune 1959
RecordedFebruary 18, 1959
Length5:10 (Album)
3:05 (Part 1)
1:59 (Part 2)
Songwriter(s)Ray Charles
Producer(s)Jerry Wexler
Ray Charles singles chronology
"Night Time Is the Right Time"
"What'd I Say"
"I'm Moving On"


  1. Campbell, Michael (2018). Popular Music in America: The Beat Goes On (5th ed.). Cengage Learning. p. 188. ISBN 978-1337560375.