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The accomplished pianist and songwriter would’ve been 83 today! Click through the galley to see the 10 artists that have sampled or covered his work over the years!

Happy 84th Birthday Ray Charles: 10 Artists That Have Sampled + Covered His Biggest Hits was originally published on blackamericaweb.com

1. ‘Spread’ – Outkast

‘Spread’ – Outkast

‘Spread’ contains a sample from ‘Yes Indeed’.

2. ‘I Believe To My Soul’ – Donny Hathway

‘I Believe To My Soul’ – Donny Hathway

The late Donny Hathway

3. ‘Let The Good Times Roll’ – Chuck Brown

‘Let The Good Times Roll’ – Chuck Brown

Chuck Brown used portions of ‘Let The Good Times Roll’.

4. ‘Set Me Free’ Lloyd ft. Mystikal

‘Set Me Free’ Lloyd ft. Mystikal

The rapper sampled Ray Charles’ ‘Unchain My Heart’.

5. ‘Mamma Mia’ – Will.I.Am

‘Mamma Mia’ – Will.I.Am

‘Mamma Mia’ contains a sample of Ray Charles’ ‘What’d I Say?’

6. ‘Paper Thin’ – MC Lyte

‘Paper Thin’ – MC Lyte

‘Hit The Road Jack’ was sampled by rap legend, MC lyte

7. ‘Georgia’ – Field Mob ft. Ludacris

‘Georgia’ – Field Mob ft. Ludacris

The group sampled the 1960’s hit ‘Georgia On My Mind’.

8. ‘Gold Digger’ – Kanye West ft. Jamie Foxx

‘Gold Digger’ – Kanye West ft. Jamie Foxx

Kanye sampled Ray Charles’ ‘I Got A Woman’ for his hit collaboration with Jamie Foxx.

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