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03 April 2010

Ellie, My Love (1989)

In 1989, Ray Charles recorded a version of the Southern All Stars' song Itoshi no Ellie as Ellie, My Love for a Suntory TV commercial, reaching #3 on Japan's Oricon chart. Eventually, it sold more than 400,000 copies, and became that year's best-selling single performed by a Western artist for the Japanese music market. Ray released the track also on his Would You Believe album. The first video below looks like a relict of a Japanese tv show, possibly at the time of Ray's second Japan tour in 1990.

This was the first time the tune was played live with the band and The Raelettes - probably in a TV studio in Yokohama.

 '90 LC Tokyo BB:


Another Suntory commercial, probably from a second campaign, and therefore probably from 1990, used a new arrangement of What'd I Say as a soundscore. The full version of this arrangement was released on the album Thanks For Bringing Love Around Again (2002).

Commercial, 30-second cut:

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