I Got a Woman
Ray Charles made I Got a Woman one of the most popular songs in the United States, crossing boundaries of musical style and race. It was his first big hit. He and trumpet player Renald Richard composed the song while on the road with the band, listening to a gospel hymn on the radio. Many artists have covered this joyous, upbeat love song, including, of course, the Beatles.
The Beatles recorded I Got a Woman on July 16, 1963 for a BBC radio program Pop Go The Beatles broadcast August 13, 1963. It had been in their performance repertoire since the beginning, and they knew the song well. Curiously, they never covered the song for EMI. In the Beatles version, John does all the singing. The 1963 recording was eventually released (in November of 1994) on Live at the BBC.