February 13

“Here We Go Again”, “Here We Go Again”: Not Once but Several Times

“Here We Go Again” is a country music standard that Don Lanier and Red Steagall composed. Its original became notable as a rhythm and blues single by Ray Charles. It was a single from his 1967 album Ray Charles Invites You to Listen. The name Joe Adams produced the track for ABC Records/Tangerine Records. Up to now, this version of the song has had the biggest commercial success. To explain, it spent twelve consecutive weeks on the US Billboard Hot 100 chart that peaked at number 15.

Here we go again
She’ll break my heart again
I’ll play the part again
One more time

The Originals and The Revivals

Having mentioned its most famous cover version, it was Charles’ duet with Norah Jones. This appeared on the 2004 album Genius Loves Company. After the debut of Genius Loves Company, “Here We Go Again” earned Grammy Awards for Record of the Year and Best Pop Collaboration at the 47th Grammy Awards in February 2005. This happened after the death of its originator Charles before the album’s release.

Another prominent version was by Nancy Sinatra. Her cover charted for five weeks in 1969. After three years, Johnny Duncan charted the song on Billboard’s Hot Country Songs chart for five weeks. Lastly, Roy Clark’s stayed on the charts for seven weeks in 1982.


“Here We Go Again”

Several artists have already covered the song in a wide variety of musical genres. All in all, five different versions have been listed on the music charts. Even though the two most successful have been rhythm and blues recordings, many of its other notable covers became part of country music albums.

At first, “Here We Go Again” had an instrumental jazz format. In rec, Gent times, many covers are in a duet. To name would be Willie Nelson and Norah Jones’s with Wynton Marsalis’ accompaniment.

Released in 2011, it was part of the tribute album Here We Go Again: Celebrating the Genius of Ray Charles. The song lent its name to Red Steagall’s 2007 album as well. Several other versions have appeared on compilation albums by various artists. Some did not release “Here We Go Again” as a single.

George Strait, another distinguished musician, also had his own rendition of the tune. This was the last track on his Holding My Own album.


George Strair, here we go again, Ray Charles

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