The Raelettes were a girl group in the 1950s, 1960s, 1970s, and 1980s, formed, as their name suggests, to provide backing vocals for Ray Charles.
Its membership originally consisted of Darlene McCrea, Margie Hendricks, Patricia Lyles, and Gwendolyn Berry. Later members included Mable John, Merry Clayton, Clydie King, Minnie Riperton, Susaye Greene, Dorothy Berry, Beverly LeSure and Rita Graham who recorded the album Rita Graham Vibrations produced by Ray Charles on his Tangerine label, the only major recording production Ray Charles produced on a single female artist on that label. Of Margie Hendricks, Ray Charles said, "Aretha, Gladys, Etta James--these gals are all bad, but on any given night, Margie will scare you to death." The 1980s' set of Raelettes included Avis Harrell, Madlyne Qubeck, Estella Yarbrough, Trudy Cohran, Janice Mitchell, Pat Peterson and Alexandra 'Alex' Brown, who had a minor hit with the single "(Come On,) Shout", which was featured on the soundtrack of the movie Girls Just Want to Have Fun. The 1990s' set of Raelettes included Paula Moye, Angela Workman and Tracey Whitney.
Although they never gained fame for their singles, they had a number of pop and R&B hits and several have gone on to promising solo careers. Before becoming the Raelettes, the group were known as The Cookies. The group's name was on occasions also spelled as The Raelets or Raeletts.
- "One Hurt Deserves Another" (#76 Pop/ #24 R&B))
- "I Want To (Do Everything For You)" (#96 Pop/ #39 R&B)
- "Bad Water" (#58 Pop/ #40 R&B)
- "I've Been Gett'n Long Alright" (#23 R&B)
- "I Want To Thank You" (#47 R&B)0.0.0.
- "Leave My Man Alone"
- The Raelettes at All Music Guide
- Rita Graham interview by Rob Jones
|Studio albums||Ray Charles (Hallelujah, I Love Her So) The Great Ray Charles Yes Indeed! Soul Brothers The Genius of Ray Charles Genius+Soul=Jazz Ray Charles Sextet The Genius Hits the Road Dedicated to You Ray Charles and Betty Carter The Genius Sings the Blues Do the Twist with Ray Charles! Soul Meeting The Genius After Hours Modern Sounds in Country and Western Music Modern Sounds in Country and Western Music, Vol. 2 Spotlight on Ray Charles Ingredients in a Recipe for Soul Sweet & Sour Tears Have a Smile with Me Together Again Crying Time Ray's Moods A Man & His Soul Invites You to Listen Portrait of Ray I'm All Yours Baby! Doing His Thing Love Country Style My Kind of Jazz The Best of Ray Charles Volcanic Action of My Soul A Message From the People Through the Eyes of Love Jazz Number II Come Live With Me Renaissance My Kind of Jazz, Part 3 True to Life Love & Peace Ain't It So Brother Ray Is at It Again Wish You Were Here Tonight Do I Ever Cross Your Mind? Friendship The Spirit of Christmas From the Pages of My Mind Just Between Us Would You Believe? My World Strong Love Affair I Wonder Who's Kissing Her Now Blues Thanks for Bringing Love Around Again Genius Loves Company|
|Other albums||Ray Charles at Newport What'd I Say Live in Concert Live in Japan Ray Charles Live The Birth of Soul Anthology Ray Sings, Basie Swings Genius & Friends|
|See also||Discography Rhythm and blues Soul music Country soul The Raelettes Ray Quincy Jones The Blues Brothers|