Let's Go Get Stoned (R&B song)

"Let's Go Get Stoned" is a song originally recorded by The Coasters in May 1965 and by Ronnie Milsap in 1965.[1] It was written by Nickolas Ashford, Valerie Simpson, and Josephine Armstead.

"Let's Go Get Stoned"
Single by Ray Charles
from the album Crying Time
B-side "The Train"
Released 1966
Genre R&B
Length 2:57
Label ABC
Songwriter(s) Nickolas Ashford, Valerie Simpson, Josephine Armstead
Producer(s) Joe Adams
Ray Charles singles chronology
"Together Again"
"Let's Go Get Stoned"
"I Don't Need No Doctor"

"Together Again"
"Let's Go Get Stoned"
"I Don't Need No Doctor"

It was a 1966 #1 R&B hit for American recording artist Ray Charles.[2] The single was released shortly after Charles was released from rehab after a 16-year heroin addiction. Charles heard a 1965 recording of the song by future country music legend Ronnie Milsap who was an unknown R&B artist at the time on Scepter Records. According to Milsap, Charles liked his version of the song so much that he decided to record it himself. It is notable for being one of Ashford & Simpson's first successful compositions together; the duo also penned Charles' "I Don't Need No Doctor".[3] An unusual feature of the recording is that it closes with the sound of the "NBC chimes".

Other notable covers

  • Manfred Mann recorded the song on their #1 British EP No Living Without Loving, which topped the EP charts in December 1965.
  • The Amboy Dukes recorded a cover for their 1967 eponymous album[4]
  • James Brown released a recording of the song as a single.[5]
  • Booker T & The MGs recorded the song on their 1968 album Doin' Our Thing.
  • Big Mama Thornton recorded the song for her 1969 album Stronger Than Dirt..[6]
  • Joe Cocker covered the song several times live, most notably at Woodstock Festival in 1969.
  • The Derek Trucks Band has performed the song at live concerts.
  • Billy Preston recorded the song on his Live European Tour album, released in 1974
  • Lowell Fulson recorded the song under the name Lowell Fulsom for his 1968 album Now.
  • Bonnie Bramlett recorded the song on the album Lady's Choice Capricorn Records (1976)
  • Atlanta Rhythm Section recorded a cover on the album Underdog
  • Ronnie Milsap recorded it 1965 as a single and is rumored to be the original.

Chart positions

Chart (1966) Peak
U.S. Billboard Hot 100 31
U.S. Billboard Hot R&B Singles 1


  1. "Recording: Let's Go Get Stoned". Second Hand Songs. 18 February 2011. Retrieved 14 June 2011.
  2. Whitburn, Joel (2004). Top R&B/Hip-Hop Singles: 1942-2004. Record Research. p. 113.
  3. Ray Charles, "I Don't Need No Doctor" Retrieved 12, 2012.
  4. Joe Viglione. "The Amboy Dukes - The Amboy Dukes | Songs, Reviews, Credits". AllMusic. Retrieved 2016-07-26.
  5. James Brown, Fine Old Foxy Self Retrieved February 12, 2012.
  6. Michael Spörke. "Big Mama Thornton: The Life and Music". Mcfarlandbooks.com. Retrieved 2015-10-07.

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