The Platters’ SMOKE GETS IN YOUR EYES written by Jerome Kerns was held up by his widow until publisher Max Dreyfus helped change her mind by whispering gently, “Madame, this might be a million seller.” And it was in 1959.
Ray Charles’ first hit was a soulful blend of spiritual and blues. He rewrote Jesus Is All The World To Me into I GOT A WOMAN. Later did the same with gospel favorite This Little Light of Mine. Transformed it into THIS LITTLE GIRL OF MINE. Such was the swaying, leg-twisting genius of Ray Charles who could overcome the resentment of the bible-thumpers for blaspheming a gospel song.