American singer, pianist and songwriter Ray Charles performs in concert. Hulton Archive/Getty Images hide caption

toggle caption Hulton Archive/Getty Images

The NPR 100

'What'd I Say'

Long after he first improvised it on stage, Ray Charles still used his trademark song as an encore.

Listen Loading…
  • Playlist
  • Download
  • Embed
    <iframe src="http://www.npr.org/player/embed/1070667/18713446" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">

Composer Richard Rodgers in London for the opening of 'The Boys From Syracuse'. Ted West/Getty Images hide caption

toggle caption Ted West/Getty Images

The NPR 100

'My Funny Valentine'

The Rodgers and Hart tune is a perennial February favorite — but it's not exactly a love song.

Listen Loading…
  • Playlist
  • Download
  • Embed
    <iframe src="http://www.npr.org/player/embed/1070341/18713889" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">

NPR thanks our sponsors

Become an NPR sponsor