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Is Ray Charles versiom of "Hit the Road Jack" a rip-off?

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Hello everyone,,

Egyptian musician Mohammad Abdel Wahab wrote a song called Ya Alby Ya Khali, which was first performed by Abdel Halim Hafez in 1957. The intro sounds very similar toRay Charles version of Hit the Road Jack, released mobdro lucky patcher kodi in 1961. Does anyone more about this, if Ray had a history of borrowing melodies from other musicians, if he was a lover of Egyptian music, or if they're both taking the melody from another song?

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