In an Atlanta studio in late 1954, Ray Charles set the blueprint for the offshoot of R'n'B music which would become known as Soul (after Charles' later hit, What'd I Say).
Ray was on the road with his band and listening to the radio when he heard a gospel hymn called "Jesus Is All The World To Me". Using this as a starting point, he and trumpeter Renald Richard penned the song by changing the lyrics and using a jazzy rhythm and blues beat. The result was to become iconic.
It hit #1, Ray's first, in January of '55. It was the first of many. Rolling Stone ranked it #235 on its list of the 500 Greatest Songs Of All Time. Enjoy.