It was also accompanied by his longtime saxophonist, David "Fathead" Newman and other members of Charles' band. The song reached #9 on the pop singles chart and number one on the R&B singles chart and was the working title of Charles' 2004 biopic Ray.
In 1963, doo-wop band The Rivingtons covered "Unchain My Heart" on their Doin' The Bird LP. The track was further popularised by Joe Cocker when he named his 1987 album after the song. His version of the song was re-released in 1992 and reached #17 in the UK. Another a cappella group, The Bobs recorded a version in 1994. Also, the Australian government used the Joe Cocker version - illegally - to promote the introduction of the Goods and Services Tax (GST) in 2000.