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12 September 2014

Ray Charles Interviewed On BBC Worldwide (2001)

In an episode of Meridian Masterpiece, a BBC Worldwide radio news program, Ray Charles talked about his life and his music. "Throughout his life he has shown great strength and has fought to get what he wants. He's a black man from a segregated town in the USA who performed in apartheid South Africa; a blind man who's created a foundation for the deaf", the BBC website announced. The program probably aired on or shortly after 12 April 2001. The 24-minute RealAudio soundfile of the program is still here.

Ray Charles At the 72nd Academy Awards Show (2000)

On March 26, 2000 Ray Charles performed brief versions of Secret Love and I Got You Under My Skin at the 72nd Annual Academy Awards Show (recorded at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles), as a participant in a Past's Original Songs Medley.
With Garth Brooks, Burt Bachrach, Dionne Warwick, Faith Hill, Isaac Hayes and Queen Latifah.

Note - Ray had started that day with his rhythm trio at Salvatore Ferragamo's fashion show in Milan. Brad Rabuchin remembers "[...] flying back to LA with him that day, we asked him about the Academy Awards show and what he was going to play. He said something like "I better think about the tunes".

See this for a bit more context.

[Warning: LQ video]:

10 September 2014

Genius Loves Company's 10th Anniversary Reissues (2014)

The 10th anniversary of the 2004 album Genius Loves Company will be celebrated with three deluxe reissues, in variant packages - one of them in (2-LP, 45RPM, 180-gram) vinyl* - and a 192/24 hi-res digital download-version. Another version is packaged with the film Ray; all packs will be including "interviews with guest artists from then and now"; and a "new expanded booklet with updated liner notes and photos".
Just as in 2004, Starbucks will take care of distribution in the U.S.

Concord/Hear Music, September - December 2014; ASIN B00MY5AKEA, B00MWZIASS, B00MY5AK1I. The pricing is at high-premium levels.

* The press release also promises the buyers of the vinyl pack a download voucher for two bonus tracks, but it's not clear if these are the known extra tracks that are part of all variants (including the 2004 pack), or if they are entirely new 'give aways'.

Promo 2014 release:

01 September 2014

Ray Charles Sings The Good Life At The 1998 MDA Telethon

This must have been the 5th time that Ray performed at Jerry Lewis yearly MDA Labor Day Telethon - its 33d edition, on September 6/7, 1998.

The Good Life (starts at 32:30):

31 August 2014

Bill Cosby & Ray Charles In Reno (1969)

Ad from Hayward Daily Review, 18 Dec.
For the week of 18 to 24 December 1969 Bill Cosby invited  Ray Charles to join him at his stint at Harrah's in Reno.
A few years later Cosby looked back on it like this:

10 June 2014

"So goodbye, old sweethearts and pals"


Untitled, wordless blues, performed at the Olympia Theater in Paris on 18 May 1962.
Ray Charles - p, voc; Sonny Forriest - guitar; Edgar Willis - bass; Bruno Carr - drums.

First released in 2013 by Body & Soul as part of the album Ray Charles - Live In Paris; Volume 2. Cartoon by Mike Peters.

06 June 2014

Rare footage of the Ray Charles Band in 1988

On June 23d, 1988 the Ray Charles Group played a private concert at CNIT La Défense, in Puteaux. To announce another - public - concert (on June 30, at the Palais des Sports in Paris), TF-2 broadcast a small reportage by Yoba Grégoire, on the 24th.

Ray Charles At La Salle Pleyel In Paris (1970)

On 1, 2 and 4 October 1970  Ray Charles gave a total of six concerts at La Salle Pleyel in Paris.* Audio recordings of two shows have survived (see below). A third concert was the subject of a 4m15s news item by Gérard Duclos, broadcast by TF 1 on 3 October, covering Ray's preparations for his walk-on (while the band played Sidewinder), a few interview fragments, plus a (partial, but quite good) performance of I've Got A Woman:

Of the late show on October 1, broadcast by radio station Europe-1, the after-intermission part has survived:
  1. Tears Inside (With Ray Charles Orchestra)
  2. The Bright Lights And You Girl
  3. Yours
  4. Georgia On My Mind
  5. Hallelujah I Love Her So
  6. The Sun Died
  7. I've Got A Woman
  8. Going Down Slow
  9. Introduction Raelettes (with a few notes of Booty Butt)
  10. Finders Keepers, Losers Weepers
  11. Show Me The Sunshine
  12. Eleanor Rigby
  13. Indian Love Call (ft Susaye Greene)
  14. What'd I Say
  15. Finale
It's a bit suspect that I Can't Stop Loving You is not on this list; it may have been edited out by Europe-1. Show Me The Sunshine (#11) got an okay, somewhat de-countryfied, treatment. So far, I only knew the song from the 1970 album Love Country Style.
But the real spice was at the beginning. Ray and the Orchestra performed a splendid, up tempo version of Tears Inside (#1) with an amazing trumpet battle between (at least, that's how it sounds to me) Blue Mitchell and Johnny Coles. This is first known recording of this Ornette Coleman composition by the Ray Charles band**.
Except for this tune (and maybe also for a little more than a minute of the Finale, where Brother Ray rendered some amazing falsetto scattin' &  whoopin'), the concert was a rather uninspired routine performance.

There's a second, incomplete, copy of the 7:30 p.m.-show on the 2nd (also aired by Europe-1):
  1. Doot Doot Dow (with Ray Charles Orchestra) (solo Ray Charles - as)
  2. Hallelujah I Love Her So
  3. Yours
  4. Georgia On My Mind
  5. Marie
  6. The Sun Died
  7. I've Got A Woman
  8. Yesterday
  9. Booty Butt (fragment) (with Ray Charles Orchestra)
  10. Intro Raelettes
  11. My Bonnie (solo Andy Ennis - ts)
  12. Don't Change On Me
  13. I Can't Stop Loving You (partial)
  14. ... [What'd I Say surely missing]
For a big part of the concert the orchestra sounded as if everyone was in a hurry. On a few tunes the sound of the band was dominated by the "Staxy" Hammond sounds of Truman Thomas.

Georgia (#4) was rendered in the old 'flute arrangement'. The version of Yours (#3), from the I'm All Yours album (1968), is the earliest known live performance of this tune.
The Genius took all time necessary for a magnificent rendition of The Sun Died (#6). Just as in the audio embedded above, Truman's organ playing provoked Charles to give I've Got A Woman (#7) an original, fast and driven, performance; in this version he even sang in an 'unknown tongue' at the end of the tune.
Regrettably, Ray decided to interrupt the instrumental Booty Butt (#9, a contemporary hit single in the U.S.) soon after the intro.

Musicians: Johnny Coles, Bill King, Blue Mitchell - trumpets; Glenn Childress, Henry Coker, Fred Murrell, Joe Randazzo - trombones; Jay Cloyd Miller, Curtis Peagler - alto saxophones; Andy Ennis, David Newman - tenor saxophones; Leroy Cooper - baritone saxophone, band leader; Ernie Elly - drums; Ben Martin - guitar; Edgar Willis- bass; Truman Thomas - organ. The Raelettes: Susaye Greene, Mable John, Vernita Moss, Estella Yarbrough.

*This post replaces two earlier articles on the radio-broadcast concerts. **The tune was alsotaped the next year at two concerts in Paris, and one in Torino.

11 April 2014

Johnny Farnham And Ray Charles At The Crown Casino (1997)

Australian pop singer John Farnham (a.k.a. 'Jack') has always had  a healthy taste for the more pompous soul classics (and for comebacks). On May 8th, 1997 he performed at the opening of the Crown Casino in Melbourne. At the same occasion the venue also dedicated a bar ('Jack's Bar') to John. I guess that Ray Charles guested on this same night.
Two songs (from a house video recording?) were submitted to YouTube, but there may be more.

Backing vocals: Lindsay Field, Joe Creighton and Lisa Edwards.


I Can't Stop Loving You (also with Kylie Minogue and Anthony Warlow):

10 April 2014

Potential youth delinquents dancing to Ray Charles' What'd I Say (1961)

Potential youth delinquents in San Francisco, dancing to What'd I Say, in Ask Me, Don't Tell Me, a 'PSA' produced for Youth For Service (1961):