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27 February 2010

Ray Charles In Concert (Miami, 1999)

  1. Baby Please Don't Go 02:07
  2. I've Got A Woman 03:20
  3. A Song For You 07:36
  4. It Hurts To Be In Love 13:24
  5. Georgia On My Mind 17:52
  6. The Good Life 23:20
  7. Your Cheating Heart 25:57
  8. They Can't Take That Away From Me 30:29
  9. It Had To Be You (with Diane Schuur) 38:24
  10. You'd Be So Nice To Come Home To (with Diane Schuur) 43:05
  11. Till There Was You 48:16
  12. Say No More 52:06
  13. Blues For Big Scotia 57:04
  14. If You Go Away 61:07
  15. All I Ever Need Is You 67:35
  16. Love In Three Quarter Time 72:01
  17. America The Beautiful 75:05
  18. Outro 81:15 
Ray Charles - In Concert was a benefit for the Miami Lighthouse for the Blind at the James L. Knight Center. Diane Schuur's  contributions to songs # 9 and #10 were brilliant.
Ray was accompanied by a large symphony orchestra, his own rhythm section (Brad Rabuchin - guitar; Tom Fowler - bass; Peter Turre - drums) plus lead trumpet Roger Ingram, Steve Sigmund (tb) and Dante Luciani (tb); and Victor Vanacore (musical director). Sigmund was responsible for providing Ray with the PC88 because his own keyboard did not arrive from LA.
Brazilian CD (s.a.).

Produced, recorded and aired by WPBT Channel 2. The first air date (by PBS/WNET/Ch. 13) I found was 8 August 1999 (cf. this review). With some nice documentary footage of arrival, stage preparations, repetitions, etc.

DVD: Image Entertainment B000059H8R, 2001 (1999).
The track of It Had To Be You was also released on Diane's album Friends For Schuur (Concord, 2000).
In Brazil the concert was released as a CD by USA Records (300.045); tracks #1 and #18 were left out.

Integral concert:

It Had To Be You (with Diane Schuur):
You'd Be So Nice To Come Home To (with Diane Schuur):


  1. Trying very hard to get "The Good Life" recording by Ray Charles. Or, get the video of the 1999 Miami Concert. Any advice? It's a great site you have. thanks,


  2. For the (soundtrack) album, see - it's hard to get, even second hand (but always check Ebay).

    The video/DVD concerts are frequently for sale on Ebay.