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30 March 2010

Ray Charles In The Best On Record (9th Grammys, 1967)

Prior to the first live Grammys telecast in 1971 on ABC (CBS bought the rights in 1973 after moving the ceremony to Nashville, Tennessee; the American Music Awards were created for ABC as a result), a series of taped annual specials in the 1960s called The Best on Record were broadcast on NBC. Ray was a regular winner in these years.
Crying Time won two Grammys in the 9th edition (1967): for Best R&B Recording and Best R&B Solo Vocal Performance, Male.
The Best On Record, aired on March 3d 1967, was directed by Bill Foster. For the story on the perilous production of the show, read this. For the line-up see this article. Behind the scenes photos here.
As far as I know, nothing of the show has survived.

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