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31 March 2010

Ray Charles In Fifty Years Of Country Music (1978)

50 Years Of Country Music was filmed at the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville, directed by Walter C. Miller, and aired on 22 January 1978. The show was hosted by Glen Campbell, Roy Clark and Dolly Parton. Guests: Johnny Cash, Ray Charles, Loretta Lynn, The Carter Family, Crystal Gayle, Merle Haggard, Minnie Pearl, Mel Tillis, Ernest Tubb, Kitty Wells, Tammy Wynette, Roy Acuff, Doug Kershaw, The Statler Brothers, and Chet Atkins.
It was in fact the first of three shows under the same title. In the second one Loretta Lynn, Larry Gatlin, Merle Haggard and Bob Wills were introduced by Dolly Parton. In the last one Roy Clark hosted; guests were Glen Campbell, Johnny Cash, Dolly Parton and Charlie Rich. Source here.

Ray performed:
  • Take These Chains From My Heart
  • Bye Bye Love (with Glen Campbell)
Source: Jazz On The Screen, a database compiled by David Seeker (Library of Congress). The Swedish Media Database holds a Betacam copy of the show.

DVD: Country's Greatest Stars Live. Shout! Factory, 26 January 2010.

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