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31 March 2010

Ray Charles In The Man They Call Genius (1964)

From Record Mirror, Aug. 1, 1964.
Review in Variety, Sep. 16, 1964.
The Man They Call Genius was an ARTV show (UK), taped on 20 July 1964 at Fairfield Halls in Croydon, London, directed by Robert Fleming, and televised on 26 August: "A special on the inimitable Ray Charles [...] with many famous guests from the world of pop in the studio audience" (source: SixtiesCity).
Associated-Rediffusion (ARTV) was the British ITV contractor for London and parts of the surrounding counties, on weekdays between 1954 and 29 July 1968. In 1964 the directors had a change of heart, rebranding the station as "Rediffusion, London", with a very hip 1960s style, the face of swinging London in the shiny prosperous new Britain.

The footage of the show is probably gone forever.

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