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02 May 2010

Ray Charles Ft. In Jee Bee & Les Cybernanas (2000)

On 23 December 2000 Ray Charles was a guest at Jee Bee & Les Cybernanas, a France Inter radio show hosted by Jean-Baptiste Tuzet (Ina archives, ID 1217408; DL R 20001223 FIT 12). The published alibi was to celebrate Ray's 70th birthday, his 50th anniversary in show business, and his 40 years of shows at L'Olympia (actually his first show there was in 1962). Obviously (see clips), the show was also documented on video.
The other guests were Touré Kunda, Trio Esperança, Pierre Papadiamandis, David, Maud Lobstein, and Natacha Gérardin. Most or all of them sang Ray Charles tunes. Ray sang a brief samba version of Georgia On My Mind with Trio Esperança, and solo'ed on Gee, Baby, Ain't I Good To You.
The old man was also treated to a Happy Birthday by Maud Lobstein and Natacha Gérardin. More photos are here. The Ina database description also mentions Charles Aznavour as a (talking?) guest.

This is something of a compilation (be it a strangely twisted one):

Partial clip from show:

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