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13 May 2010

Ray Charles In The Switched-on Symphony (1970)

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NBC on 14 March 1970 aired a special tv show, entitled The Switched-on Symphony. The artists played with the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by Zubin Mehta. Ray performed Yesterday.
The other performers were Jethro Tull, Santana, The Nice, Bobby Sherman, Jerry Goodman, the Los Angeles Master Chorale, Christopher Parkening, João Carlos Martins, and Pinchas Zukerman.

The show was sponsored by Bell/AT&T. It had a three-day shooting schedule. Conceived by Pierre Cossette, and was produced by Jack Good. For a funny making of-story see here.

The uploader of this clip says that the show is from 1969. That could be the copyright date or, maybe, the actual year the show was shot.


Clipping from the Washington Afro-American, 10 March 1970.

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