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23 June 2010

Ray Charles As A Cameo Guest At Soul Train Christmas Starfest (2002)

On 14 December 2002 (season 32, 14th show), Ray Charles appeared as a "celebrity cameo guest" on the 5th Annual Soul Train Christmas Starfest, taped at the Santa Monica Civic Auditorium. The show was hosted by Arsenio Hall, and directed by Michael Simon.
Musical performances by Yolanda Adams, Mary J. Blige, Peabo Bryson, Karen Clark-Sheard, Natalie Cole, Kenneth "Babyface" Edmonds, Kirk Franklin, Dru Hill, James Ingram, Kenny G, Chaka Khan, Patti LaBelle, Kenny Lattimore, Donald Lawrence, Kenny Loggins, Johnny Mathis, Brian McKnight, and Lou Rawls!
Soul Train was an American musical variety show that aired in syndication from October 1971 to March 2006. It featured performances by R&B, soul, and hip hop artists, although funk, jazz, and gospel artists have also appeared. The show's opening sequence (during later seasons) contains a claim that it was the "longest-running, first-run, nationally-syndicated program in television history," with over 1,100 episodes produced from the show's debut. The series and its many extensions, like the Christmas Starfest, were created by Don Cornelius, who also served as its first host and executive producer.

Who knows if any of the show's footage with Ray has survived?

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