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24 July 2010

Ray Charles At The Variety Club Telethon On BCTV (1993, 1997, 1998)

Ray Charles performed  (at least) three (but probably four) times for the The Variety Club Telethon, a successful yearly fundraising event organized by the Vancouver station BCTV (now called Global BC).

The first time was in February 1993.
On the photo, f.l.t.r.: Jim Byrnes on guitar, Daryl Bennet on drums, Brian Newcombe on fretless bass.

The second time was on 1 March 1997.
On 1 March 1997 Ray again guested at the Variety Club Telethon. Backstage, after his performance, he was kissed on the head by Chuck Berry. Photo here.

The third time was in February 1998 at The Q.E. Theater in Vancouver BC.
The band members were Dane Deviller, Phil Robertson and Brian Newcombe. The latter wrote on his website: "I've had the honor of backing up Ray four times on this show!"

Update February 10, 2018:
The third photo, if dated correctly in 1994, could be from the missing fourth show.
 Ray Charles, BCTV's Norm Grohmann
and BC Bowls For Kids' Jessica Dyck.

If I Could, from the third show:

It Had To Be You, from the third show:

Who knows more about the contents of the first two shows?

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