|This picture might be from 1955.|
Guitar Shorty (David Kearny, b. 1939) remembering how he was hired by Ray Charles when he was only 15 (interview by KJazz 88.1 FM, 2013).
1 January 1955
8 January 1955
|2/1 page ad from Billboard, January 29.|
|From Atlanta Daily World, Jan. 12.|
Magnolia Ballroom, Atlanta ("limited to under 22-age groups"); with Eddie Whitchead and his Orchestra.
City Armory, Danville; with The Charms and Lowell Fulson.
|From Danville Bee Jan.17.|
At the Guilford Tobacco Warehouse in Greensboro, with Lowell Fulson, and The Charms.
|Ad in Greensboro Daily News.|
3 February 1955
With Lowell Fulson and The Charms at Petite Ballroom in Norfolk.
13 February 1955
"Jam With Sam" dance (held by WGES DJ Sam Evans) at the Madison Rink; others on the bill were The KoolGents, The Moroccos, the Daps, The Diablos, Lou Mac, and Eddie Johnson's Orchestra.
Mid April 1955
18 - c 24 April 1955
The (open air) Palm club in Hallandale had a record week "when the headliner was Ray Charles, supported by Faye Adams. The Atlantic artist drew close to 10,000 people [per night] for his stint"; see this.
23 April 1955
26 April 1955
City Auditorium, Atlanta; with Ruth Brown, The Midnighters, Lowell Fulson, Arnett Cobb and Band, J.J. Jones and Band, Glenn Covington, Hortense Allen Dancers.
|From Atlanta Daily World, Apr. 24.|
27 April 1955
Avondale High School in Atlanta ("a precedent-shattering event when the blues-singing, piano-playing maestro plays [...] the first time that a 'name' attraction has played the facility").
1 May 1955
Labor Union Hall, New Orleans (with Fats Domino headlining).
Then a tour of one-nighters, a.o. at City Auditorium in
23 May 1955
24 May 1955
Woodlake Country Club, San Antonio ("double attraction" with James Moody).
25 May 1955
|Billboard, Jun. 11 and 26, 1955.|
Early July 1955
1-week gig at Week's Tavern in Norfolk.
2 July 1955
Sewickley Legion, Pittsburgh.
18 July 1955
20 July 1955
Rainbow Ballroom, Welton.
3 to 8 or 9 August 1955
|Ad from Chicago Defender, Jul. 23, as collected by Franz Hoffmann, in: Jazz Advertised.|
4 September 1955
Midnight to dawn dance at City Auditorium in Atlanta; with The Ravens, Anett Cobb, Chris Powell and Roy Brown.
1 October 1955
Rockland Palace, New York with The Moonglows, The Cadillacs, The New Yorkers, The Five Crowns, Charlie and Ray, and Delores Ware. For WOV radio and promotor Thurman Ruth, read this.
17 November 1955
It turns out that DJ/MC Kae Willis had the band's dressing room raided:
"On November 17, Kae Williams had the Sensations open up for Ray Charles at Philadelphia’s Town Hall. The band was to be Rollie McGill and his Whippoorwills, riding high with their 1955 hit, “There Goes That Train”. Rollie had first recorded the song for Herman Gillespie’s Piney label but it soon found its way to Mercury. Rollie found his way to Kae William’s management.
18 November 1955
21 December 1955
Grand Palladium Ballroom, San Diego.
|Ad in Aztec.|
23 – 25 December 1955
31 December 1955
|Atlantic Thank You-ad in Billboard, Nov. 12, 1955.|
|Ad (cut off at sides) from 1955, probably from Billboard.|
|Contract (detail) to Appear between Shaw Artists and a booker in Kansas, dated July 15, 1955. Ray was to be paid about $100.00 per show.|