|From c. 1963 souvenir program.|
|Sinatra at recording session of Ray, or the other way around? Clipping from Billboard, April 27, 1963.|
|With Nancy Wilson and George Shearing, from c. 1963 souvenir program.|
|The company plane, from Ebony, April 1963.|
|With Jackie Knight, early 1960s.|
|Mae Saunders, from 1965 article in Jet magazine.|
|Photo by Howard Morehead.|
|With Marty Paich and Joe Adams.|
|With Margie Hendricks in studio.|
|From Philadelphia Tribune archives. Ray Charles with Mattie Singer and Georgie Woods of ABC; the photo has a date stamp with "January 18, 1963.|
|Photo probably taken during rehearsals.|
|Photo surely taken during rehearsals (Joe Adams clearly stepped into the frame by accident). Ray's sax solo didn't make it to the show.|
|David Newman on flute, and the Band within a Band, probably shot at taping of the Dinah Shore Show (from a c 1964 souvenir program).|
|From c. 1963 souvenir program; Many of these photos do not represent sequences from the the TV show, but were specially staged for publicity purposes..|
24 February 1963
"Premiere Tribute" dance at Palladium Ballroom, Los Angeles; honoring Ray Charles and Nancy Wilson, spotlighting "the sizzling saxophone of Hank Crawford along with his own orchestra" and the Gerald Wilson Big Band; honorees' "arrival will be announced through a public sound system".
23 March 1963
The Tri - State Defender (Memphis) reports: "Hank Crawford, who plays alto sax with Ray Charles' combo was in town "on a break to get a rest." He is stopping with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Bennie Crawford, Sr., 2426 Hunter ave. Many will remember Hank when he was a student, playing in Manassas high school band. He also played an alto sax when he was a student at Tennessee State A&I university. Hank comes from a
musically inclined family. Two of his sisters play the piano and a brother plays the bass. Hank joined Ray Charles in 1958. Another Memphis boy, James Harbert, also plays in Ray Charles' band."
27 March - May 5 1963
30 dates for spring tour in U.S. booked by Hal Zeigler.
Around this time in April 1963
The New Pittsburgh Courier (Apr. 6) wrote: "Pittsburgh's bassist, Edgar Willis, is leading the Ray Charles crew through torrid rehearsal sessions at the Sutherland Hotel [in Chicago], for the April 5 and 7 gigs at Chicago's Arie Crown Theatre at McCormick Place."
Music Hall, Cleveland (gross $23,263).
10 April 1963
Municipal Auditorium, Austin.
11 April 1963
"7,500 wildly cheering fans" at Memorial Auditorium in Dallas.
18 April 1963
Ft. in Dutch Pop Magazine Rooster (air date). See this.
Around 21 April 1963
Two shows at O'Keefe Center, Toronto (gross $21,945).
Unidentified gig (see photos).
|Ray Charles Orchestra at unidentified concert. (c) Rex Features.|
|Ray Charles back stage at unidentified venue. (c) Rex features.|
Announcement ad by Shaw Artist Corporation for an 8-week Euro Tour, starting on this date, but actually taking place between May 7 and first or second week of June.
|Ray Charles and Edgar Willis at unidentified concert. (c) Rex Features.|
|Ad in a May 1963 edition of Billboard.|
1 May 1963
2 May 1963
3 May 1963
Baltimore (gross $21,500).
4 May 1963
Two shows at Donnelly Memorial Theatre, Boston (gross 28G).
5 May 1963
Double concert at Forum in Montreal.
Photo Gamma, poss. taken at this location.
Arrival and press conference at Orly Airport, Paris.
Photos above without location or further provenance, but prob. shot in France; all dated c. 1963.
Interviewed at Orly Airport, in Paris at arrival in Europe; see this.
|From an INA news reel.|
|Ray Charles and The Raelettes (Gwen Berry, Margie Hendricks, Pat Moseley Lyles, Darlene McCrea) welcomed at Orly Airport on 5 May 1963 by The Exciters (Herb Rooney, Brenda Reid, Carol Johnson, Lillian Walker, Penny Carter). Photo by Paul Popper.|
|This picture was probably taken in Antwerp.|
|Jean King, who sang two tunes accompanied by Ray, got a very good review in Jazz Magazine.|
|Julian Priester, trombone.|
|Leroy Cooper, bariton sax.|
|Phil Guilbeau (trumpet) and Hank Crawford (alto sax).|
|Phil Guilbeau (trumpet).|
|Interview photos by Nico van der Stam.|
|Edgar Willis (bass) and Ray Charles, in Amsterdam.|
|Also from the Amsterdam concert. Photo by Charles Vlek.|
|Photos by Wim van der Linden (Jan Cremer collection).|
Houtrusthallen in The Hague, and the (Nieuwe) RAI in Amsterdam (with Jean Johnson as opening act). The concert in Amsterdam was interrupted by the police. Read this and this. (“Three months later they'd be back in Holland again, now for a concert at the Kurhaus in Scheveningen” - unconfirmed, BS). The announced line-up in a local newspaper was incorrect (cf. this for the correct personnel).
Photo taken by Paul Popper, surely somewhere in the UK. But who's that girl?
That same night British debut before 3,200 fans at the Finsbury Park Astoria, London; plays a.o. One Mint Julep, I've Got A Woman, Born To Lose, Careless Love, I Can't Stop Loving You, You Are My Sunshine, Without A Song, My Baby, Hallelujah I Love Her So, Hide Nor Hair, Don't Set Me Free, What'd I Say (a 2nd concert night there on the 13th).
Jack Cooke saw a few concerts and wrote (Ray Charles: In Person, in: Jazz Monthly, July 1963) about the instrumentals he listened to; no recordings have survived from the tunes with an asterisk:
- Visa* (Charlie Parker) - band opening (alternating with Ray Minor Ray); solos: Julian Priester - tb; James Clay - ts; Leroy Cooper - bs.
- Ray Minor Ray (Ray Charles); solos: Oliver Beener, Phil Guibeau - tp.
- Along Came Betty (Benny Golson); solo: John Hunt - tp.
- Save Your Love For Me* (written by Buddy Johnson; known from Crawford's 1964 album True Blue, Atlantic 1423); played by "The original Ray Charles small band"; solo: Hank Crawford - as.
- Dat Dere (Bobby Timmon); played by "The original Ray Charles small band"; solo: Hank Crawford - as.
- All The Things You Are*; solo: Favid Newman - ts.
- Solitude*; solo: Leroy Cooper - bs.
- I Remember Clifford; solo: John Hunt - tp.
- My Funny Valentine*; solo: Phil Guilbeau - tp.
After the intermission Ray played his piano during , Mr C*, Let's Go and Moanin'.
|With Raita Johnson, probably during these days in London.|
|Unidentified occasion and source, (London?) c. 1963.|
|Backstage with trumpeter Wallace Davenport. Photo by Val Wilmer.|
|Hank Craweord, backstage at the Finsbury Park Astoria. Photo by Val Wilmer.|
|With Annick Sauvrezy.|
|Wallace Davenport, Ray Charles, Vic Ash at one of 1963 Olympia concerts.|
|Read this for the story about this photo.|
|With Frank Pourcel, backstage at Olympia.|
|At City Hall in Paris to receive "un diplôme et une médaille d'argent", from city council chairman Pierre-Christian Taittinger.|
Between 29 and 31 May 1963
Palais des Sports, Marseille.
From Marseille Magazine, 15 June 1963; photos by G. Ganteaume. (courtesy of André Monnot).
1 and 2 June 1963
|Spread in Billboard of June 15, signed by Shaw Artists.|
|Ad from Harald Statesman, Jun. 21 - after several 2-column ads, this concert obviously needed some extra exposure.|
|Ad in New York Amsterdam News of 29 (!) June.|
3 July 1963
7 July 1963
|From New York Amsterdam News, Jul. 27, 1963.|
|Ad from Chicago Defender, Jul. 13, as collected by Franz Hoffmann, in: Jazz Advertised.|
All stars except The Flamingos and Bill Murray were signed by Tangerine Records.
|Ad from Hartford Courant, 21 Jul.|
28 July 1963
Music Barn, Berkshire, Lenox.
|Ad in New York Amsterdam News from Aug.3, 1963.|
|Ad in New York Amsterdam News, Jul. 27, 1963.|
|Ad in New York Amsterdam News, Jun. 22, 1963.|
"Performers who appeared were Ray Charles and his band, featuring the Raelettes (it was during Mr. Charles' performance that everyone thought the stage should have broken down, so carried away were those on stage), Nina Simone, whose tremendous artistry brought the entire stadium to absolute stillness.
|Earlier announement in New York Amsterdam News of 13 July; Bennett and Fisher eventually did not pariticipate, but Bennett would headline a benefit later that year, in New York.|
On this day or on the 12th: "At the afterhours Bop City, jazz jam sessions featured the Montgomery Brothers and members of the Ray Charles orchestra, especially David (Fathead) Newman" (cf. this).
Long Beach Arena.
12 August 1963
|Opening Clemson University's Homecoming festivites [in October?]. From Clemson TAPS yearbook.|
High School Gym, Ackley.
Civic Coliseum, Knoxville (6,854 payees, gross of $18,250).
15 October 1963
Memorial Coliseum, Greensboro.
17 October 1963
City Auditorium, Atlanta ("America's No. 1 troubadour", "everybody's favorite", "appeared [with Raelettes] on television [... including] Ed Sullivan Show, Dinah Shore Show, Frank Sinatra Show and Arthur Godfrey and many others").
18 October 1963
Municipal Arena, Norfolk.
22 October 1963
|From Augusta Chronicle, 13 Oct. 1963|
|Full page ABC ad in Billboard, Dec. 14, 1963.|
|Ad from Boston Globe, 20 Oct.|
Township Auditorium, Columbia (SC).
13 November 1963
15 November 1963
Montclair State College (Panzer Building), Montclair.
|Promotion postcard, possibly from earlier date.|
|Ray Charles with alto sax at the Flamingo Hotel, on December 20. Undated photos below also shot in Vegas, probably also at the Flamingo.|
|1963 song book published by Progressive Music.|
|Photo taken at recording session, possibly in '63.|
|From Billboard, Dec. 28.|
|Spread from Rock and Roll Songs Magazine (USA), Vol. 9 No. 36, April 1964 USA with article about people 'behind' Ray Charles, depicting Gerald Wilson, Quincy Jones and some band members, and specifying a 1963 line-up of the band.|