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22 August 2010

Ray Charles Is In Town - Chronology 1963


Photos from 1963 UK souvenir brochure; probably shot in U.S.
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.











Getty Images above without further provenance; all dated circa 1963.


1963
(c) Rex Features.
Born: Sheila Raye Charles Robinson (to Sandra Jean Betts).
Recognizes Raenee (daughter with NYC girl friend Mae Saunders).
Mae Saunders, from 1965 article in Jet magazine.
Feelin' Sad peaks at #113 on Pop Chart, Busted at #4 on Pop and #3 on R&B, Take These Chains From My Heart at #8 on Pop and #7 on R&B, Don't Set Me Free at #20 on Pop and #9 on R&B, No One at #21 on Pop and #9 on R&B, Without Love (There Is Nothing) at #29 on Pop and #15 on R&B, The Brightest Smile In Town at #92 on Pop.
Ingredients In A Recipe For Soul peaks at #2 on Pop Album Chart.
Photo by Howard Morehead.
With Marty Paich and Joe Adams.
With Margie Hendricks in studio. 

With Hank Crawford.
With valet Duke Wade.
With Sid Feller and Gerald Wilson (photos by Howard Morehead, Ebony, Apr. 1963).

January 1963
Release of album Jimmy Scott - Falling In Love Is Wonderful by Tangerine, and of the single Carrying That Load / Feelin' Sad.
From Philadelphia Tribune archives. Ray Charles with Mattie Singer and Georgie Woods of ABC; the photo has a date stamp with "January 18, 1963.

1 January 1963
Hollywood Palladium, Los Angeles.

3 January 1963
Recording session, taping new singles ("without strings"; cf. this; and also Chronology 3 December 1962).

20 January 1963
Dinah Shore Show at NBC Studio in LA, for $15, 000. At the end all guests sing Zip-a-Dee-Doo-Dah; Dinah puts hand on Ray's shoulder ("a sight Klansman hate to see", writes the Philadelphia Tribune). See this.
Photos by Howard Morehead, for Ebony.
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..

End of January into March 1963
The band goes on vacation; Ray stays in LA.

February 1963
Raelettes gig-without-Ray at Apollo?
Release of the single Don't Set Me Free / The Brightest Smile In Town.

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".

March 1963
Release of the single Take These Chains from My Heart / No Letter Today.
Trade ad.

Late (?) March 1963
Binstrub's Club books Tony Bennet and Ray Charles for a concert in Boston.

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.

29 March 1963
Civic Arena, Pittsburgh.
*Not impossible, but improbable that this and the following gig took place on 1 day. Reproductions of the St. Louis poster are widely sold on the Web, but is it a forgery?*
Kiel Opera House, St. Louis (also see this).

30 March 1963
Private Function, Louisville.
City Auditorium, Omaha.

31 March 1963
Private Function, Cleveland.
Kansas City, Music Hall.

April 1963
A series of one-night stands in the East in April.

1 April 1963
Private Function, Detroit.

2 April 1963
Sold-out crowd at the Kiel Auditorium in St. Louis.
At Orpheum in Madison. The band played Stardust and Jazz Samba; "Both the youthful audience and the chanting Charles had a ball after the big band had its turn", the Wisconsin State Journal wrote on April 3.

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."

5 and 7 April 1963
 Arie Crown Theatre at McCormick Place, Chicago (gross $36,613).

6 April 1963
Music Hall, Cleveland (gross $23,263).

10 April 1963
Municipal Auditorium, Austin.

11 April 1963
McMahon Memorial Auditorium, Lawton (High School Field House); "The quartet [of Raelettes], after intermission, took their places on the bandstand with boxes of popcorn".
From Lawton Constitution, 5 Apr.

13 April 1963
Joe Freeman Coliseum, San Antonio.
Ad from San Antonio Light, 5 Apr.

15 April 1963
"7,500 wildly cheering fans" at Memorial Auditorium in Dallas.

18 April 1963
Municipal Auditorium, Nashville.

19 April 1963
Masonic Temple, Detroit (gross $19,907).
Ft. in Dutch Pop Magazine Rooster (air date). See this.

20 April 1963
Syria Mosque, Pittsburgh (gross $16,271).

Around 21 April 1963
Two shows at O'Keefe Center, Toronto (gross $21,945).

24 April 1963
C.Y.C. Scranton, Penna.

25 April 1963
Integrated show at Municipal Auditorium, Nashville (8,500 in audience, gross $20,000)."white and colored patrons alike rose to give the blind entertainer a standing ovation". Read this.

27 April 1963
Bushnell, Hartford.

28 April 1963
Carnegie Hall afternoon and evening show, S.R.O. (gross 24G; Billboard: "a very exciting half hour of big band sound", and then "Mr. Genius himself [...] was in top form" and "at top of his gifts").

29 April 1963
Unidentified gig (see photos).
Ray Charles Orchestra at unidentified concert. (c) Rex Features.
Ray Charles back stage at unidentified venue. (c) Rex features.
May 1963
Release of the single No One / Without Love (There Is Nothing).
Ray Charles and Edgar Willis at unidentified concert. (c) Rex Features.
Ad in a May 1963 edition of Billboard.

1 May 1963
RKO Keith's, Syracuse; read this:
"The audience was sparse. Bitter cold had kept people away. But the great Ray Charles didn't seem to care. He sang his heart out. Turned that hall into the warmest place for miles around."
Ad from Syracuse Post Standard, 14 Apr.


 2 May 1963

Auditorium, Ottawa.

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.

7 May 1963



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.

8 May 1963
Star Club in Hamburg ("So flog [...] der blinde Jazzposaunist Ray Charles mit 16 Musikern im eigenen Flugzeug nach Hamburg, um für zwei Stunden im Star-Club 60.000 Mark zu kassieren. Der Eintritt betrug 20 Mark"; read this).
Backstage at Star Club in Hamburg, with Horst Fascher, left (1962 or 1963).

9 May 1963
Palais des Beaux Arts in Brussels.

10 May 1963
Koningin Elizabethzaal, Antwerp.
The concert was reviewed in Jazz Magazine of June 1963. Photographer Jean-Pierre Leloir didn't get permission to shoot anything during the concert.
This picture was probably taken in Antwerp.
The pics belows may be photos from earlier dates.
The Raelettes.
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).
Wallace Davenport.

11 May 1963
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).

12 - 13 May 1963
Flies in at Gatwick Airport on 12th to begin his first British tour; interviewed by BBC at airport (see this).

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).

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. 
Margie Hendricks in dressing room. Photo by Val Wilmer.
Hank Craweord, backstage at the Finsbury Park Astoria. Photo by Val Wilmer.

Photos: Rex Features.

14 May 1963
Hammersmith Odeon, London. Quotes from New Musical Express articles from 10, 17 and 24 May:
"Raelets leader Margie Hendrix missed Charles' concert at Hammersmith on Tuesday through illness but was able to rejoin the show the following night". "That wasn't the real Ray Charles," said Ray Charles. "With Maggie ill, no one could sing her part. So I had to leave out a lot of the wilder things..."

Photos by James J. Kringmann of The Raelettes, from this same souvenir brochure.

15 May 1963
New Victoria, London.

16 May 1963
Odeon, Birmingham.

17 May 1963
Leeds. 



18 May 1963
Free Trade Hall, Manchester.


19 May 1963
 Hammersmith Odeon, London.

21 May 1963
Concert in London. Photo here.

22 to 28 May 1963
Olympia Theatre, Paris ("Members of the Hot Club de France distributed pink fliers at the theater hailing Mr. Charles as a true jazz artist in the tradition of Louis Armstrong and Duke Ellington", the New York Times wrote on 24 May). 

Arrival at Orly Airport, "The Genius falls from the sky", from an article in Cinémonde.
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.
29 May 1963
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
After appearances in Marseille, back at Hammersmith Odeon, London.

1st week of June 1963
Star Club in Hamburg ("price soared to 60,000 marks for his one-night performance").
Voted most popular artist of the year by MOA (jukebox operators).

15 June 1963
Spread in Billboard of June 15, signed by Shaw Artists.
18 - 24 June 1963
Blinstrub's, Boston.

22 June 1963
ABC presentation to distributors of Jimmy Scott's Falling In Love Is Wonderful, a Tangerine record, in Miami.

27 June 1963
Westchester County Center, White Plains ("Despite his handicap he is an expert domino player and is particularly adept in card games such as whist and hearts. In addition to his pop and blues numbers, Charles is devoted to spirituals. He listens to gospel songs constantly and derives much of his style and feeling from this type of music"; read this announcement).
Ad from Harald Statesman, Jun. 21 - after several 2-column ads, this concert obviously needed some extra exposure.

28 June 1963
At Armory in Brooklyn.
Ad in New York Amsterdam News of 29 (!) June.

July 1963
Hank Crawford leaves the band.

3 July 1963
West Yarmouth.

3 – 5 July 1963
Tropical Ballroom, Diamond Beach Club in Wildwood; almost canceled because "the limited seating capacity would make it impossible to meet the singer's guarantee" (source here).

4 July 1963
Bayside Pavilion, Malletts Bay, Burlington; see this.

6 July 1963
Convention Hall, Asbury Park.

7 July 1963
Dance For Freedom event at Morristown Armory (presented with plaque for "unique contribution to the world of music and entertainment" by a representative of the F. & M. Schaefer Brewing Co).
From New York Amsterdam News, Jul. 27, 1963.

10 and 13 July 1963
Recording in New York, for Ingredients In A Recipe For Soul. Or was the session of the 10th in LA?

12 to 18 July 1963
Regal Theater, Chicago; with The Flamingos, Terrell Prude Trio, Percy Mayfield, Little Jimmy Scott, Lulu Reed and Bill Murray.
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.

15 – 21 July 1963
Blinstrub's Club, Boston. This one probably didn't happen.

20 July 1963
At NOLA in New Orleans.
"Ray Charles Desegregates NOLA [...]. At least that’s the way Sax Kari told it. This little installment of the Sax Kari Photograph Collection comes from Sax’s career as a chitlin’ circuit promoter. He brought Ray Charles to New Orleans, Louisiana’s Loyola University auditorium in 1963. According to him, it was the first show in New Orleans to allow racially mixed seating. He had the presence of mind to take a few snaps of the desegregated audience, the best of which appears below. [...] No incidents reported, everyone had a lovely time, and, more importantly to Sax, paid to see Ray instead of staying away in protest of integration. Another triumph for music." Source here.

21 July 1963
Kleinhans Music Hall, Buffalo.

27 July 1963
Pops concert at Yale Bowl, New Haven.
Ad from Hartford Courant, 21 Jul.

28 July 1963
Coliseum, Knoxville.

29 July 1963
Benefit at Akron University for a scholarship program and a youth guidance project.

31 July 1963
Boys Club, Pittsfield.
Music Barn, Berkshire, Lenox.

August 1963
Worst piece of artwork ever sent out over wire by Shaw Artists:
Release of album Ingredients In A Recipe For Soul
Ad in Cashbox.
Release of the single Busted / Making Believe.

3 August 1963
At the Forest Hills Tennis Stadium, Forest Hills, Queens; also co-billed with Nina Simone; tickets at $1.95 to $4.95.
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.

5 August 1963
Salute To Freedom '63, Miles College Stadium, Birmingham. Also read this and this.
"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.

7 August 1963
Lagoon Patio Gardens, Farmington (Ogden); with local girl Jean (Denise) King and Betty Carter.
From Ogden Standard-Examiner, 27 Jul.

9 August 1963
Cow Palace, San Francisco.
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).
Ad from Oakland Tribune, 21 Jul.

11 August 1963
Long Beach Arena.

12 August 1963
Over 12, 000 fans at Cow Palace in San Francisco.

13 August 1963
Coliseum, Jacksonville.

15 August 1963
Civic Auditorium, Bakersfield.
Ad from Bakersfield Californian, 20 Jul.

18 August 1963
Arena, Seattle.

21 August 1963
With Jean King at the Jubilee Auditorium, Calgary ("Little went right for the 33 year-old blind Negro singer-musician"; read this review).

22 August 1963
Saskatoon Arena, Saskatchewan. Read review here.

24 August 1963
Arena, Winnipeg (2,621 in audience, gross $8,100)..
Ad from Winnipeg Free Press, 16 Aug.

30 August 1963
Civic Auditorium, Albuquerque.

6 September 1963
Della Bee and Ray buy new house in LA.
Soon after buys lot for and starts development of RPM building in LA.

12 September 1963
Cover DownBeat:

c. 17 - c. 23 September 1963
Rio and São Paulo, "to appear in several TV shows" (according an announcement in Billboard; were there more broadcasts than only the Ô Genio-show?). The tour entailed 10 concerts in 7 days, starting with concerts at the Teatro Municipal and Maracanãzinho in Rio de Janeiro. The first gig after that was the filmed double concert on the 19th at Cultura Artística in São Paulo. The 21st and 22nd the band played the Clube Atletico Paulistano in the same city. The taping of the second concert on the 19th was aired by TV Excelsior on the 22nd. See this.

19 September 1963
The Many Worlds Of Ray Charles, aired by ABC. See this.

25 September 1963
Palace Theater, Albany; read review here.

27 September 1963
Utica Memorial Auditorium ("Most Creative Musical Giant Of This Generation"; whistlers in audience; read review here).

Rest of the year 1963
Tour to 28 cities in 17 states.

11 October 1963
High School Gym, Ackley.

12 October 1963
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
Coliseum, Jacksonville.

19 October 1963
Municipal Arena, Norfolk.

22 October 1963
Municipal Auditorium, Nashville.

23 October 1963
Bell Auditorium, Augusta.
From Augusta Chronicle, 13 Oct. 1963

26 October 1963
Dinner Key Auditorium, Miami "[...] is the talk of the town. Just about every babe I know is prettying her wig talking dad into a new frock".

28 October - 4 November 1963
Regal.

First week of November 1963
Gymnasium, Georgetown University ("The band wailed on such thing[s] as Ghana, Julia, Teena, and Birth Of A Band with solo spots contributed by David Newman, flute and tenor, Teena Brooks, a Coltranish tenor, Roy Burrowes and Philip Guilbeau, trumpets, Julian Priester, trombone, Wilbert Hogan, drums, and Edgar Willis, bass and musical director. [...] Another instrumental peak was Guilbeau's lyrical trumpet solo on I Rem[em]ber April." Read this.
Full page ABC ad in Billboard, Dec. 14, 1963.

November 1963
Release of the single That Lucky Old Sun / Ol' Man River.
Ad in Cashbox.

2 November 1963
MacDonough Gymnasium, Georgetown; review here.

3 November 1963
Donnelly Memorial Theatre, Boston.
Ad from Boston Globe, 20 Oct.

11 November 1963
Township Auditorium, Columbia (SC).

13 November 1963
Memorial Auditorium, Canton (source: ad in Massillion Evening Independent, 9 Nov.).
*conflicting with:*
Sam Houston Coliseum, Houston.

16 November 1963
Fordham University Gymnasium, New York.
Ad in New York Amsterdam News, Nov. 16.

8 December 1963
Gig at Latin Casino.

2nd week of December 1963
Gig at University of Rochester (Billboard reports: "no exaggeration to say that the place went wild").

16 December 1963
Memorial Auditorium, Dallas.

20 to 26 December 1963
Flamingo, Las Vegas (switched from the lounge to the main showroom).

Promotion postcard, possibly from earlier date.
 
Ray Charles with alto sax at the Flamingo Hotel. Undated photo below also shot in Vegas, possibly at same concert.


...and this one must be from the same gig:


28 December 1963
Shrine Auditorium, Los Angeles.
Ad.
Poster.
Poster (forgery?).

29 December 1963
Long Beach Arena, Los Angeles.
Ad in Long Beach Press-Telegram, 24 Dec.
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. 



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