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25 August 2010

Ray Charles Is In Town - Chronology 1972

Photo by Norman Hunter.
  The Raelettes, backstage at a concert in Madrid.

1972
With Marci Soto and daughter in St. Louis.
At home or at RPM, Los Angeles? Photos by Ted Williams.
At RPM, Los Angeles; photo by Ted Williams, for Ebony.

What Am I Living For peaks at #54 on Pop Chart, Look What They've Done To My Song, Ma at #65 on Pop and #25 on R&B.
A Message From The People peaks at #52 on Pop Album Chart, Through The Eyes Of Love at #186.

 January 1972
Release of album (Ray Charles Presents The) Raeletts, Yesterday... Today... Tomorrow.

26 January 1972
First time on Carol Burnett Show (air date). See this.
Photos by Ted Williams.
Ad promoting 1987 rerun of the show.
31 January 1972
Attends funeral of Mahalia Jackson in Chicago.

21 – 27 February 1972
On Hollywood Squares (probably all taped shortly before that week). See this.

25 March 1972
Article in New Musical Express.
April 1972
Release of album A Message From The People.


2 April 1972
Attending an event related to the Sickle Cell Anemia Foundation at the Los Angeles Convention Center.

29 April 1972
Cal Poli in San Luis Obispo.

2 May 1972
Memorial Building, University of Detroit.

3 May 1972
CSU Auditorium & Gym.

6 May 1972
Auditorium Theater, Chicago.

11 May 1972
Saginaw, Michigan.

12 May 1972
Loeb Center, NYU.
*and/or*
St. Mathews, Kentucky.
*and/or*
The Spectrum, Philadelphia.

13 May 1972
University of Detroit.

14 May 1972
Spectrum Arena, Philadelphia.

21 May 1972
Philharmonic Hall, New York (gross $14,500).

24 May 1972
A concert in LA (filling in for Ella Fitzgerald/Count Basie).

24 May to 3 June 1972
The Grove, Ambassador Hotel, LA., presented by Sammy Davis, Jr. ("Critics shouldn't come to first nights, said Ray Charles during his opening show at the Valley Music Theater […], They should wait about four nights").

June 1972
Release of the single Look What They've Done To My Song, Ma / America The Beautiful.
A one-nighter at the new Pan-afro Auditorium in Las Vegas.

9 June 1972
First Bay Area Jazz Festival, San Francisco; with Stan Getz, B.B. King, Ike and Tina Turner, the Jimmy Smith Jam Session, Miles Davis, Les McCann, Nina Simone. The Giants of Jazz, Dizzy Gillespie, Thelonius Monk, Sonny Stitt, Art Blakey and Kai Winding.

10 June 1972
San Diego.

Before 14 June 1972
One-nighter at new Pan-Afro Auditorium in Las Vegas.

17 June 1972
State Fair Coliseum, Dallas.

23 June 1972
5th Hampton Jazz Festival.

25 June 1972
Oakdale Musical Theatre, Wallingford.

30 June 1972
Atlanta Jazz Festival.

1 July 1972
Newport Jazz Festival, Giants Of Jazz program.

2 July 1972
Curtis Hixon Hall, Tampa.
Suspect: two pristine ticket stubs from the same concert?!

7 July 1972
On the David Frost Show. See this.

With Bill Cosby at the Fisher Theatre in Detroit.


*conflicting with:*

Newport Jazz Festival, Yankee Stadium; Ray sings Take Me Out To The Ballgame (source here). Photo here.
Ad from New York Amsterdam News, Jun. 17, 1972.

Photo by David Redfern.





9 July 1972
Centennial Concert Hall, Winnipeg.
The 1972 (Apr. - Dec.) trumpet section, with f.l.t.r. Tommy Turrentine, Joe Mitchell, Tony Farrell, Tommy Cortez and Mike Conlon. (Coll. Tony Farrell).

14 July 1972
Meadow Brook Theatre, Rochester Hills.
*conflicting with:*
Massey Hall, Toronto.
The Toronto Star of July 9 published an interview with this photo by Keith Beaty (prob. from an earlier concert in Toronto), to announce the concert on the 14th.
21 July 1972
11th Annual Ohio Valley Jazz Festival, at Riverfront Stadium in Cincinnati.
Ray Charles publicity pic used in newspaper article about this concert.
26 July - 5 August 1972
Elmwood Casino, Windsor.
Photo from Windsor Star.

August 1972
Release of album Through The Eyes Of Love.

18 - 19 August 1972
High Chaparrel Show Club, (near?) Chicago.

21 to 27 August 1972
Carter Barron Amphitheatre in Washington, with Chi-Lites.

September 1972
First taping for the Dick Cavett Show (aired in ’73). See this.

1 to 3 September 1972
Buffalo Festival at Skylon Auditorium, Niagara Falls.

9 September 1972
Black Expo 72 (2nd night of 3) at Civic Auditorium, San Francisco with The Impressions, New Birth-Nighliters, Aaron & Freddie, Taj Mahal, Gary Bartz, Loading Zone, Black Light Sound, Bayette.

10 September 1972
Sickle Cell Community Awards Night at Ambassador Hotel, LA.

11 September 1972
Ft. In The New Bill Cosby Show  (air date). See this.


14 September 1972
Benefit concert for the National Children's Center at Filene Center in Washington.

15 September 1972
Discussing need for sickle cell anemia research with Richard Nixon, in the White House. See this.

16 September 1972
Coliseum, Richmond (with Curtis Mayfield).

22 September 1972
Barcelona.

23 September 1972
Palma de Mallorca.

25 September 1972
Belgrade.
 
Cover of Ilustrovana Politika, Oct. 3, a Yogoslavian magazine.

26 September 1972
Zagreb.

27 September 1972 
Tivoli Hall, Ljubljana.
At Pioneer Hall in Belgrade. A color film has survived - see this.

There were 4 concerts, possibly over 2 days.

30 September 1972
Coliseum, Richmond.
 

5 October 1972
Kamen.

6 October 1972
Sport Palast, Berlin.

7 October 1972
Jahrhunderthalle, Frankfurt.

8 October 1972
Saarlandhalle, Saarbruecken.

9 October 1972
Malmö.

10 October 1972
Tivoli, Copenhagen (integral show taped for TV). See this. 

11 October 1972
Benefit (National OIC Day) closed circuit telecast Everybody Can Be Somebody at Waldorf Astoria Hotel in New York. See this.

13 October 1972
Musik Halle, Hamburg.
Photo by Robert Günther.

14 a/o 15 October 1972
Victoria Hall, Geneva (read review here).

16 and 17 October 1972 
La Salle Pleyel, Paris; 3 shows were taped; see this.
Photo by Michel Artault/Corbis.
Photo by Ton den Haan.

Mike Conlon (ct), Tommy Cortez, Joe Mitchell, Tommy Turrentine, Tony Farrell - trumpets; Glenn Childress, Al Hall Jr., Fred Murrell, Steve Turre - trombones; James Clay, Don Garcia - alto saxophones; Andrew Ennis - tenor saxophone, flute; Fred Smith - tenor saxophone; Leroy Cooper - baritone saxophone, band leader; John Perrett - drums;  Ralph Byrd - guitar; Edgar Willis - bass; John Henderson - organ. The Raelettes: Dorothy Berry, Susaye Greene, Mable John, Vernita Moss, Estella Yarbrough.
Souvenir program for Pleyel concerts..

16 – 22 October 1972
On Hollywood Squares (probably all taped well before that week). See this.

18 or 19 October 1972
Photo from INA archive, dated October 19.
Besançon.
Upon arrival by train in Besançon, Ray Charles was interviewed by the 'Journal' of the local ORTF station (INA ID#

Transit at Schiphol Airport, Amsterdam. See this.  
Same photo, mirrored? From Het Vrije Volk, Oct. 20.

20 October 1972
Cirque Royal, Brussels.

21 October 1972
Two concerts at Doelen, Rotterdam.  

22 October 1972
New Victoria Theatre, London.

23 - 24 October 1972
City Sportive Building, Beirut.

27 October 1972
Civic Auditorium, San Rafael.

29 October 1972
Kansas University (co-billed with Della Reese).

November 1972
Release of the single Hey Mister / There'll Be No Peace Without All Men As One.

Early November - Mid December 1972
Touring in the U.S. with B.B. King and Billy Preston.

7 to 12 November 1972
With B.B. at Mill Run Theater, Niles.
Photo by William Vendetta.

Souvenir program of this concert.

15 November 1972
Fairground Pavillion, Tulsa.

17 - 26 November 1972
Latin Casino, Cherry Hill.


22 November 1972
Second time on Carol Burnett Show (air date). See this.

28 November 1972 to 3 December 1972
Circle Star Theater in San Carlos, with B.B. King. One of the concerts was taped; see this.
From theatre's season brochure.

5 to 10 December 1972
From Los Angeles Sentinel, Dec. 7.
"The World's Greatest Blues Show" at the Valley Music Theater in Woodland Hills; with B.B. King and Billy Preston; read this.
 

8 to 23 December 1972
In Israel (with concerts at  Binyeni Ha'ooma in Jerusalem on the 12th, Tel Aviv and Haifa, and visits to several biblical sites) for shooting of Soul Of The Holy Land - The Lost Concert; August 1973  (sic! under that title released as a DVD in November 2004). See this.
Ray Charles (and Joe Adam's neck) at Ben Gurion Airport, Tel Aviv.
The band in Tel Aviv.

Full page portrait in New Musical Express (UK), March 25, 1972.

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