|Leroy Cooper, interviewed and photographed by Val Wilmer, in: Coda, April 1976.|
|Publicity photo, c. 1976.|
America The Beautiful peaks at #98 on R&B chart.
Porgy And Bess (with Cleo Laine) peaks at #138 on Pop Album Chart.
|Mill Run Playhouse Theatre in the Round, Niles. (c) Rex Features.|
Performing guest on A Touch Of Gold. See this.
Interviewed by Larry Sawell for Armed Forces, East Asia:
Featured in ad for Craig Powerplay Car Stereo.
On tv show A Touch Of Gold. See this.
'Soul of Amercica' commercial for McDonnalds.
7 January 1976
Toronto [? according to photo caption, but unusal date for a concert].
"Ray Charles... he made it a concert". Photo by Reg Innell/Toronto Star/ Getty Images.
25 January 1976
Performing on Celebration: The American Spirit (air date). See this.
Release of the single America the Beautiful / Sunshine.
Presenter at 9th Annual NAACP Image Awards at Hollywood Palladium.
|With Maggie Hathaway.|
28 February 1976
Wins Best R&B Vocal Performance, Male Grammy award for Living For The City. See this.
??4 March 1976??
Fundraiser for Jackie Wilson at Hollywood Palladium (Ray was announced, but probably didn't make it).
25 March 1976
On The Tonight Show. See this and this.
5 April 1976
Centennial Concert Hall, Winnipeg; read review here.
9 April 1976
On The Comedy In America Report. See this.
Jubilee Auditorium, Calgary.
13 April 1976
In Chicago, receiving Music Icon Goodwill Award from Richard S. Bull:
|News wire photos.|
12 - 18 April 1976
Guest on The Hollywood Squares (air dates). See this.
On or around 16 April 1976
At his auditorium, probably in St. Petersburg (FA):
|Photo by Norman Zeisloft.|
17 April 1976
Two concerts for inmates of Sybil Brand women's jail.
|Intro to extensive article in Los Angeles Sentinel, Apr. 22.|
|From Billboard, Apr. 24.|
19 April 1976
National Arts Center, Ottawa ("rip-off"; read this and this).
20 to 23 April 1976
Recording Porgy & Bess with Cleo Laine at RCA Recording Studio in Hollywood.
|Norman Granz and Ray Charles at RCA Studio.|
|Recording for Porgy & Bess, with James Cleveland.|
|Most of these photos by Phil Stern.|
25 April 1976
Kleinhans Music Hall, Buffalo.
28 April 1 976
"In Celebration" benefit concert at Kennedy Center in Washington.
30 April 1976
Co-hosting Midnight Special (air date). See this.
Carnegie Hall, New York.
3 to 9 May 1976
Latin Casino (with B.B. King).
14 May 1976
Headlining the Bob Hope Bicentennial Preakness Spectacular at the Civic in Baltimore\.
|From Baltimore Sun, 2 May 1976.|
17 May 1976
Meets Billy Carter. See this.
25 to 31 May 1976
3 June 1976
On Mike Douglas Show. See this.
11 June 1976
Charity concert for the Life Institute For The Blind; with The Four Tops and Dorothy Moore.
12 - 13 June 1976
Grove, Ambassador Hotel, Los Angeles.
13 June 1976
14 June 1976
20 June 1976
The Brothers Four, Nashua ("Superb"; read revies here).
19 June 1976
Benefit at Olympia Stadium in Detroit canceled, but Charles'manager "doesn't want to acquire a no-show reputation" and demands $ 7.750 payment (later suing them for an additional $ 6.000).
22 June 1976
Marc Antony's Cafe, Hartford.
|Ad from Hartford Courant, 11 Jun.|
B'nai B'rith Man of The Year event at Beverly Wilshire Hotel, L.A.
Release of album Live In Japan.
Broadcast of third Dick Cavett Show. See this.
2 July 1976
Music Mill Theater, Six Flags Texas.
4? July 1976
Circle Star Theatre, San Carlos.
|L - R: Ernest Vantrease, Tony Matthews, Jim Campbell, Scott von Ravensberg.|
|Johnny Coles. Pictures by unidentified photographer.|
|This photo (offered for sale on Ebay) had a printed sticker with a "1" styled with stars and stripes, and the text "Ray Charles / The Raeletts / and the Ray Charles Orchestra / Monday, July 5, 1976 at 8.p.m."|
10 July 1976
Kool Jazz Festival, Royals Stadium, Kansas City.
11 July 1976
Recording instrumentals for Porgy & Bess at RCA Recording Studio in Hollywood.
Manning Bowl, Lynn (with The Four Tops).
Ad from Boston Globe. 4 Jul.
16 July 1976
North Sea Jazz Festival, PWA Zaal, Congresgeboouw, The Hague. Top act Ray Charles received $12,000, Count Basie $7,500, Lionel Hampton and Sarah Vaughan $6,000, festival organizer Paul Acket said in an interview.
|Photo by Hans Hendriks.|
17 and 18 July 1976
Antibes? (Source: Atlanta Daily World, Jul. 4).
20 July 1976
Salon de Provence.
|Photos (undated) by Guy le Querrec.|
22 July 1976
24 July 1976
26 July 1976
Sitges, aired on RTVE. See this.
27 July 1976
30 July 1976
Festival International de Carthage.
3 August 1976
|In Italy, summer 1976.|
4 August 1976
Bussola Domani, Camaiore Lucca. Read review here.
7 August 1976
1st Annual Pontiac Kool Jazz Festival, with "6 giant closed-circuit TV screens".
|Ad from Ann Arbor Sun, Jul. 1.|
Double concert in Versilia.
16 August 1976
At Altromondo in Rimini.
25 August 1976
Paramount Theatre, Portland.
|Ad from Portland Oregonian, 24 Jul.|
High School Auditorium, Southland.
End of August - early September 1976
Tours North-West, with oncerts in Portland, Vancouver, Prince George, Fairbanks, Walla Walla, Ocean Shore.
29 August 1976
West High Auditorium, Anchorage.
3 September 1976
Paramount-Northwest Theatre, Seattle.
|Ad from Seattle Times, 6 Aug.|
12 September 1976
Honorary chairman of tribute to Ella Fitzgerald at NASCD awards dinner at Beverly Wilshire Hotel in Beverly Hills (in other source dated on October 17).
16 - 18 September 1976
Aladdin Hotel, Las Vegas.
19 September 1976
Paul Anthony's International Club, Pico Rivera.
26 September 1976
27 September 1976
28 September 1976
Stuttgart, Liederhalle (taped for a radio broadcast; bootlegged). See this. Photos taken at press conference; read interview here.
Release of the single Oh, Lawd, I'm On My Way / Oh Bess, Where's My Bess (with Cleo Laine).
1 October 1976
Deutsches Museum, Munich.
3 October 1976
5 October 1976
In A Salute To American Imagination (air date). See this.
|6 and 8 October 1976|
|La Salle Pleyel, Paris.|
9 October 1976
|Souvenir brochure for UK tour.|
10 or 11 October 1976
16 October 1976
17 October 1976
Chase-Park Plaza Hotel, St. Louis.
23 October 1976
Civic Center, Atlanta.
27 October 1976
Release of album Porgy & Bess.
|Trade ad from Billboard.|
12 to 20 November 1976
Turn of the Century, Denver.
14 November 1976
Ft. In The Oscar Peterson Superspecial (air date; taping was in September). See this.
|Photo's by Bill Smith.|
Late November - Early December 1976
1-week stint at Ontario Place Forum in Toronto. Photo here.
|Photo for the Toronto Star, by Reg Innell (Getty-date Jan. 7, 1976 [sic?]).|
5 December 1976
Avery Fisher Hall, New York (2 shows). Read review here.
|Ad in New York Amsterdam News, Nov. 27, 1976.|
14 to 20 December 1976
Trojan Horse, in (?) Ellensburg.
24 December 1976
With Sara Jordan Powell, in Christmas In Ettal - A Black Ceremony.
|Everything in this TV show looked ill-prepared, but this photo indicates that Ray and the other singers had a rehearsal session.|
31 December 1976
|Playboy poll '76.|