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03 August 2010

Ray Charles Ft. In The Beatles Forever (1977)

On  24 November 1977 a surprisingly lousy cast of singers, and Ray Charles, were starring on a 60 minute NBC "Saturday Special" or "Thanksgiving Day Tribute To The Fab Four", titled The Beatles Forever, directed by Jon Scoffield, and actually produced in the UK, by ATV (Associated Television).
The show was presented by Tony Randall. Joe Adams took care of the (voice over) announcement role. The other performing guests were Diahann Carroll, Anthony Newley, Bernadette Peters, Mel Tillis, and Paul Williams.
Ray contributed with his worst-ever version of Yesterday (what's that sound at the start and the end - a sea shell effect?), but made good on that with his share (The Long And Winding Road and Let It Be) in the show's final, a medley.

Yesterday (partial):

Medley (with The Long And Winding Road and Let It Be):

 Ray Charles, Tony Randall, Bernadette Peters, Anthony Newley, Dianne Carroll, Mel Tillis, and Paul Williams - Beatles Medley .mp3
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 Ray Charles - Yesterday .mp3
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