|From Billboard, Jan. 31 and Feb. 7.|
|From Billboard, Aug. 15.|
Ray worked a lot (and obviously must have lived) in New Orleans during this period (also see data points below). Drummer Earl Palmer remembered that he was still 'in between styles': "We avoided Ray Charles too. [...] Ray would be waiting to jam with us. I thought he was good and played a hell of a lot of piano, It's just that all he wanted to do was his Nat King Cole imitations and we'd played Nat King Cole all night long."
During one of the gigs Ray and Al Hibbler got in a fight, about who was going to get up and sing first. "They both said, 'I'm going to kick you in the ass!' and we cracked up laughing. 'We don't doubt you'd do it, but we just wondering: How you going to find his ass?'".
12 September 1953
PreHalloween dance at Magnolia Ballroom (not the City Auditorium!) in Atlanta (GA); ("Ray Charles has been regularly featured in night clubs, theatres and on radio. Dancegoers have crowded leading casinos throughout the United States during his tours with major orchestras", "presently on the Harlem hit parade for his hit 'Mess Around'[...]"); co-featured with the Griffin Brothers' orchestra, Clarence Gatemouth Brown and Claudia Swann.
|From Atlanta Daily World, Oct. 18.|
23 – 24 October 1953
|Ad in Billboard, September 12, 1953.|
|Ad in Billboard, October 24, 1953.|
4 December 1953
31 December 1953
Library Auditorium, San Antonio (with T-Bone Walker, Amos Milburn).