|With Little Willie John at the 5-4 Ballroom.|
|With Madlyn Glover, two of her brothers and Little Willie John.|
|Year and provenance of this photo are unknown.|
Review in Billboard, Feb.20 (note the "Ork").
Arie Crown Theater, Chicago IL, announced as "sensational blind vocalist and pianist"; co-billed with Don Bexley, Pete Diggs and Sax Mallard's Band.
|Ad from Chicago Defender, Apr, 10, as collected by Franz Hoffmann, in: Jazz Advertised.|
18 April 1954
"All-Star Variety Show" at City Auditorium in Atlanta GA; with Joe Morris, The Orioles, Dizzy Gillespie, Faye Adams, Paul Williams, Margie Day, The Blue Dots.
|From Atlanta Daily World, May 6.|
15 May 1954
4 June 1954
6 June 1954
"Big Show and Dance" or 'the 1954 Rhythm 'n' Blues Parade' at the Sunset Terrace dancery in Indianapolis IN, with Mantan Moreland, Bud Harris, Sammy Dyer's 'world famous' Dyerettes ("the most beautiful and dancingest girls in the world'), The Spiders, tap dancer Flash Ford, Tanya and her exotic dance, and Floyd Dixon & band.
|From Indianapolis Reporter, May 29.|
19 June 1954
Woodlake Country Club, San Antonio ("double attraction" with Guitar Slim).
Band rehearsals at Club Matinee in
10 and 17 July 1954
Trianon Ballroom, Chicago IL; with Charles Brown.
|First known ads to promote Ray's band. Both ads from Chicago Defender, Jul. 17, and Jul. 24, as collected by Franz Hoffmann, in: Jazz Advertised.|
2 - 8 August 1954
5-4 Ballroom, Los Angeles. Changed to September 10th.
21 August 1954
10 September 1954
5-4 Ballroom, Los Angeles.
17 - 19 September 1954
At 5-4 Ballroom in Los Angeles, co-billed with Guitar Slim. "Charles and his 6-oiece band are favorites with dancing Angelinos and will gladly play and sing request numbers".
15 October 1954
Library Auditorium, San Antonio (with T-Bone Walker, Lowell Fulson, Faye Adams, Memphis Slim).
16 November 1954
|c 1954: Jesse Stone and The Cookies.|
|E.A. Kernshaw (Florida Star, 11 August 1956) remembers how about 2 years before Ruth Brown performed at the Kozy Korner in Talahasee, backed by Ray Charles.|
Royal Peacock, Atlanta (GA); with The Charms, Zilla Mays, Eunice ' The Body', Austell Allen and Band.
Jerry Wexler wrote: "In November [sic?!] of 1954, Ray called us to Atlanta to dig his new band. We got with him in the afternoon at the Peacock nightclub, where he had his band set to play for us. Except for Ray and the band, the place was empty, and as soon as we walked in Ray counted off and they hit into I've Got A Woman and that was it." (The song was taped soon after at a local radio studio).
|From Atlanta Daily World, Dec. 12.|
Library Auditorium, San Antonio (with Amos Milburn, T-Bone Walker, Choker Campbell).