|A gig at the Crescendo Club, West Hollywood (1959). F.l.t.r. Edgar Willis, Ray Charles, Teagle Flemming, David Newman. Photo by Gary Lewis.|
|Corbis dates this publicity photo in 1959 (but probably a few years older).|
|Who knows the source of this undated ad?|
|Cover photo from this French Atlantic EP obviously taken around this time.|
|A 'dance' gig at Washington University in St. Louis, in '59.|
14 January 1959
6 February 1959
"A Touch of the Blues": Jazz Concert at Symphony Hall in Boston; with Diana [= Dinah] Washington and James Moody.
|Ad in New York Amsterdam News, Feb. 7, 1959.|
|Review in New York Times.|
18 February 1959
1 March 1959
Annual Jazz Festival at Town Hall in Philadelphia.
3 March 1959
Naval Station "EM[?]" Club in Newport; (3d engagement, "a testimonial to his popularity"; with Mary Ann Fisher; Charles features the blues with a touch of progressive jazz").
12 March 1959
Off Shore Club, Blythedale.
19 March 1959
Alonzo Herndon Stadium, Atlanta.
20 March 1959
Coliseum Ballroom, Davenport.
29 March 1959
Big easter Dance at Midway Roller Rink, Chicago, announced - with orchestra - as "America's favorite music-maker", with the new hits Rockhouse 1 & 2 and The Right Time, and "featuring The Raelets".
6 - 12 April 1959
Key Club, Minneapolis.
25 April 1959
Roberts Show Club, Chicago.
|Ad from Chicago Defender, Apr. 25, as collected by Franz Hoffmann, in: Jazz Advertised.|
|From Atlanta Daily World, May 17.|
30 May 1959
|From Philadelphia Tribune, Jun 16.|
|From Philadelphia Tribune, Jul 18.|
|Ad in Billboard, June 15, 1959.|
|Ad in Billboard, June 29, 1959.|
Naval Station Enlisted Men's Club, in or near Newport, with Mary Ann Fisher.
23 and 26 June 1959
Midnight-to-dawn dance at Palace Ballroom in Louisville.
10 July 1959
Eagle's Auditorium, Portland.
17 - 19 July 1959
5-4 Ballroom, Los Angeles.
30 July 1959
Bob's Ballroom, Tucson.
|From Tucson Citizen, 30 July.|
13 August 1958
Gig in Atlanta.
|With Art Laboe, Preston Epps, and Jackie Wilson - possibly on this day and at this venue.|
17 August 1959
20 August 1959
Roger Smith Hotel, Holyoke.
23 August 1959 (previously announced for 16th)
Berkshire Mountain Music Festival, Music Barn, Great Barrington (or Lenox?).
2 – 7 October 1959
(There's a story that The 5 Royales once substituted for The Raelettes, at a concert in Durham, NC. (Who knows exactly when? BS).
|Billboard, Oct. 19, 1959.|
Mid October 1959
First meeting with ABC, discussing record contract.
19 October 1959
Pla-Mor in Cleveland.
21 October 1959
K of C Hall, Indianapolis.
30 October - 5 November 1959
Regal Theater, Chicago (on 1 November house record $9,300 gross).
|Ad from Chicago Defender, Oct. 30, as collected by Franz Hoffmann, in: Jazz Advertised.|
|Ad in Chicago Tribune, Nov. 2.|
|Ray Charles and Sam Clarke signing the contract (may well be of later date).|
Dance engagement at Muncie Armory, Muncie.
25 November 1959
City Auditorium, Macon.
28 November 1959
Thanksgiving Night homecoming concert at Kean Hall, State University in Nashville.
"In Person" at Magnolia Ballroom in Atlanta.
|Ad in Atlanta Daily World, Nov 27.|
Yearly WDIA Goodwill Revue at Ellis Auditorium in Memphis ("The first half was the Gospel part and in many people's choice was the best part. The Staple Singers from Chicago almost stole the show, but competition from the Spirit of Memphis Singers, Dixie Nightingales, and the Christian Travelers was strong. [...] The Blues half of the show starred the invincible Ray Charles and was built around the Detective Convention at a coffee house. The place was filled with beatniks played by the Teen-Towners and the Radio stars of WDIA. Wade Flemmings rocked the house with his new recording of What's Happening',"= and it seemed Miss LaVel, jazzy in her black gown trimmed in gold high-lighted by flaming red hair, and Joe Hinton just added more to the excitement of the evening," the Tri-State Defender wrote).
25 - 27 December 1959
A "weekend of dancing-listening shows" at 5-4 Ballroom, Los Angeles.
Late December 1959
29 December 1959
In a studio (not necessarily on this day) with ABC boss Sam Clark.
|Ray Charles and Sid Feller (other sorces say: Sam Clark) - not necessarily from this date.|