|At an unidentified venue, late 1950s/early 1960s; photo by Bob Parent.|
|At unidentified venue, c. 1960.|
|Photo by Lacey Crawford, dated in 1966, but rather from c. 1960.|
|With dancer Doris Humphries (poss. at one of the many shows in Chicago during this year).|
|Concert in late 1950s or early 1960s.|
|With poet Langston Hughes (c. 1960). Photo by Allan Morrison, for Ebony.|
Sometime during the year:
Gig in Jacksonville:
|Ray Charles and radio DJ/promoter Ken Knight, who in December 1961 launched the Ken Knight Show, the first black television program in Jacksonville, which featured live gospel music on WJXT (TV-4). Photo (c) Loyd Sandgren/Vintage Jacksonville.|
Born: Robert Robinson (to Della Robinson).
This year Come Rain Or Come Shine will peak at #83 on Billboard Pop Chart, Don't Let The Sun Catch You Cryin' at #95 on Pop and #17 on R&B chart, Let The Good Times Roll at #78 on Pop, Hardhearted Hannah at #55 on Pop, Georgia On My Mind at #1 on Pop and #3 on R&B, Ruby at #28 on Pop and #10 on R&B, Sticks And Stones at #40 on Pop and #2 on R&B, Come Rain Or Come Shine at #83 on Pop. Tell The Truth peaks at #13, and Just For A Thrill at #16 on R&B chart. The Genius Hits The Road peaks at #9 and Ray Charles In Person at #13 on Pop Album Chart.
Read this story on a gig, some time during this year, at the Cimarron Ballroom in Bartlesville.
|With Edgar Willis and Leroy Cooper.|
|Playing dominoes with Chicago's Tivoli night club owner Herman Roberts. Photo by David Jackson.|
The Ambler stage, cover photo of French release of Yes Indeed (Atlantic 332 027).
From Ebony, Sep. 1960: concert in Ambler, Pa .
Release of the single My Baby (I Love Her Yes I Do) / Who You Gonna Love.
|From Variety, Feb. 10.|
1 January 1960
Release of album Fathead, Ray Charles Presents David 'Fathead' Newman.
10 January 1960
13 January 1960
Calderon Ballroom, Phoenix.
|From Arizona Republic, 13 Jan.|
10 January 1960
Hollywood Palladium, Hollywood CA; 4,500 payees.
13 January 1960
The Calderon Ballrom,
14 January 1960
El Paso Coliseum, El Paso TX.
|From El Paso Herald Post, 9 January.|
18 January 1960
Municipal Auditorium, San Antonio TX.
|From Galveston Daily News, 26 Jan.|
Queen of Hearts Ball, St. Petersburg.
28 February 1960
Two concerts at New Auburn Casino in Atlanta GA, fronting "the same dynamic crew that stopped the show at the WAOK anniversary show last summer" ("The plaintive troubadour [...] will be featured in an all-star show that includes the Raelettes, The Five Royales, Marv Johnson and Al Pauling and his Ochestra").
|Ad in Atlanta Daily World, Feb 28.|
6 March 1960
Two "Jazz at its best" shows at Magnolia Ballroom in Atlamta GA with the "Rayettes" ("by populr demand after appearing a week ago before an SRO crowd at an Auburn Avenue nightery", "[his] primitive and plaintive renditions of the blues, have almost a revival quality"); Little Willie John, Marv Johnson, The Upsetters Band ft. Alfred Jackson.
|Ad from Atlanta Daily World, Mar 3.|
"The Ray Charles Show" at the Township Auditorium, Columbia (SC).
Around 9 March 1960
"Over 3000 people danced" to Ray Charles and Orchestra at Queen of Hearts Ball of the Florida west coast Delta Sigma Theta Sorority chapter (prob. in Tampa or St. Persburg).
17 March 1960
Liberty Sporting Club, Ambler PA.
19 March 1960
20 March 1960
With Soul 60 tour at, Broadway Capitol Theater in Detroit MI.
|Ad from Chicago Defender, March 12, as collected by Franz Hoffmann, in: Jazz Advertised.|
|From Chicago Tribune, Mar. 13.|
|This photo from the 1960 Soul '60! concert in Chicago with Dinah Washington is reproduced from a postcard; the photos below come from the same show. The photographer was Carole Reiff.|
8 April 1960
Concert (or "a short and fleeting appearance") at Taystee Bread Ad-Model Contest, Indiana Roof Ballroom, Indiana Repertory Theater, Indianapolis IN.
8 and 9 April 1960
With "his augmented orchestra" at McCormick Place, Chicago.
22 – 28 April 1960
|Apollo Theatre marquee with Ray Charles, Cannonball Adderley, Marv Johnson, Redd Foxx, 1960. Photo by William Claxton.|
Apollo Theater, New York; co-billed with Cannonball Adderley; also with Betty Carter (the story has it that Miles Davis advised Ray to take her under his wings), Marv Johnson (both also backed by the Ray Charles band) and Redd Foxx. Schiffman index card: "[Percentage]", "Exceedingly well received".
30 April - 3 May 1960
Howard Theatre, Washington DC; with Cannonball Adderly, The 5 Royals, Betty Carter and Redd Foxx.
|Ad from Washington Post.|
22 May 1960
Foot Guard Hall, Hartford CT.
|From Ebony, Sep. 1960.|
|31 May 1960|
'Hitmakers of 1960' concert at the State Fair Coliseum in Indianapolis IN; with The Difters, Ruth Brown, Marv Johnson, Redd Foxx, and the Ray Bryant Trio.
1 June 1960
Co-billed with The Drifters, Marv Johnson, Ruth Brown, Ray Bryant Trio, Ron Holden, Billy Bland, Preston Epps, Doc Bagby Band, Redd Foxx at the
4 June 1960
Tivoli Theater, Chicago IL, with 'Hitmakers of 1960'.
5 June 1960
With the "Hitmakers Of 1960' at Public Hall in Cleveland OH.
|Clipped from Cleveland Plain Dealer (May 29th).|
7 June 1960
Sports Arena, San Diego.
11 June 1960
Memorial Auditorium, Pittsburg KS ("a special treat, for it was highlighted by the Drifters, Ruth Brown, Ray Charles and Marv Johnson, who were as usual at their best").
Release of album Genius Hits The Road and the single Sweet Sixteen Bars / Tell The Truth.
2 July 1960
|Backstage, chatting with with Lambert, Hendricks and Ross (from Ebony Sep. 1960). Photo by Allan Morrison.|
|Backstage, talking with Mitch Miller. Photo by Allan Morrison.|
3 July 1960
Atlantic City Jazz Festival at the Warren Theatre in Atlantic City NJ (2 shows).
|Ad in Baltimore Sun, 20 June 1960.|
|Ad for Atlantic City Jazz Festival in New York Amsterdam News, Jun. 18, 1960.|
|From: The Age, 4 July 1960.|
|Ad from Chicago Tribune, 9 Jul.|
|Ad from Kansas Sentinel, 7 Jul.|
27 July – 1 August 1960
The Cloisters Hotel,
Release of the singles Georgia On My Mind / Carry Me Back To Old Virginny and Them That Got / I Wonder.
1 - 2 August 1960
18 August 1960
Palladium, Hollywood CA; 7,542 in audience, grossing "a walloping $21 [thousand]"; "Charles, in on percentage, wound up with $9,100. Zeiger paid a flat $1,000 rental for ballroom and spent $2,000 on radio spots" (source: Variety, Aug. 24).
This article in Down Beat describes this event ("Deep emotional expression by musician and listener alike is keenly hungered for is most evident in the almost fanatical popularity of Ray Charles. The effectiveness with which this man communicates with an audience must be seen and heard to be believed. At a one-night stand in late August at the Hollywood Palladium, 6,016 fans paid $18,048 to attend what became almost a religious meeting. Charles, working on a percentage, went away with a reported $9,100. Observing the crowd was an unforgettable experience. From Charles' first opening wail, the mass of jam-packed humanity howled its joy. In groups they sang, chanting along with him. They stood on tables and waved hands above their heads in utter abandon. Even the sides of the bandstand were packed with admirers who wanted to get as close to Charles as they possibly could. On a raised platform to the right of the stand, normally used for a relief trio at dances, a young white couple began dancing until stopped by a ballroom guard. When the singer launched into Let The Good Times Roll a deep-throated roar of recognition went up. All over the ballroom floor hands and arms, grouping like lost souls striving for heaven, reached up from the mass. Hysteria born of almost holy fervor gripped the crowd. Between shows Charles admirers parked themselves among the instruments on the bandstand, sitting silently behind the drawn stage curtain like pilgrims at a shrine. What Ray Charles possesses is the power to reach and probe deep into the souls of his people.").
21 August 1960
Pacific Ballroom, San Diego (also see video sub June 7).
26 August 1960
Ray Charles buys Flxible Starliner tourbus.
26 - 28 August 1960
"The record breaking, crowd pleasing, New Prophet of Entertainment, the fabulous Ray Charles, brings his rollicking vocal and his great big band and show in the" 5-4 Ballroom in Los Angeles CA; "no doubt [this will be] the all time exciting three days of merriment in the annals of local pleasure. The pulsating blind virtuoso, who has personally spearheaded a campaign to bring music back to its roots, has stood them on their ears wherever he has performed", wrote the Los Angeles Sentinel (Aug. 25).
|Ad from Los Angeles Sentinel, Aug. 11.|
Performing Georgia On My Mind on Playboy Penthouse tv show, taped in
Release of the single Doodlin' (Parts I & II).
|Ray Charles, Margie Hendricks interviewed in Los Angeles Sentinel, Sep. 15.|
|Ad in Billboard, Aug. 29, 1960.|
4 September 1960
18 September 1960
Hollywood Bowl, Hollywood CA.
26 – 29 September 1960
30 September - 13 October 1960
Apollo, New York City NY. "Apollo Theatre management had to stop Ray Charles from doing extra shows to satisfy his fans crowding the theatre to hear him. They feared he'd wear himself out. He's there an extra week...", and ""At the height of his popularity, the Apollo had to cancel the movie several times over the weekend while Ray did extra shows to accomodate the huge crowds", the New York Amsterdam News wrote on October 8.
“2,976 persons heard Ray Charles sing his latest hit Georgia On My Mind. Twenty-four other rock and roll devotees missed hearing the song altogether. They went to jail” (Baltimore Afro-American, 11 October 1960). Schiffman index card: "[Percentage]", "One of our best attractions".
|Ad for prolongation at Apollo in New York Amsterdam News, Oct. 8, 1960.|
|Photo of Apollo Theatre marquee, possibly from this show..|
|Illustration by Alain Bertrand, based on the photo above.|
29 October 1960
Homecoming dance at the Armory (in ???).
30 0ctober 1960
Two shows at the Brooklyn Academy of Music Opera House, Brooklyn, New York City NY..
|Ticket sales report.|
Release of the singles Tell Me You'll Wait For Me / Come Rain Or Come Shine and Ruby / Hard Hearted Hannah.
Municipal Auditorium, Charleston WV.
7 November 1960
|From Delaware County Times, 4 Nov.|
Township Auditorium, Columbia SC, for a crowd of 2,000 people.
|Ad from The State, with unique specification of "Colored Dance and Show" vs "White spectators".|
10 November 1960
15 November 1960
19 November 1960
Chilhowee Park Auditorium, Knoxville.
|Very rare byline:"Reserved Section For White Spectators."|
Promoted by WAOK, an "In Person Again" concert at the City Auditorium in Atlanta GA; with Little Anthony and the Imperials, Jimmy Reed, Sl Brown and his Tune Toppers, Christ Columbo Quintet, Piano Red and The Metertones, mc'ed by Baron Wilson.
|From Lake Charles American Press, Nov. 18.|
|The 10-day Clay Cole Christmas Show featuring Bobby Rydell, Brenda Lee, Ray Charles, Dion, Neil Sedaka, Bo Diddley and more, broke the all-time house box office record at the theater.|
|Photos attributed to Moneta Sleet, and dated 1964 - but probably made by Howard Morehead..|
31 December 1960