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22 August 2010

Ray Charles Is In Town - Chronology 1964

Gig at Montclair State University (c. 1963/4).
FC publicity pics, mid '60s.
Publicity photo of The Raelettes, c. 1964. Clockwise from top: Darlene McCrea, Pat Lyles, Gwen Berry, Margie Hendricks. (Collection Joël Dufour).
The photo is from '64.
At unidentified venue. (c) Rex Features.
Chicago, backstage with child prodigy Fred Nelson III, c. 1964.

1964







Photos by Tony Evans.
My Heart Cries For You peaks at #38 on Pop and #9 on R&B chart, Baby, Don't You Cry at #39 on Pop, A Tear Fell at #50 on Pop and #13 on R&B, Smack Dab In The Middle at #52 on Pop and #19 on R&B, No One To Cry To at #55 on Pop and #14 on R&B.
Sweet & Sour Tears peaks at #9 and Have A Smile With Me at #36 on Pop Album Chart.

January 1964
Interviewed in Australia. See this.
Release of album Sweet And Sour Tears.
33 RPM (17 cm) single pack for jukebox distribution (ABCS 480-1). Coll. André Monot.
Early January 1964
Attends Lionel Hampton concert at Basin Street in Los Angeles.

13, 16 January 1964
Loses paternity case i.c. Sheila Raye Charles from Sandra Jean Betts.
Jet reported on every step in the court procedures. This clipping is from September 1963.

February 1964
Release of the single Baby, Don't You Cry / My Heart Cries For You.
Full page ad in Billboard, Feb. 22, 1964.

April 1964
A gig at University of Dayton.

8 – 9 April 1964
McCormick Place, Chicago.

15 April to 2 May 1964
Spring Tour in US, ending at Carnegie Hall, New York.

16 April 1964
Circle Theatre, Indianapolis.

17 to 19 April 1964
McCormick Place, Chicago (gross $60,097).
McCormick Place in Chicago, announcing the gig for April 17 (the booking was clearly extended).
Photo taken at McCormick's, year not sure.

21 April 1964
Tulsa Assembly Center Arena.
Ad from Joplin Globe, 12 Apr.

22 April 1964
Auditorium, Waterloo.

23 April 1964
Waterloo Auditorium, Cedar Rapids.

25 April 1964
Bushnell Memorial, Hartford.

30 April 1964
War Memorial Auditorium, Syracuse.
Ad from Syracuse Post Standard, 5 Apr.

May 1964
Release of the single My Baby Don't Dig Me / Something's Wrong.

First week of May 1964
Between gigs, recording for Have A Smile With Me, in LA.

1 May 1964
Convention Hall, Asbury Park.

2 May 1964
Carnegie Hall, New York; with The Vocals (gross 29G; "A badly balanced amplifying system made the annual Carnegie Hall appearance Saturday night of Ray Charles and his troupe a disappointing showcase").

3 May 1964
Finishes U.S. spring concert tour at Carnegie Hall.

7 May 1964
Recording a.o. Smack Dab In The Middle at Bell Sound Studios in New York.

8 May 1964
Convention Hall, Philadelphia.

?14 May 1964?
[Improbable:] Carling Apollo Hammersmith, London.

?18 May 1964?
[Improbable; also see August 6:] Olympia, Paris (acoording to caption first photo:)
(c) Tips Images.
(c) Rex Features.
The date is also associated with Madrid, in error, in the context of the production of Ballad In Blue.


June 1964
Release of album Have A Smile With Me, and the singles Talkin' Bout You / No One To Cry To, and In A Little Spanish Town / A Tear Fell.
Ad in Cashbox, Aug. 8.

Between 30 May and 4 June 1964
European title.
American title.
30 May and/or 1 June, 3 June, 4 June: all these dates come from captions to archival photos with scenes from the shooting of the Ballad In Blue sequence at the Buttersea Fun Fair near London, where Ray and Pierce are seen in dodgem/bumper cars.



In between takes, also shot at Battersea.

On and around 9 June 1964
Shoots for Ballad In Blue at the Admore Studios (Bray, Co. Wiklow) and at the Gaiety Theatre in Dublin.
The shooting at the studio was picketed by electricians: see this.
The shooting at the Gaiety is best documented here and here and here.
Set photo of Ray and director Paul Henreid at the Dublin GaietyTheatre on or around June 9, 1964 (coll. J. Dufour).
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Set photos, dated 9 June, shot at the Gaiety Theatre in Dublin. Photo (c) SKP/Lensmen/Irish Photo Archive. 
E.T.U. electricians picketing at Ardmore Studios in Bray on June 9. Photo (c) SKP/Lensmen/Irish Photo Archive. 
Set photo (shot at Ardmore Studios in Dublin), with Joe Adams and Tom Bell,.
Probably a set photo (shot at the Gaiety?).
Set photo: 'composing' with Tom Bell.

Set photo: Ray playing an organ (NOT a Hammond, experts say).
Photo from the archives of the Philadelphia Tribune; from this same shoot?

Set photo.
3 set photos above: Mary Peach and Ray Charles.
On the set, with Paul Henreid and Tom Bell.
Set photo.
News photo.

News photo; (c) Getty/Popper.

Set photos: school scene.

 Set photos from concert scenes.

Video stills.
Theater ad from New Musical Express, February 12, 1965.
Still from the film Ballad In Blue: marquee of the Olympia Theatre, with announcement of the concert on August 5.
With Raita Johnson; photo by Siegfried Loch (probably in London).
18 June 1964
Astoria, London.
The Raelettes, from a '64 UK souvenir brochure.

7 July – Mid-September 1964
Meeting Johnny Hallyday in Paris.
On a tour that covers the British Isles (36 concerts; one of these was audiotaped - see this), Denmark (2; the one at Tivoli Gardens in Copenhagen was also taped), Sweden (8; audience of 15,000 at Gröna Lund Tivoli in Stockholm), Holland (2), Belgium, Switzerland, France (9, incl. a week at the Olympia - photo here), Morocco, Algiers, Italy (2), Japan (20; 10-day tour of Osaka Nagoya , Tokyo - Getsusekai nightclub, and Tachikawa and Fuchu U.S. air bases), Australia (10), Honolulu. Minimum guarantee for Ray's fee is $600G.
Ray Charles in '64; possibly shot at  Gröna Lund Tivoli, Stockholm.

Concert in Copenhagen; photos by Jan Persson.
Ray interviewed by Maurice “Smoothie” Cullaz, the longtime president of the French “Académie du Jazz”. Maurice and Ray were great friends: Maurice used to invite Ray for lunch or dinner whenever he was in Paris (and always asked him to play some 'dirty blues' on the house piano).
This photo (collection Joël Dufour) was made in 1963 or 1964 at the Cullaz home by Eddy Wiggins. Left to right: Catherine Cullaz, Yvonne Cullaz, photographer Eddy Wiggins’ girlfriend, singer Mimi Perrin, Maurice Cullaz.
Mimi Perrin was the founder and lead singer of Les Double Six De Paris, a close harmony group that released The Double Six of Paris Sing Ray Charles (Philips, PHM-200-141) in 1964, which was nominated for a Grammy in 1965.


9 or 10 July 1964?
Odeon, Liverpool?

10 July 1964
Odeon Theatre, Leeds.

11 July 1964
Double concert at Free Trade Hall, Manchester.

12 July 1964
Hammersmith Odeon, London.

14 July 1964
Colston, Bristol ("indisposition of two of the Raelettes" - Margie and Darlene ill in London).

18 July 1964
Astoria, Finsbury Park, London.

20 July 1964
Concert “The Man They Call Genius”, Croydon; Charlie Watts, Keith Richards, Brian Wilson in the audience. Ray Charles debut on British TV since "his concert [...] is telerecorded by Rediffusion for transmission in October. The entire second house of Charles' public performance with the orchestra will be filmed, and subsequently edited to a 45-minute TV showcase" (source: Record Mirror, August 1, 1964). Also read this.

22 July 1964
Odeon, Southend.

30 July 1964
 Gröna Lund Tivoli, Stockholm (initial date was 28th; but this was postponed because The Beatles were in town then).

2 August 1964
Star Club, Hamburg.

3 August 1964
Seen at Schiphol Airport (Amsterdam). See photos here.
With Dutch promoter Lou van Rees.
 Probably on this day: concert at Kurhaus, Scheveningen (earlier announced for May 11, with concerts at Nieuwe Rai in Amsterdam and Houtrusthallen in The Hague).
Photos by Koen Wessing.

4 August 1964
La Patinoire, Geneva ("Triomphe"; read review here; traveling with Raita Johnson).

Arriving in Geneva with Raita Johnson. From Le Matin - Tribune de Lausanne, Aug. 4.

5 August 1964
In Paris, for concert at the Olympia.

Roaming the city with Raita Johnson and Henri Goldgran.




Still from the film Ballad In Blue: marquee of the Olympia Theatre, with announcement of concert on August 5 (but the second film concert's interior sequences were filmed at the Gaiety Theatre in Dublin).
6 August 1964
Colmar, France (Johnny Hallyday in audience).
Olympia, Paris (according to first photo's caption:)



(c) Rex Features.
9 August 1964
Comblain la Tour, Belgium; taped (see this).




Ray Charles interviewed by Benoît Querson, before the concert.
The concert at Comblain-la-Tour in Belgium.


18 August 1964
 At summer music-hall La Bussola in Viareggio - "a success quite unprecedented," Cashbox wrote ("thanked the fans with his forehead touching the ground";
read  this).


21 August 1964
The Raelettes land at Tokyo Airport.

22 August 1964
Cover of 1964 Japan tour souvenir brochure.

Ray and the band land at Tokyo Airport.
Concert at Kosei-nenkin Hall, Tokyo.


23 August 1964

Nagoya.


24 August 1964
 Ft. in The Man They Call Genius, an ARTV show (UK), televised on August 26th. See above, sub July 14, and read this.


24 - 25 August 1964
Festival Hall, Osaka.

27 August 1964

Back at Kosei-nenkin Hall, Tokyo.

28 August 1964

Kyoto.
 
September 1964
Release of the single Smack Dab In The Middle / I Wake Up Crying.

1 September 1964
Aiport arrival in Australia, for double concerts in Sidney, Melbourne and Brisbane. See this and this.



2 September 1964
Melbourne, at airport with Raita Johnson.



3 September 1964
Festival Hall, Brisbane (traveling with Raita Johnson).

Photo by Ray Saunders.


Around this time in 1964
Concert(s) in Japan.
Spread from Japanese souvenir brochure. Ray playing on Hammond.



6 September 1964
Concert on Hawaii.


18 September 1964
At Spreckels Theater in San Diego.
Start of coast-to-coast tour in U.S.

Ad in Variety (Sep. 16).


19 September 1964
At Long Beach Arena.

Ad from Long Beach Press-Telegram, 6 Sep.
20 September 1964
Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles: recorded, and released as Ray Charles Live In Concert. See this.

F.l.t.r. Gwen Berry, Lillie Fort, Bobbie Pierce, Helen Bryant (from a 1964 Australia tour brochure).



Between 21 and 24 September 1964 
 Concert at Montgomery Coliseum canceled (read this, and the clipping sub 28 Sep.).

25 September 1964
Spreckels Theatre, San Diego.

26 September 1964 
Auditorium, Long Beach.

?27 September 1964? [See sub 20th]
Shrine Auditorium, LA.

28 September 1964

From Jet magazine, Oct. 15, 1964.
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Memorial Auditorium, Dallas ("4,000 Fans Riot at Blues Concert [...] when Charles, 'king of the blues' failed to appear as scheduled after tax men seized box office receipts of about $ 8,000. Police said several hundred spectators tried to storm the box office after a spokesman for the Charles troupe announced that the performance was ending at the intermission").

30 September 1964
Moody Center, Galveston.


Ad from Galveston Daily News, 26 Sep.


4 October 1964
Opera House in...


10 October 1964Minneapolis Auditorium.


11 October 1964 

Auditorium, Milwaukee (2.000 fans; "The weird tenor voice is an elastic instrument - here butter, there granite; now brimming with joy, then a plaintive wail from a jail"; read this;
"He mumbled, he moaned, he groaned, shouted, slurred, screamed"; read this and this).



17 October 1964
Auditorium, Minneapolis (gross $11,900).

18 October 1964

St. Pail Auditorium, Minneapols (gross $5,151).

23 October 1964
Massey Hall, Toronto.
Photo by Frank Lennon.

24 October 1964

Two shows at Back Bay Theatre, Boston.\
Two shows at Public Music Hall in Cleveland.
From Cleveland Plain Dealer, 4 October 1964.
30? October 1964
 Théatre St-Denis, Montreal.

31 October 1964
Arrested at Boston airport; appearing before commissioner; temporarily released; plays Boston concert at Back Bay Theater before news gets out.

November 1964
 Release of the single Makin' Whoopee (vocal) / Makin' Whoopee (instrumental).
Ad from Cashbox, Dec. 19

12 November 1964
 
Two shows at Dade County Auditorium, Miami.


21 November 1964
Jacksonville Coliseum.

24 November 1964
Preliminary hearing in Boston; judge finds probable cause, case held over for trial; bail continued.


27 November 1964
Arena, Richmond.

28 November 1964
Last gig of the year, at Brooklyn Academy of Music.

Ad in New York Amsterdam News, Nov. 14, 1963.
Ray goes home to LA.

End of November - December 1964
Home in LA.




From concert brochure.


Ray Charles with Raita Johnson, c. 1964. Both photos have handwritten notes locating them in Deauville.

With Raita Johnson, c. 1964.
With Raita Johnson, c. 1964.
With Count Basie, around 1964. The guy seen on the back may be Ray's valet, the girl on the right probably is Raita Johnson. 

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