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24 August 2010

Ray Charles Is In Town - Chronology 1967



Three pics taken at unidentified venue, in or around '67.

Ad in Cash Box, Feb. 1967.
Ad in Ebony, March 1967. 
Recording at RPM, Los Angeles, with Ed Willis, c. 1967.

Circa 1967.
Turtleneck with cufflinks?! Photo by U. Schwenn, probably made in Germany. Original caption dates it in 1965.
Ray Charles and Fred Morrell playing chess on the bus; jazz critic Leonard Feather looking over Fred's shoulder, Billy Preston right (c. 1967).

1967

Trade ad William Morris.
Probably at a concert in France. Photo by Jean-Louis Ligonnet.
From tour brochure. 
Here We Go Again peaks at #15 on Pop Chart and #5 on R&B, Yesterday at #25 on Pop and #9 on R&B, In The Heat Of The Night at #33 on Pop and #21 on R&B.
Ray Charles Invites You To Listen peaks at #76 on Pop Album Chart.
Ray features in Coca Cola commercials. See this.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 


Coca Cola print campaign. Note Billy Preston in top right hand corner.
Also stars in Coca Cola (advertorial) print campaign (photography by Joe Adams):

Coca Cola Christmas '67 print campaign.
Receives Golden Spike Award 1966 for Coca Cola Commercial 'String',  with Waymon Wright (prob. in Aug. '67).

January 1967
Recording session (a.o. Here We Go Again) at RPM International in Los Angeles.

February 1967
Release of the single I Want To Talk About You / Something Inside Me.
Ad from Cash Box.
On and around 23 February 1967
The Raelettes co-billed with Marvin Gaye at Ciro's in Los Angeles.
From Los Angeles Sentinel, Feb. 23.

2 - 3 March 1967
Wins two Grammy awards for Crying Time. The award show, titled Best On Record, aired the next day. See this.



Contact sheet; Ray Charles bottom left & right; (c) Michael Ochs Archives / Getty Images.


27 March 1967
Was this picture (by Joe Adams?) taken at this occasion?
3-hour benefit concert aboard the aircraft carrier Constellation, docked in San Diego Harbor and bound for Vietnam, for 3,000 sailors and their families. Great story in LA Times of March 31:


31 March - 9 April 1967
Royal Tahitian, Ontario (CA); twice nightly, 3 shows on Saturday.

April 1967
Release of the single Here We Go Again / Somebody Ought to Write a Book About It.
Trade ad in Billboard, May 20, 1967.

?5 April 1967?
Latin Casino, Cherry Hill.

9 April 1967
Flying to Athens for concert at Greece Jazz Festival.

11 April 1967
Recording session (a.o. Understanding) at RPM International in Los Angeles.

15 April 1967
Mayser Gymnasium, Franklin and Marshall College; review here.

16 April 1967
Jorgensen Auditorium, University of Connecticut.
Ad from Hartford Courant, 6 Apr.

18 April 1967
Start of European tour (announced in Billboard as: Barcelona, Manchester, London, Copenhagen, Stockholm, Malmö, Hamburg, Frankfort, Milan and Berlin).
Copenhagen, April 1967; photo by Jan Persson.
Copenhagen, April 1967; photo by Bent Rej.
Interviewed on arrival in Paris. See this.
Double concert at Salle Pleyel in Paris, taped by Europe No 1, grossing $22,000 (source). Also see this.



Photo: Reporters Associés/Gamma/Getty.

19 and 20 April 1967
Hot Club de Barcelona, Palacio de la Musica; 2 days for 2 double concerts each. Read review here.



20 April 1967
Concert in Milan.
Photo by Ferdinando Scianna.
Photos by Roberto Polillo.
From L'Europeo magazine, May '67, possibly taken during this tour.
Prob. at this same concert. The saxophone player might be Curtis Amy.

21 April 1967
Free Trade Hall, Manchester.

22 April 1967
Royal Festival Hall, London. "Ray also amused with a humorous monologue about becoming a British citizen if he could learn English."

24 April 1967
Falkoner Centret, Copenhagen.

26 April 1967
Kungliga Tennishallen, Stockholm.


27 April 1967
Stadteater, Malmö.

Two pages from a Malmö Stadteater brochure. Did Coca Cola just tie in with an ad, or did they sponsor the concert?

***conflicting with:***

A Ray Charles show from the flight deck of the carrier Constellation in San Diego.

29 April 1967
Poster.
 Frankfurt; taped - see this.
Photos taken at a concert in Germany, possibly this one in Frankfurt (cf. this).


30 April 1967
Teatro Lirico, Milan; announcement here.


Early May 1967
4 nights in Barcelona ("satisfying artistically but not commercially", according to Variety).

3 May 1967
Sport Palast in Berlin; taped - see this.
In Paris for France Inter radio show Pop Club; with host José Arthur, Annick Sauvrezy (according to caption to this photo:)

Photo possibly taken on this same day.

6 May 1967
Roberts Center, Boston.


7 May 1967
University Center, St. Bonaventure University.


11 May 1967
Veterans Memorial Auditorium, Ohio State University (with Billy Preston).

13 May 1967
Carnegie Hall, New York.



14 May 1967
Studio Arena Theater or Kleinhans Music Hall, Buffalo.

17 May 1967
Fresno.

18 May 1967
Concert in Stockton.
Jet Magazine publishes squib (also see below, 8 December):


19 May 1967
Diablo Valley College, Pleasant Hill.

20 May 1967
Gig at SDSU Peterson Gym in San Diego (with Billy Preston and Chelsea Brown). "The highlight of the first half was the performance of newcomer Billy Preston, who played piano with the band, sang and played organ on 'Shot Gun', danced the jerk, and did a song-and-dance routine to 'Double-O-Soul'. The young entertainer did a fantastic job on 'Somewhere' from 'West Side Story; which he played in classical 'soul' and baroque styles [...]" (review in Aztec college paper).

26 May 1967
UoC, Santa Barbara.

27 May 1967
San Mateo.

In or around June 1967
Recording session for In The Heat Of The Night at RPM International in Los Angeles.

June 1967
Release of album Ray Charles Invites You To Listen.

1 - 10 June 1967
Zebra Lounge, Manchester.


23 June 1967
Two shows at Armory, Wilmington.

24 June 1967
Constitution Hall concert; future president Bill Clinton in the audience. See this.


25 June 1967
Oakdale, Wallingford.

July 1967
Celebrating 20th anniversary in show business, receives plaque from LA city councilman at City Hall.

1 July 1967
Convention Hall, Asbury Park.

9 July 1967
19th Barnum Festival, Bridgeport.

15 July 1967
Assembly Center, Tulsa.

17 July 1967
Will Rogers Auditorium, Fort Worth.

18 July 1967
Municipal Auditorium, Austin.
20 July 1967
Dane County Coliseum, Madison.

23 July 1967
Convention Hall, Asbury Park.
Civic Center, Baltimore; with Stevie Wonder opening ("Stevie Wonder Steals Show From Ray Charles"). Read review here.
Ad in Baltimore Sun, 9 July 1967.

August 1967
Release of the single In The Heat Of The Night / Something's Got to Change.

2 - 6, 9 - 11 August 1967 (off Mon. 7 and Tues. 8)
Three Rivers Inn, Syracuse.

12 August 1967
New York Jazz Festival, at Downing Stadium, Randall's Island.

13 August 1967
"Holiday for Jazz" concert at Victory Field, Indianapolis (with Jack McDuff, Jimmy McGriff).

Mid August 1967
Concert in Atlanta at the Steel Pier (with the Band within a Band and Billy Preston); receives Coca Cola's Golden Spike award.
From Baltimore Afro-American Aug 19.

16 August 1967
Interviewed at Essendon Airport, near Melbourne. Read this. See this.

18 August 1967
Concert in Melbourne. Also look here. Broadcast as The Genius Of Ray Charles, Live In Australia (tv recording). See this.

21 August 1967
Arrival with Della & press conference on Brisbane Airport, concert at Festival Hall, Brisbane.
Concert in Sydney Stadium.
"[A]t Mascot Airport [...] on his arrival in Sydney. [Ray] Charles was interviewed on the subject of racial problems in the states, drugs and his life in general, all of which he answered rationally and sensibly."

 23 24 August 1967
International Center in Honolulu, after 24-hour delay of jet flight (4,756 payees).

25 August - 3 September 1967
Leo's Casino, Cleveland.

9 - 10 September 1967
Melody Fair, North Tonawanda (with Chelsea Brown and Billy Preston).

13 September 1967
Convention Hall, San Diego.

15 September 1967
Anaheim Convention Center, LA.


Ad from Long Beach Independent Press, 20 Aug.

17 September 1967
Hollywood Palladium.

25 September 1967
Annual Leo's Casino date in Cleveland.

26 September to 12 October 1967
Three weeks at Harrah's in Reno.

October 1967
Release of the single Yesterday / Never Had Enough of Nothing Yet.
Congressional resolution commending Ray for charitable and professional achievements.
Trade ad in Billboard, November 4, 1967.
13 October 1967
Civic Center, Charleston (with Billy Preston, Chelsea Brown (grossing $13,789); followed by reception at Heart 'O Town Motor Inn.
Ad from Charleston Daily Mail, 29 Sep.

14 October 1967
Kennedry Hall, St. Vincent College, Latrobe.

21 October 1967
(Perspective modified).
Kent State University Homecoming concert at Memorial Gym; co-billed with Louis Armstrong. See this.

24 October 1967

Queen Elizabeth Theatre, Vancouver (gross $11,400).

27 October 1967
Southern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium, Calgary.

28 October 1967
Center Arena, Seattle (with Billy Preston).

Ad from Seattle Times, 22 Oct.

29 October 1967
Community Theater, Berkeley.

November 1967
Performing in "The Nashville Sound", a segment of NBC's Kraft Music Hall. See this.

3 November 1967
Nicholson Pavilion, Central Washington State College Campus.


7 November 1967
Broadcast of The Genius Of Ray Charles, Live In Australia, part 1. See this.

12 November 1967

Auditorium Theater, Chicago.


14 November 1967
 Chicago, rehearsing for series of concerts (trombonist Frederic 'Keg' Johnson found dead in hotel room "apparently from a heart attack")
Monmouth College at Alumni Memorial Gymnasium.


15 November 1967
Ole Miss Colosseum, Greenville.


18 and 19 November 1967
Concerts in Chicago.

18 to 20 November 1967

Salle Wilfrid Pelletier, Place des Arts, Montreal. Read review here. These photos are from a concert in Montreal, but might be from another year:






21 November 1967
Harrah's, Reno.

22 November 1967
On The Nashville Sound special, with Dinah Shore. See this.



With Eddy Arnold, Johnny Mercer, and Dinah.

23 November to 7 December 1967
Copacabana, New York. The Los Angeles Sentinel of November 9 reported that the opening night performance was to be "waxed live" by ABC-Paramount Records. This plan never materialized, but did any taping of it 
survive?
Review in Billboard, Dec. 2.
From Los Angeles Sentinel, Dec 7.

25 November 1967
Drive-In Theatre, Great Bend.

30 November 1967

Interview in Downbeat.

December 1967
Release of the single Come Rain Or Come Shine / Tell Me You'll Wait For Me.
  Recording for Portrait Of Ray in LA.

3 December 1967
Ed Sullivan Show.

8 December 1967
$6 million libel suit against Jet magazine (Johnson Publishing) which had implied that Charles bribed police in a narcorics case (also see above, 18 May):


9 December 1967

The Spectrum in Philadelphia; with Hugh Masekela and Flip Wilson.

10 December 1967
Rinkeydinks' annual Candlelight Supper Dance, Hilton Hotel, New York.

  Al Hibbler takes photo of Ray ; from New York Amsterdam News, Dec. 16, 1967.

Last week of December 1967
Engagement at Copacabana, New York.


28 December 1967
Masonic Auditorium, San Francisco.


29 December 1967
Civic Auditorium, Santa Monica.


30 December 1967
Civic Auditorium, San Jose.


31 December 1967
 Civic Center, Pasadena.


Ray Charles and Bobby Womack (c. 1967).

From Ebony, Oct. 1967.

1967 or 1968.
Unidentified concert, c 1967.

1 comment :

  1. [Part #1,of three + picture] The "way too amazing story", as Barbara B. said is rite here in my head. I'll tell it. Ray never signed autographs so I have pix as verification. Ray never took song request ether but he did that night. That's what the story is about. Starts early at the concert cause The Ray Charles Band plays jazz to warm up for at least an hour before Ray even comes on stage. One has to know to get there early to hear the best music ever. Like a concert within a concert and my entourage was doing a little warming up ourselves --- this was UGA, 1967. Philip Gilbru on trumpet, Hank Crawford on baritone sax, and David 'fathead' Newman on tenor. Also, Joe Adams, Ray's announcer and master of ceremonies, was up on stage talking to someone. The entire band was there. We were there... first ones at the new coliseum and right on the first row.

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