|Photo by Ozier Muhammad.|
19 to 24 April 1977
Playhouse Square State Theatre, Cleveland OH (17,500 people).
7 May 1977
Two concerts at Auditorium Theatre, Chicago IL; benefit for the Chicago Jaycee's community service programs.
15 May 1977
Stegton's Regency Ballroom, Saint Charles MO.
19 May 1977
Airport Hilton Hotel, Memphis TN. Photo here.
29 May 1979
Possible contribution to NAACP Memorial Day Tribute (with Aretha Franklin) at Sports Arena, Los Angeles CA.
5 June 1977
|Ad from Dallas Morning News, 1 May.|
Paramount Theatre, Oakland CA.
The 'signed' photo below was shot at the Tivoli Konsercal in Copenhagen by Gorm Valentin, according to its source, in 1977. It could be, so far, the only trace of a European tour during this year.
1 July 1977
With Dee Dee Bridgewater at Operation Push Founders Banquet in Ambassador Hotel in Los Angeles.
On Midnight Special. See this.
Leaving for a tour to Australia, Switzerland and Japan ("Miss Trudy Cohran [...] said that she was "very excited" about her recent selection and said that she hopes that she will fit into the group perfectly. "He said my voice was what he needed," she said"). On 3 September the Tri-State Defender reported that Ray had selected a second girl from the Operation PUSH Ensemble Choir: Deborah Gleese. "Miss Gleese has already begun her training with the group. She left over the weekend enroute to Los Angeles, for training and from there she will be going to Portland, Oregon for a concert and then to Washington".
3 and 4 August 1977
Two shows at Godfather Lounge, Brownsville TX.
8 - 9 August 1977
Harlequin Theatre, Atlanta GA.
31 August - 1 September1977
Oregon State Fair, Salem OR.
Centennial Concert Hall, Winnipeg MB.
22 September 1977
With Gladys Knight & The Pips at the Greek Theater in Los Angeles. See this.
23 September 1977
With Gladys Knight & her Pips at Greek Theatre, Berkeley CA.
26 September - 1 October 1977
JB's Club, Hyatt Regency, Dearborn MI.
|Ray and Ahmet at the signing ceremony.|
|Signing of new Atlantic contract. Atlantic VP Hillery Johnson, Ray Charles, Ahmet Ertegun. |
This archive photo had a date stamp "October 29, 1979".
Austrasia tour to Hong Kong, Manilla, Thailand, Singapore, Indonesia, Australia, playing theatres, military bases and hotels.
5 (or 12?) October 1977
The Lee Theatre, Hong Kong.
|This picture may have been was shot at this occasion.|
8 November 1977
12 November 1977
On Saturday Night Live. See this.
|Backstage, with producer Lorne Michaels. Photo by Joe Adams.|
|Blackout Burglary sketch.|
|Ray Charles, Bill Murray, Gilda Radner, John Belushi, Laraine Newman, Jane Curtin, Garrett Morris, Dan Aykroyd.|
|With the Young Caucasians.|
|Ray Charles, Phil Gilbeau, Marcus Belgrave, Hank Crawford, David Newman, Leroy Cooper.|
|With The Raelettes.|
15 to 20 November 1977
Palace Theatre, Cleveland OH.
|From Cleveland Plain Dealer, 2 Oct.|
19 December 1977
28 December 1977 - 1 January 1978
Eight shows at the Circle Star in San Carlos CA; with The Spinners.