|Photo by Aron Johnson, c. 1980.|
|With TV/event producer Jeff Margolis.|
|At RPM Studio in Los Angeles. Photo (c) LA Times.|
At a concert in Richmond:
|At unidentified venue. Photo (c) Corbis.|
|At RPM Studio, LA; photo by Henry Diltz.|
1 February 1980
On The Tonight Show. See this.
1 March 1980
Conducts first in a series of clinics by the American Association of Music Arrangers in Steinway Hall.
2 March 1980
Final scene at closing ceremony Winter Olympics, singing America; televized by ABC.
30 March 1980
Bushnell Memorial Theatre, Hartford.
6 April 1980
Temple University Music Festival.
25 - 26 April 1980
The Stone, San Francisco.
|Photos by Rodger Beltran.|
Cervantes Festival, Guanajuato.
19 May 1980
3d Annual KGSR Blues Festival, Waterloo Park, Austin (with Robert Cray a.o.).
25 - 28 April 1980
Eight shows at Stone, San Francisco (Billboard: "remains a wonder of the Western world").
4 May 1980
Inaugural Gala in Washington, DC.
16 May 1980
Howard Theatre, Washington.
27 May 1980 to 1 June 1980
Granny's Dinner Playhouse, Dallas.
13 June 1980
16 June 1980
The Blues Brothers (release date). See this. Photos here.
|Set photos, with John Landis.|
|With John Belushi, recording for The Blues Brothers at Murray Allen's Universal Recording Company in Chicago.|
20 June 1980
Playboy Jazz Fest. Photos here.
17 - 22 June 1980
Watt's Club Mozambique, Detroit.
27 June 1980
Garden Theatre, New London.
28 June 1980
Eastman Theatre, with Rochester Philharmonic.
30 June 1980
Field's Supper Club, Chicago.
2 July 1980
Le premier Festival International De Jazz, Place des Nations, Montréal. See this and this.
3 July 1980
Atlantic City Jazz Festival II at Convention Hall.
|From Baltimore Sun, 25 May 1980.|
|Before a concert in Echternach.|
6 July 1980
Festival Nuit du Glanvez, Loperhet.
7 July 1980
Olympia, Paris. Photo here.
|(c) Rex Features.|
|With valet and fans, backstage. Photo by Bertand Laforet (Gamma/Getty).|
Around this date in July 1980
Concert at second Capital Jazz Festival, UK - Cancelled because of fire.
13 July 1980
Dutch AVRO TV tapes Ray’s concert and North Sea Jazz Festival, for future transmission. See this.
|Photo by Hans Hendriks.|
17 - 20 July 1980
Lycabettus Theater, Athens.
23 July 1980
Théâtre Romain de Fourvière, Lyon.
31 July 1980
Ritz, New York.
|Photo by Chuck Pulin/Corbis.|
|News photo from unidentified source - same gig?|
|From Jet magazine.|
|Second show at Ritz or other gig in NYC?|
Release of the single Compared To What / Now That We've Found Each Other.
1 August 1980
Towson Center, Baltimore.
6 August 1980
Concert on Navy Pier at ChicagoFest. The Ray Charles Orchestra also backed Aretha Franklin. The Chicago Sun-Times captioned this photo with: "Aretha Franklin, the queen of soul, sings and Ray Charles [...] responds to cheers [...] in what Sun-Times critic Rick Kogan describes as a spine-tingling show'. [...] A surpisingly small crowd showed up for the performance. [...]." Aretha and the Ray Charles Band performed Respect, You Send Me, Rock Steady, Chain Of Fools and Think.
Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, Los Angeles (with Irene Cara).
Late August 1980
At wedding of Ray Jr.
|Duana Chenier, Ray Jr., Della Robinson, Ray Charles.|
7 September 1980
10 September 1980
Lucifer's Nightclub, Calgary
11 September 1980
Vancouver; review here.
18 September 1980
Amassador Hotel, Los Angeles.
24 September 1980
In John Schneider's Back Home (air date). See this.
Release of the single Beers To You, with Clint Eastwood. See this.
1 October 1980
Moody Civic Center, Galveston.
10 October 1980
Start of South Africa trip; arrival in Johannesburg.
In a 1988 press conference in Australia (reported by AAP, quoted from The Advertiser), Ray said:
"'South Africa is exactly the same as is happening here'[...] I got an awful lot of flak from people who thought I shouldn't have gone. We were invited by the very people our critics said were the reason we shouldn't have gone, but I don't feel it is my right to go to countries and start talking about how they ought to start handling their situations.'
He said he had not really thought about the plight of Aborigines but, if they asked, he would return to play for them just as he had responded to an invitation from the South African blacks. 'I just go to countries to play my music. All I am trying to do is just make people happy,' said Charles, 57, rocking back on his chair."
11 October 1980
Football stadium in Maseru, Lesotho.
15 and 18 October 1980
Colloseum Theatre, Johannesburg.
19 and 26 October 1980
Jabulani Centre, Soweto.
22, 24 and 25 October 1980
12 November 1980
Hill Audtorium, Ann Arbor. Read this.
21 November 1980
Avery Fisher Hall, New York.
25 November 1980
WBC's 2nd Sugar Ray (Charles) Leonard Vs. Roberto Duran Fight at the Louisiana Superdome in New Orleans. See this.
|Photo by Manny Millan.|
26 November 1980
Two shows at Grand Ballroom, Hyatt Regency Hotel, New Orleans (with Freddie Hubbard).
Taping of the Hee Haw episode where Ray sings Jealous Heart and Makin' Believe (aired in March 1981). See this.
24 December 1980
Noël Avec Ray Charles (France 2; air date; probably identical with Christmas In Ettal). See this.
|The Raelettes, c. 1980.|