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31 August 2010

Ray Charles Is In Town - Chronology 1983


At the West Gym of the University of Binghamton. Contact sheet by Matt Mendelsohn.
Photo by Nancy Clendaniel.

Born To Love Me peaks at #20 on Country Chart, Ain't Your Memory Got No Pride At All at #82, and  3/4 Time at #37 on Country.
Wish You Were Here Tonight peaks at #29 on Country Album Chart.
Ft. in PSA for USA Space Foundation (year not sure). See this.
In a C&W show hosted by Lacy J. Dalton (title unknown). See this.

8 January 1983
A Celebration of Life: A Tribute to Martin Luther King Jr., at Kennedy Center's Concert Hall, with Lena Horne, Ben Kingsley, Louis Gossett Jr, Robert Guillaume a.o. See this.

19 January 1983
At Del Mar Fairgrounds in San Diego.

23 January 1983
On Cerebral Palsy Telethon. See this.

7 February 1983
In Hallelujah Gospel (air date, taped in 1982). See this.

23 February 1983
Piano battle with Count Basie, Little Richard and Jerry Lee Lewis on 25th Grammy Awards show. See this.
Release of album Wish You Were Here Tonight.
Release of the single 3/4 Time / You Feel Good All Over. See clip.
Set of the music clip 3/4 Time, with David Perkins.

12 and 13 March 1983
Quincy Jones celebrates his 50th birthday with two benefit concerts for Seattle's Garfield Highschool and Seattle Central Community College, both with Ray Charles. See this

15 March 1983
At White House East Room, where the Reagans hosted members of the Country Music Association.

16 March 1983
On Salute To Country Music, the CMA's CBS-TV special, with Willie Nelson and other country music artists at Constitution Hall in Washington (recording date, aired on 13 April 1983; president & vice president plus 1st and 2nd ladies in the audience; see this. Photo here. See also this and this and this.

11 April 1983
The Saddle Rock, San Jose.

13 April 1983
Double concert at Tagus Ranch, Tulare.

Air date of CMA's 25th Anniversary Concert. See this.

14 April 1983
Beverly Theatre, Beverly Hills ("The man has such a wonderful voice, he could sing the evening news and you'd be glad to hear it").

24 April 1983
Ft. in Our Largest Minority - The Disabled (air date). See this.
Constitution Hall, Washington; with Aretha Franklin.

25 April 1983
Fox Theatre, Atlanta.

Photos by Rick Diamond/Getty.
26 April 1983
Apparel Mart in Atlanta. More photos here.

Photos by Enid Farber.
1 May 1983
Busch Gardens, Los Angeles.

6 May 1983
Meyerhoff Symphony Hall, Baltimore.

7 May 1983
Richie's, Kenner, LA.

10 May 1983
Receives UCLA distinguished Humanitarian Award at ceremonies, "attended by nearly 1,000 students who gave him a standing ovation".

11 May 1983
At Front Row in or near Cleveland.

12 May 1983
Premier Center, Sterling Heights.

13 May 1983
Performing in Chicago.

On the same day (according to credits to these photos):
Star Plaza Theater, Merillville.

18 May 1983
Sams Center at Trinity University, Austin. Photos here.

19 May 1983
Civic Center, El Paso.

22 May 1983
Hult Center for the Performing Arts, Eugene.
Hyatt Regency, Oakland.
Photo by Ron Riesterer.

29 May 1983
Palais des Congres, Paris.

Photos by Michel Philippot.
2 June 1983
Palais des Sports, Metz ("Charles a offert aux orphelins du rythm and blues, du gospel et du jazz de "mama" pour les choyer. L'orchestre et les choeurs se hissaient à la hauteur de cet extraordinaire bonhomme en veste rouge et noir. Parfois pantin désarticulé, parfois baril de dynamite, pieuvre posée sur le clavier d'un piano, le "Genius" a prouvé qu'il n'était pas mort. La critique parisienne l'a quelque peu boudé. Moi, je vous dis qu'il reste un phénomène. Mieux, qu'il est un phénomène. That's what I say.").

4 June 1983
Kongresshaus, Bad Gastein.
Ray Charles + entourage searched for drugs in Austria; cancels two concerts ("arrested for one hour by the Austrian police on suspicion of drug trafficking. The scandal [...] erupted in the early afternoon on Saturday at Salzburg airport [...]. 'In all my life such a thing never happened before, not even in Russia or China,' said Ray Charles. The raid [...] prevented the group to arrive in time in Bad Gastein where their first concert was scheduled in the afternoon. As a small consolation, for fans who did not want to recover money for the ticket, Ray Charles has performed a few songs at a hotel bar in plano [...]. The management of the Grand Hotel Europe, organizer of the evening, was not intending to pay Ray ( ($ 24,000 for the two concerts) [because] the singer failed to comply with his exclusive contract, while he had also planned concerts in Burgenland." Source (Italian): here.

6 June 1983

7 June 1983
Centennial Concert Hall, Winnipeg.

11 June 1983
Margeritha, Genoa. Read review here.

12 June 1983
Teatro Romano, Cagliari; partially broadcast live - see this.

13 June 1983
Theatre Tent at Lampugnano in Milan.
Possibly around this time:
Concert at Emerald Theatre in Milan. See photo here, and extensive photo series here.

19 June 1983
Elks Club, Long Beach.

28 June 1983
JVC Jazz Festival, Avery Fisher Hall, New York; $17.50-$35.

30 June 1983
Centennial Concert Hall, Winnipeg.

1 July 1983
Ray's plane spotted in Winnipeg:
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2 July 1983
Avery Fisher Hall, New York; with B.B. King ("These two musical giants make a particularly winning combination because one is an inspired iconoclast, the other a monumental classicist [...]"; read review here).

3 July 1983
Kool Jazz Festival at Avery Fisher Hall in New York; with B.B. King. Photos here, here and here.

Photo(s?) by Rene Perez.

Source: here; more here. 

4 July 1983
At Théâtre St-Denis, Festival International De Jazz De Montréal. See this.

7 July 1983
2 concerts at Broadway Restaurant in Reykjavik.
From Visir, Iceland (6 July): "Ray Charles Coming Tomorrow".
From a review in Tíminn Sunnudagsblad, July 9.

9 July 1983
Congresgebouw, North Sea Jazz Festival, The Hague.
Photo by Rob Bogaerts.

16 July 1983
Double concert at Les Escaldes, Andorra.

17 July 1983
Concert at Wiesen Rock Jazz Festival in Austria.

19 July 1983.

22 July 1983
Interviewed before concert in Salon de Provence. See this. More photos here.

Summer 1983 (prob. around this day)
Concert in Le Touquet-Paris-Plage.

23 July 1983
Wald Bühne, Berlin.

August 1983
Release of the single Ain't Your Memory Got No Pride At All / I Don't Want No Strangers Sleepin' In My Bed.

10 August 1983
The Stone, San Francisco.

August 1983
Taping of Ray Charles - A Man And His Soul, A 40th Anniversary Celebration at the Coconut Grove in LA; syndicated nationally as of September '83. See this.
Publicity photo.

1 August 1983
Stratford Festival, Festival Theatre, Detroit.

12 August 1983
Sonoma County Fairgrounds. Many more photos here.
Photo by Richard Pechner.

2 September 1983
Sullivan Sports Arena, Anchorage.

3 or 5 September 1983
Bumbershoot 1983 (billed with The Animals, Three Dog Night, Bo Diddley, Oingo Boingo, Betty Carter, Willie Dixon, King Sunny Ade, Charles Lloyd, Shadowfax, Danny O'keefe, Will Ackerman, The Busboys, Ken Kesey, Anli Sugano, and more) at Seattle Center.

4 September 1983
Photo by Lauren Deutsch.
Billed as "Ray Charles Reunion Band" at Chicago Jazz Festival.
Backstage at Chicago Jazz Festival: Marcus Belgrave - tp, Bernard Purdie - dm, Phil Guilbeau - tp, Ray Charles - vo, p, David Newman - ts, unknown, Hank Crawford - as.
Chicago Jazz Festival at Grant Park, Chicago (93,000 spectators); reunited with his original band (full line-up: Marcus Belgrave, Phil Guilbeau - tp; Hank Crawford - as; David Newman - ts; Leroy Cooper - bs; Phil Upchurch - g; Calvin Newborn - b; Bernard Purdie - dm). They notably performed Let's Go Get Stoned.
*Same day:* 
Pier 6, Baltimore.

16 September 1983
Heinz Hall, Pittsburgh ("Charles [...] remains the essence of soul"; read review here).

21 September 1983
Civic Center, Peoria.

22 September 1983
For University of Michigan at Hill Auditorium in Ann Arbor (with Marcus Belgrave Sextet).
Eugene 'Big Bubba' Ross on guitar. Photo by Andrew Sacks.

28 September 1983
Pavilion at Rawhide, for the concert A Man and His Soul, for Friends of Channel 8.

29 September 1983
Annual Awards Dinner of the Good Shepherd Center for Independent Living at the Hilton Hotel in Los Angeles.

October 1983
At unidentified event with Smokey Robinson.

2 October 1983
Rialto Square Theatre, Chicago.

5 - 9 October 1983
Granny's Dinner Playhouse, Dallas.

12 October 1983
Opry's 58th Birthday.

Mid October 1983
Spending an extra $13,000 to make it to concert in Nashville (supposed to fly from Texas, but bad weather and a malfunctioning radar scope on the Viscount 400 grounded the group; Charles was forced to charter a jet).
Carolina Theatre, Greensboro.

14 October 1983
Sam's Town, Las Vegas.

16 October 1983
Fabulous Fox Theater, St. Louis.

17 October 1983
First Avenue, Minneapolis.

23 October 1983
Ft. in Ronnie Milsap’s In Celebration. See this.

27 October 1983
Candlewood Playhouse, New Fairfield.

30 October 1983
Double concert at Fisher Theatre, Detroit.

November 1983
Release of the single We Didn't See A Thing / I Wish You Were Here Tonight (with George Jones & Chet Atkins).

2 November 1983
Concert in Greensboro.

3 November 1983
Riverside Theatre, Vero Beach; tickets $20-$25.

6 November 1983
Ruth Eckard Hall, Clearwater ("It is uncanny how far he can get from the original, pulling and twisting it out of shape and reharmonizing it [...]"; read review here).

7 November 1983
Lake Mirror Center, Lakeland.

8 to 13 November 1983
Valley Forge Music Fair, with Lou Rawls and Sister Sledge; tickets at $14.75-$17.75.
From Valley Forge program brochure. Coll. Harry Irvin.

15 to 20 November 1983
Valley Forge Music Fair.

23 November 1983
Orpheum Theater, Omaha ("[…] he could not refrain from bopping to the music even before he sat down. Once at his piano, he was a live wire of activity, pumping keys").

Early December 1983
Sahara Casino, Las Vegas.
Eugene 'Big Bubba' Ross removed from stage. See this.

3 December 1983
Quincy Jones – A Celebration (benefit for music education, $250 per ticket, black tie) in Seattle, with 40-piece orchestra. See this.

4 December 1983
On NAACP Image Award show, at the Hollywood Palladium. See this and this.

New Years Eve Show in Seattle, possibly in 1983.

Recording in Nashville, with Bucky Barrett.
Unidentified location, early 1980s.

Photos taken at 3 concerts in France, prob. in the summer of '83 (unidentified photographer(s), represented by AurorePhot).

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