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02 September 2010

Ray Charles Is In Town - Chronology 1992

Photo (taken in New York) by Bruce Webber.


Photos by Patrick Harbron.
Interviewed for Smoothie documentary. See this.
Ft. in documentary Willie Nelson – My Life. See this.
Some time during the year a gig at Caesar's, Atlantic City. 

1 January 1992
Interviewed in Nightline: Reliving The Glory Days Of The Apollo Theatre (air date). See this.

1 February 1992
Living legends honoree, LA; Black History Month.

7 and 8 February 1992
Center for the Performing Arts, Gainesville.

14 February 1992
Honored by The County of Los Angeles Public Library.

15 February 1992
Honored by Black History Month at A.C. Bilbrew Library, Los Angeles.

19 February 1992
Inducted in Florida Artists Hall Of Fame ("A piano awaited Charles, but he declined to perform, saying he never sings in the morning"). See this.

17 March 1992
Arco Arena, Sacramento, with Sacramento Symphony (5,000 attending; $40,000 profit on box office revenues; "will help dramatically in solving the symphony association's cash-flow problems and meeting payrolls for the remainder of the season").

April 1992
A series of proposed anti-AIDS ads starring Whoopi Goldberg, George Burns and Ray Charles rejected by the Centers for Disease Control. See this.

10 and 11 April 1992
Lincoln Symphony Orchestra's spring pops concerts in the Lied Center for Performing Arts; tickets $20, $30, $40.

16 April 1992
On Tonight Show. See this.

25 April 1992
At ASSN Convention at Convention Center, Orlando

30 April 1992
SunFest at Flagler Drive, West Palm Beach (with Carole King, Kenny Loggins, Buddy Guy, Rickie Lee Jones, Arturo Sandoval, Najee, Tom Grant). 

3 May 1992
SunFest, Palm Beach.

8 May 1992

Symphony Hall, Salt Lake City, with Utah Symphony.

10 May 1992
Salt Lake City's Symphony Hall with Utah Symphony.

27 May 1992
Inducts Nat Cole into Songwriters Hall of Fame during 23d annual Songwriters Hall of Fame Dinner and Induction Ceremonies at Sheraton Hotel, New York. See this.
Ray Charles and Paul Anka; photo possibly shot at this event.

30 May 1992
"With singer Ray Charles supervising, the orchestral and choral portions of composer Quincy Jones'"Black Requiem" were recorded at Radford University by the Roanoke Symphony Orchestra and the 55-member Voices of Roanoke. Charles will add his solos to the recording later in his Los Angeles recording studio.The 61-year-old rhythm-and-blues star spent most of Saturday with engineers in a mobile recording studio [...]". Also see this

2 June 1992
Interview on The Early Show. See this.

4 June 1992
State Theatre in Minneapolis.
5 June 1992
Chicago Theatre.

6 June 1992
Columbus Arts Festival, Palace Theatre ("feet tapping, socks drooping and hands flailing").

7 June 1992
Elm St. Auditorium in Nashua, N.H., benefit for Breast Cancer Center at Boston's Faulkner Hospital.
Verizon Wireless Music Center, Noblesville.

10 June 1992
Faulkner Breast Center, Boston; benefit for breast cancer research.

11 June 1992
Boston Garden (for Lotus Software); with Gladys Knight.

12 - 13 June 1992
Valley Forge Music Fair, Devon.

14 June 1992
Westbury Music Fair, Westbury.

18 June 1992

Fraze Pavilion For The Performing Arts, Kettering.

19 June 1992
Front Row, Cleveland.

20 June 1992
Meadow Brook Music Festival, Rochester Hills. 

22 June 1992
With B.B. King, Buddy Guy, Dr. John and the Fabulous Thunderbirds
jamming at Downtime Bar, New York, to announce their Blues Festival '92 Tour.

25 June 1992
Capitol Music Hall, Wheeling. Photos here.

26 June 1992
25th Hampton Jazz festival.

27 June 1992
JVC Jazz festival at Avery Fisher Hall, New York; with B.B. King ("Mr. Charles is the most perfect example of the popular singer's art I can think of. The operatic voice, unaided by amplification, has always depended on invulnerability for success; faltering of tone production has equaled failed performance. In Mr. Charles's world, faltering becomes a powerful tool, an appeal to his audience for indulgence, sympathy, even help. His singing rasps and strains; it moves between hesitant croaks and falsetto. Indeed, there is always the illusion of a striving for vocal sound not quite within his capability, as if the singer were circling a world of completeness he knows he can never enter. Just as American comedians win audiences by laying bare personal inadequacies, Mr. Charles, on a much higher artistic level, commands us by his sublime failures, spread out naked before his listeners. Never forget, however, that these futilities are less fact than illusion. Every stringy, gritty tone that comes out of Mr. Charles's mouth is exquisitely tuned, and what in a conventional voice would be considered dry and ugly has for him a resonance that carries surely, even at the quietest levels. Few musicians of any genre are so in command of their musical ideas and so capable of manipulating them for spur-of-the-moment invention"; read review here).

29 June 1992
Fraze Pavilion for the Performing Arts, Kettering.

From 1992 European Tour brochure.

1 July 1992
Gröna Lund, Stockholm.

2 July 1992
Spektrum, Oslo.

3 July 1992
Festival in Gothenburg.

5 July 1992
Folkspark, Ahus.
Photos by Bitte Yue.

8 July 1992
Stadtpark, Hamburg; with Nancy Wilson; review here.
Photo by Hardy Schiffler.

9 July 1992
Festhalle Frankfurt.
Poster for the Jazz Gala '92/Giants of Blues & Jazz show, co-billed with Dizzie Gillespie and Nancy Wilson.

11 July 1992
Borg Ruine, Karlsbastion, Singen.
Festival venue left. Photo by David Hoffman.

12 July 1992
Katschof, Aachen.

14 July 1992
Royal Festival Hall, London. ("Charles's reputation would be secure even if he devoted the rest of his career to Gregorian chant, but for now it is cheering to note that he is probably the last man alive who can tease his backing vocalists by shouting 'Sock it to me, baby' and get away with it"; read this).

15 July 1992
Empress Ballroom, Blackpool Jazz festival.

18 July 1992
Remparts de Mousserolles, Bayonne.
Guest at Whitney Houston and Bobby Brown's wedding, in a gazebo on Houston's Mendham, New Jersey estate.

19 July 1992
Espace Auditorium, Sully.

20 July 1992
Pinède, Juan les Pins. See this. Photo here.

21 July 1992 
Patinoire, Megève.

22 July 1992
Rudi-Sedelmayer-Halle, Munich.

25 July 1992
Atwood Concert Hall of the Alaska Center for the Performing Arts, Anchorage.

28 and 29 July 1992
Parker's, Seattle; read review here, and a great story by musician/fan Doc Williamson here.

31 July 1992
11th annual Mt. Hood Festival of Jazz.

7 August 1992
Caesars, Atlantic City.

14 August 1992
Warwick Musical Theatre.

15 August 1992
Oakdale Theater in Wallingford.

16 August 1992
Waterloo Village, Stanhope.

18 August 1992
Wolf Trap Filene Center, Vienna.

26 August 1992
South Shore Music Circus, Cohasset ("ushering more than 1,400 devotees on a saucy, sultry sashay through gut-raw jazz, country, pop and soul").

27 August 1992
Concert in Cohasset ("solid throughout, and at moments astonishing").

28 August 1992
Tanglewood, Lenox.
Photo by Lee Everett.
29 August 1992
Amphitheater, Chautauqua.

30 August 1992
Melody Fair, North Tonawanda, Buffalo ("If God ever sang the blues, the sound that would come out would be Ray Charles'voice").

2 September 1992
With B.B. King, Buddy Guy, Dr. John and the Fabulous Thunderbirds at Blues Music Festival, at the Jones Beach Theatre in Wantagh.

5 September 1992
Riverport Amphitheatre, St. Louis.

7 September 1992
40th anniversary of the Children's Center for the Visually Impaired at the Hyatt Regency Crown Center Hotel, Kansas.

17 and 18 September 1992
Humphrey's, San Diego; postponed to 29 and 30 September, "to accommodate soft- drink TV commercial filming".

19 September 1992
Universal Amphitheatre, Los Angeles.

20 - 22 September 1992
Coach House, San Juan Capistrano; tickets at $39.50. Read review here.

26 September 1992
Paul Masson Mountain Winery in Saratoga.

28 September 1992
Kern County Fair Grandstand, Bakersfield.

29 and 30 September 1992
Humphrey's, San Diego (also cf. 17 and 18 September).

3 October 1992
Paramount Fall Gala, UTTM.

8 October 1992
Performs at Mall Of America Gala (Ray scores $50,000). See this.
Minges Coliseum in Greenville.

11 October 1992
Fox Theatre, Atlanta.

15 October 1992

In the Ballroom of the Joseph Koury Convention Center at Holiday Inn Four Seasons, Greensboro.

21 October 1992

Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall ("knocking the audience out of their chairs").

22 October 1992

Ruth Eckerd Hall; tickets $25 - $29.

23 October 1992

Raymond F. Kravis Center in West Palm Beach ("playing the keyboard, his feet skittering and skipping back and forth, his legs twining and untwining, his body jerking and swaying, enslaved by the rhythm. Is he milking the groove or is the groove milking him? It's always so hard to tell").

24 October 1992

Broward Center for the Performing Arts, Fort Lauderdale ("It was as if he had gathered the 2,500 people in the audience around him to tell them the story of his life").

31 October 1992

Braden Auditorium, Illinois State University, Bloomington; tickets $21-$25.
Photo probably made at this concert.
3 November 1992
At RPM Studio in Los Angeles, photo shoot for Musician Magazine, by Patrick Harbron ("can’t remember what he said to make him laugh").

15 November 1992
Ventura Concert Theatre; read story here.
On Donahue: 25th Anniversary Show. See this.

18 November 1992
WordPerfect 1992 Comdex party at Caesars Palace.

25 November 1992
Circle Star Center, San Carlos.

Ad in Billboard (Oct. 17, 1992) for Uh-huh branded compilation.

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