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03 September 2010

Ray Charles Is In Town - Chronology 1993

Concert in New York (at Blue Note?). Photo by Roxanne Lewit.

 
Concert in Waterford; photo by John Minihan.
Photo by Donn Young.
Concert in Pittsburgh.
Concert at unknown location, May 1993.
At 6th Banlieues Beues Jazz Festival, with Orchestre National d'Ile de France. Photo by Guy le Querrec.
Playing chess at RPM. Photo by Barry Fitzsimmons.
Photo by Eduardo Calderón, made at RPM, LA.
Publicity photo.
Concert in Austin. Photo by Dick Waterman.

1993

On Armed Forces Radio. See this.
Ft. in The Atlantic Records Story (first aired on 12 May 1994). See this.
Participates in Jazz Legends In Concert. See this.
A Song For You peaks at #104 on Pop Chart and #57 on R&B chart.
My World peaks at #145 on Pop Album Chart.
Please (You Got That) with INXS reaches # 9 on U.S. Billboard Hot Dance Music/Club Play Chart.

1 January 1993
Mayor Dennis' Archer's inaugural concert at the Masonic Temple Theater in Detroit (with The Contours and Mary Wilson).

7 January 1993
Backstage with Jack Nicolson, Michael Jackson.
Performing at inaugural event An American Reunion New Beginnings, Renewed Hope, on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial. See this.

29 January 1993
Concert organized by Taco Bell at Fashion Island ($150 per plate dinner-concert). 

February 1993
Variety Club Telethon (BCTV). See this.

20 February 1993
Partners in Progress Gala to benefit the Leukemia Society of America National Capital Area Chapter, Washington (1,500 guests, tickets at $275).

March 1993
Release of album My World.
Photos by Ken Coleman.
Release of the single and the music clip A Song for You / I Can't Get Enough. See this.
Ad from Radio & Records, May 14.

19 - 20 March 1993
Cerritos Center for the Performing Arts, Cerritos CA.

29 March 1993
With the New York Boys Choir at the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel, in a benefit for the Greater New York March of Dimes; tickets at $600. 

31 March 1993
Ray Charles Gala benefiting Dallas Black Dance Theatre, at Meyerson Symphony Center, Dallas TX.

April 1993
Taking stage at a San Francisco fund-raiser for Willie Brown's Political treasury in April 1993, backed by the Oakland Symphony Orchestra; guests pay $10,000 a table.

2 April 1993
Caesars Palace, Las Vegas NV. More photos here. 
 

3 April 1993
San Francisco.

17 April 1993
Century II, Wichita Center for the Arts, Wichita KS; Guitarist Don Peake, who had just joined Ray again for a small series of symphony gigs in L.A., San Francisco and here in Wichita, remembers: "Brother Ray pulled an alto sax out from under the piano during the concert, and RIPPED a solo a la Charlie Parker! I was stunned and thrilled all at the same time".

29 April 1993
Waldorf-Astroria Hotel in New York, benefit performance for the Presbyterian Hospital and the Harkness Eye Institute; tickets $350, raising $1.8 million. Photo here

2 May 1993
24th Annual Songwriter Hall of Fame Awards Dinner and Inductions Ceremony (aired 12 June), receiving Sammy Cahn Lifetime Achievement Award. See this.
Paul Anka, Berry Gordy. Tita Cahn, Lou Rawls, Ray Charles, Bobby Weinstein.





Billy Joel presenting Ray Charles with the Award.

6 May 1993
Arriving in LA, from New York. 

22 May 1993
Featuring in Willie Nelson's Big Six O Show (release date). See this.

24 May 1993
In The Legend Of The Beverly Hillbillies (air date). See this.

29 May 1993
With Tucson Symphony Orchestra, Hi Corbett Field, AZ.

31 May 1993
Date at the back of this photo of Ray and the Uh-huh girls:

4 June 1993
Person Of The Week On ABC News. See this.

5 June 1993
Portland; with Oregon Symphony Orchestra.

6 June 1993
Will Rogers Auditorium, Fort Worth TX ("you may have heard him when he turned and stage whispered to his bass player, "First note is D". Then, "C", "D", "B flat". "A", Charles continued, calling out changes as he and the bassist picked their way through a ballad").

8 June 1993
Civic Center's Expo Hall, Mobile AL.

9 June 1993
Atlanta Symphony Orchestra's Summer Pops Series, Chastain Park Amphitheatre, Atlanta GA; tickets $16-$36.50.

10 June 1993
World's Fair Park Amphitheatre, Knoxville TN (crowd of 4,500).

12 June 1993
In concert at The Scope, Norfolk VA with Virginia Symphony Pops ("It's just hard to play slow, ain't it?'' Ray Charles kidded his drummer midway through an hourlong set with his trio and the Virginia Symphony Pops [...]. The ballad was Bein' Green"; tickets at $15-$25).

13 June 1993
Boston Globe Jazz Festival at Hatch Shell, Boston MA ("1,400 devotees on a saucy, sultry sashay through gut-raw jazz, country, pop and rhythm and blues"; videotaped, probably aired). Photos here.

17 June 1993
Mellon Jazz Festival concert at Heinz Hall, Pittsburgh PA ("there were hoots and cheers of appreciation").

18 June 1993
George Burns Theatre, Livonia.

19 June 1993
Firefly Festival, St. Patrick's County Park, South Bend IN.

20 June 1993
Front Row Theater, Highland Heights OH.

21 June 1993
Scope Arena, Norfolk VA.

27 June 1993
M&T Jazz Fest, Onondaga War Memorial Auditorium, Syracuse NY.

28 June 1993
Xeral, Santiago de Compostela.

July 1993
In Michael Ball show (UK). See this.

3 July 1993
Fleadh Mor Festival in Tramore.
With Bob Dylan, Van Morrison, Jimmy Cliff, Jerry Lee Lewis, Van Morrison, Joan Baez, and more.

4 July 1993
Festivalpladsen, Roskilde (with Neil Young & Booker T. & the M.G.s, Moby, The Velvet Underground, Jamiroquai, New Order, Sonic Youth, Motörhead).

Photo by Peter Eilertsen.
6 July 1993
Jazz & Blues Festival, Stockholm.








Photos by Anders Kallersand.
10 July 1993
Waldbühne, Berlin.
  

11 July 1993
Freilichtbühne, Heppenheim.

15 July 1993
Inducted In Apollo Theatre Hall Of Fame, first aired on August 4. See this and this.

17 July 1993
Eindhoven (with Randy Crawford).
After-concert interview in Eindhoven. Photo by John Claessens.

23 - 25 July 1993
Resorts International Casino Hotel, Atlantic City NJ.
On July 25th an interview with Associated Press in his Atlantic City hotel room. Photo here.

29 July 1993
State Theater Center for the Arts, Easton PA.

30 July 1993
Radio City Music Hall, WIZ Concert Series, New York City NY; tickets at $25, $30, $35.
Read review here.

31 July 1993
Long island Jazz Festival, Planting Fields Arboretum, Oyster Bay NY, with Ruth Brown ("But after about an hour, during What'd I Say, Charles heard a dissonant note that was not audible to most of the audience. I don't know why you need to play with the knobs, a fuming Charles said to a sound technician. Even on the lawn, the sound seemed pristine. Moments later, he abruptly concluded the show").

2 August 1993
Artpark, Lewistin NY.

4 August 1993
Opening ceremony of the Empire State Games on the University of Rochester campus, Rochester NY.

5 August 1993
State Theatre, Easton PA.

8 August 1993
Théâtre Du Forum, Montreal.

9 August 1993
Ontario Place Forum, Toronto ON; tickets at $27.50 and $17.50.

10 August 1993
Montreal Forum, Montreal QC

11 August 1993
Théâtre Capitole, Quebec QC ("Il aurait vraiment pu se produire seul ou alors avec deux ou trois musiciens. Le bonhomme n’a vraiment pas besoin de toute cette équipe pour nous séduire").

Photo: Le Soleil, archives.

14 August 1993
Fort Adams State Park, Newport Jazz Festival, Newport RI; see this.
Photo by Ken Franckling.

Photo by Ken Franckling?

Photo by Ken Franckling.
Photo by Dave Hansen.

15 August 1993
Wolf Trap Filene Center, ViennaVA ("It wasn't that the instrumental prelude was boring; on the contrary, [Ray Charles]'s band, under the direction of Al Jackson, has seldom sounded better or more jazz-oriented. It was just that the crowd clearly had come to hear Charles revisit his glorious R&B past, which he did with almost unwavering dedication").

17 August 1993
SeaGate Convention Centre, Toledo OH.

18 August 1993
Illinois State Fair Grandstand, Springfield IL.

23 August 1993
On The Arsenio Hall Show. See this.

31 August 1993
Antelope Valley Fair, Lancaster CA.

6 September 1993
Bumbershoot (Coliseum), Seattle Center, Seattle WA (billed with Violent Femmes, Barenaked Ladies, Lucinda Williams, UB40, Gin Blossoms, Jimmy Cliff, Los Lobos, Mudhoney, Naughty By Nature, War, Ohio Players, Dwight Yoakam, Ali Farka Toure, Alejandro Escovedo, and 36 more; read review here.
Bumbershoot poster, with Ray's socalled 'secretary signature'.
9 September 1993
Las Casas Foundation Annual Gala, Majestic Theater, San Antanio.

15 September 1993
On the Tonight Show. See this.

16 September 1993
Luther Burbank Center For The Arts, Santa Rosa CA.

20 and 21 September 1993
Sold out audience at Humphrey’s Concerts by the Bay in San Diego CA.

24 to 26 September 1993
"The Mountain Winery is taking Ray Charles and Johnny Mathis to court, alleging in separate suits that the entertainers owe the popular concert series $5 million each in damages for canceling several sold-out performances over the summer.The suits are the latest in a string of court actions involving the winery and its financially strapped president, Ray Collishaw. Previously, representatives for the two artists have contended that the winery never came through with upfront payments [...]".

7 October 1993
Receives National Medal Of The Arts From Bill Clinton at the White House in Washington. See this.
From Jet Magazine.
Cab Caloway, Ray Charles, Bess Lomax Hawes.
11 October 1993
Belga Jazz Festival, Palais des Beaux-Arts, Brussels. On November 21 RTB aired a news item with an interview and concert fragments (INA ID CB88BD20-A618-B756-E040-010A076419F5). 

12 to 17 October 1993
At Blue Note, New York.

One of the setlists at the Blue Note.

Menu insert.
Photos by Joseph A. Rosen.

23 October 1993
Salvation Army fund raiser 'Dance The Night Away' at the San Francisco's Fashion Center.
Handbill.
Poster.

28 October 1993
INXS and Ray Charles perform Please (You Got That) on the David Letterman Show. See this.

29 October 1993
Shubert Theater, New Havenm in a benefit for the Hospital of St. Raphael's Adolescent Psychiatric Day Hospital. Read interview here.

6 November 1993
Concert at Prins van Oranje Hal (Jaarbeurs) in Utrecht with Bassey and Minnelli. See this.

8 November 1993
 Grugahalle, Essen with Bassey and Minnelli.
9 November 1993
 Festhalle, Frankfurt with Bassey and Minnelli.

10 November 1993
 Deutschlandhalle, Berlin with Bassey and Minnelli.

12 November 1993
 Olympiahalle, Munich with Bassey and Minnelli.

14 November 1993
JVC Supersession at XXVth Festival Internacional de Jazz de Barcelona, at Palau de la Música; with Maceo Parker; read review here.

Backstage pass.

Souvenir brochure.


From Festival's history brochure (1966 - 2008).

19 November 1993
Forum, Leverkusener Jazztage 1993, Leverkusen; opening act by Maceo Parker (bootlegged). See this.
The Raelettes (w/o Estelle Yarbrough); video still. 

Ray Charles (video still).

21 November 1993
Teatro Nazionale in Milan, with Maceo Parker. Read review here.

Sticker handed out in Milan.
24 November 1993
Congresgebouw, The Hague; with Maceo Parker & The Roots.

25 November 1993
Hammersmith Apollo in London. Photos here.

28 November 1993
Zénith, Paris; with Maceo Parker (with Fred Wesley and Pee Wee Ellis).
Ticket.


30 November 1993
Cirkus, Stockholm.

?1? December 1993
Concert in Copenhagen.

2 December 1993
Sentrum Scene in Oslo; cf. this.


Photos by Jan Persson.
6 December 1993
Fox Theater, Atlanta.

11 December 1993
Please (You Got That), with INXS (release date).


See this and this.

27 to 29 December 1993
National Arena, Kingston, Jamaica.

31 December 1993
 With Donna Summer, Tony Bennett, Jack Sheldon and the Mort Lindsey Orchestra on the third edition of Merv Griffin's New Year's Eve Special, a live extravaganza format produced from the Resorts Casino Hotel in Atlantic City. See this.
On Dorothée Rock n' Roll Show, France (air date). See this.

Shooting for a French ad campaign, at salt lake in Utah (1993). Photo by Jacques Lange.

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