|Photo made by Frederic Reglain in March 1996 (Getty). This repro comes from an interview in Der Spiegel, May 6, 1996.|
|Playing the bus driver in Spy Hard. See this.|
Symphony gig at the Mark G. Etess Arena (in the Trump Taj Mahal), Atlantic City. The show on the 19th was taped from the audience (cf. this).
At opening of America's Smithsonian exhibition national tour celebrating the Smithsonian's 150th anniversary, in Los Angeles.
|Secretary I. Michael Heyman (second from right), Ray Charles (left) and two unidentified persons attend the opening ceremonies.|
10 February 1996
24 February 1996
4 March 1996
28 and 29 March 1996
Easter Seal's Telethon. See this.
3 April 1996
Florida Philharmonic Pops benefit at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts, Miami; with Peter Nero.
6 April 1996
Honoring Quincy Jones at 27th NAACP Image Awards at Civic Auditorium in Pasadena (aired 23 April). See this.
15 April 1996
On Sesame Street. See this.
22 April 1996
Concert in San Francisco.
23 April 1996
Interviewed by Michael Lydon at RPM studio in LA.
27 April 1996
At The Bushnell in Hartford ("As a high priest or pope of pop, Ray Charles transforms his concerts into ritualized events graced with venerated material from his canon of soulful hits. Decked out in one of his trademark iridescent jackets - truly a coat of many colors - the grand patriarch of hipness added a few varied touches to his usual rituals [...]"); tickets at $24.50-$49.
12 May 1996
Proclaimed honorary Doctor of Humane Letters at Occidental College, Eagle Rock, LA ("How sweet it is!'' Charles said after receiving an honorary doctorate of music Sunday from Occidental College in Los Angeles. In a few more sentences the blues legend instructed graduates to "keep moving',' and then was whisked off campus in a golf cart. "I'm not very much of a talker,'' he said afterward"). See this. Photos here.
15 May 1996
Ray Charles on Envoyé Spécial. See this.
Photo shoot in Paris.
2 June 1996
Interviewee in America's Music: The Roots of Country (air date). See this.
At Songwriters Hall of Fame Induction Gala at the Sheraton New York.
|Shaking hands with Paul Anka.|
Celebrity Theatre, Phoenix.
5 June 1996
Humphrey's, San Diego ("launched into a soaring falsetto that rose up to, and then above, the swelling, four- trumpet orchestration. It was a magical, concert-defining moment, even if (or, perhaps, precisely because) Charles executed it with characteristic nonchalance").
6 June 1996
Jazz at the Center, Performing Arts Center, Orange County.
|Concert at Orange County Peforming Arts Center, maybe from this date. Photo by Adrienne Helitzer.|
7 to 9 June 1996
Caesars Palace, Las Vegas. See this.
15 June 1996
With Van Morrison at the Wembley Arena in London ("In stark contrast with Morrison, Brother Ray's entourage exude a practised, swinging professionalism harking back to The Apollo, Harlem, 1962, rather than Las Vegas, as some have mistakenly suggested. Less churchy and wild than when he set the Fifties R&B world on its ear by using a large, permanent horn section and gospel tunes to presage Sixties soul, Charles's show holds fast to the basis of an older-style R&B show. His all-seated big band warmed up with four songs by Barbara Morrison, a jazz-blues singer, before Charles's still extraordinary voice - rich tone, phrasing so subtle it's easy to miss and an armoury of expressive whoops and screams - took command. He did the hits, such as Busted, Georgia and I Can't Stop Loving You, but just as rewarding were the idiosyncratic treatments, turning Oh, What A Beautiful Morning, Rodgers/ Hammerstein's waltz from the musical Oklahoma into a jazz-blues celebration. He even found a way for the Raelet[te]s to discover something new in that flogged mare of a Sixties soul staple Knock On Wood." Read this).
|Ray Charles and Van Morrison, UK, 19 June 1996; photo by Michael Putland.|
17 June 1996
|Photos: Getty Images.|
19 June 1996
With Van Morrison at the Wembley Arena in London (bootlegged) See this and this.
21 June 1996
With Van Morrison at Nec Nynex Arena in Manchester. That night a van with all equipment, sheet music and stage clothes of the Ray Charles Orchestra is 'nicked' from outside their hotel in Castleton, Greater Manchester. "Raid leaves singer Ray feeling blue" the Sunday Mirror reports.
"A police spokesman said: 'Mr Charles is most concerned', People (London) added. A day later they reported: "The thieves later dumped instruments, stage equipment, clothing and sheet music worth GBP 150,000 which had been left inside the van. But the van itself is still missing." The concert was taped from the audience; cf. this.
22 June 1996
On Saturday Live (UK). See this.
23 June 1996
With Van Morrison at National Exhibition Centre in Birmingham. The concert was taped from the audience; cf. this.
24 June 1996
With Van Morrison at NEC Arena in Newcastle-Upon-Tyne. Photos here. The concert was taped from the audience; cf. this.
26 June 1996
|Photos by Ingo Wagner.|
3 July 1996
Ray at Starlite Revue in the Mid-South Coliseum, Memphis (WDIA benefit show).
Just before 4 July 1996
Band rehearsals in Orléans for Lugano concert with Barbara Morrison.
4 July 1996
In Lugano at the Estival Jazz, in the Piazza Della Riforma; with Barbara Morrison (bootlegged). See this.
Later in July 1996
Headlining the Cahors Blues Festival.
Park of Selinunte, near Palermo in Sicily, with Renzo Arbore and his Orchestra and Ray Charles - canceled because local authorities feared that he that hordes of fans would devastate the archaeological park. Cf. this.
6 or 7 July 1996
On stage with Renzo Arbore during their concert in Positano, near Naples. Photo here. See this. Review here.
|After performing O Solo Mio with 11 members of Renzo Arbore's orchestra.|
Around this date in 1996
Lent Festival, Maribor (with Barbara Morrison). Televised; see this.
|Lent Festival, Maribor.|
14 July 1996
Piazetta, Portofino. Televized on Channel 5 and Fininvest channels.
Around this day in July 1996
|(The Raelettes; probably shot in Copenhagen, from the same series).|
|Photos by Jan Persson.|
19 to 21 July 1996
Sporting Club, Monte Carlo.
Around this date in July 1996
Festival Theatre, Carcassone.
|Théâtre de la Cité, Festival de Carcassone. Photo by Alain Machelidon.|
23 July 1996
Woodruff Arts Center, Atlanta.
25 July 1996
Palace Theater, Myrtle Beach.
26 July 1996
Private Function, Roswell.
27 July 1996
|Photo's by Jill Kettles.|
28 July 1996
Forsyth Park, Savannah.
30 July 1996
Grand Casino Biloxi, Biloxi.
31 July 1996 (conflicting data)
Woodruff Arts Center, Atlanta.
Or Olympic Park, Fort Wayne ("brought the house down").
2 August 1996
Sam's River Town Palace Arena, Robinsonville; tickets $21.50.
3 August 1996
Strand Theatre, Shreveport.
4 August 1996
Closing ceremonies at Woodruff Arts Center of Atlanta Olympic Summer Games (NYT tv critic: "Constant replays of Ray Charles singing 'America' have accomplished the unthinkable: never wanting to hear him sing it again").
6 August 1996
Newport Jazz festival.
8 August 1996
Hampton Beach Casino Ballroom, Hampton Beach.
9 August 1996
Harborlights/FleetBoston Pavilion, Boston ("When they put together the final list of the Atlanta Olympics' real winners, Ray Charles should be tucked into that roster somewhere between Shannon Miller and the Dream Team. [...H]is show for an audience of 2,650 was typical of Charles' area performances over the last few years. His one-hour set was tasty and smooth, rollicking in some places, greasy with blues in others").
10 August 1996
Radio City Music Hall, New York, with Cassandra Wilson; tickets at $31-$41. The concert was taped from the audience; cf. this.
11 August 1996
Warwick Musical Theatre, Warwick.
13 August 1996
Private concert at Wells Fargo (CoreStates) Center, Philadelphia.
14 August 1996
Foxwoods Casino, Mashantucket.
17 August 1996
Madison Theatre, Peoria.
18 August 1996
Starlight Theatre, celebrating Swope Park's 100th birthday (Ray Charles Day proclaimed in Kansas City and Independence).
19 August 1996
With James Brown at Montauk's Deep Hollow Ranch for Paul Simon's seventh annual Back to the Ranch benefit; tickets $35.
Abravanel Hall, Salt Lake City.
22 August 1996
Palace Theater at Broadway at the Beach, Myrtle Beach.
23 to 25 August 1996
Caesars Tahoe, Lake Tahoe.
Caesars Palace, Las Vegas.
2 September 1996
Private Function, Aspen.
4 September 1996
American Airlines Jazz at the Bowl: An Evening With Ray Charles, at the Hollywood Bowl, LA; with Gerald Albright ("was more about his distinctive pop style than it was about swing, bop or musical improvisation").
|Photo by Donald Dietz.|
6 and 7 September 1996
Konocti Harbor Resort & Spa, Kelseyville.
8 September 1996
Flint Center, Cupertino.
10 September 1996
Humboldt State University’s Van Duzer Theatre in Arcata.
11 September 1996
Redding Convention Center, Redding.
13 September 1996
Britt Festivals, Jacksonville.
14 September 1996
Sokol-Blosser Winery, Dundee, Oregon; tickets at $32.50.
16 to 27 September 1996
Seven sold-out concerts on tour of Brazil (a.o. Ilha Shopping, Florianópolis).
22 September 1996
Inducted in Georgia Hall of Fame (together with Gladys Knight and James Brown; Ray most probably did not attend).
12 or 13 October 1996
Passport to the World, a fund-raising gala dinner-dance-concert, Newark.
17 October 1996
Headlines the Coca-Cola Tbilisi Jazz Festival, giving a concert at the State Concert Hall (a.k.a. the State Philharmonic Complex). According to local sources accompanied by the Georgian Philharmonic Orchestra (but in fact with the complete Ray Charles Orchestra). See this.
Between 18 and 21 October
Big band gig just outside Frankfurt.
In concert at the Warsaw Jazz Jamboree with his rhythm section and a local philharmonic orchestra. See this.
Skopje Jazz Festival, with Macedonian Philharmonic Orchestra (mostly consisting of amateurs - Peter Turre: "What they lacked in technique they more than made up for in joyous spirit. People were friggin' crying, on stage, AND off").
22 October 1996
Sava Centar, Belgrade (televized and audio-bootlegged). See this.
30 November 1996
Honored at halftime of Bayou Classic between Southern and Grambling in New Orleans.
10 December 1996
Ft. in Caesars Palace 30th Anniversary Celebration (airdate December 28th). See this.
31 December 1996
Fox Theatre, Stockton.