14 January 1999
|Undated photos taken in Knoxcille, possibly at this concert.|
DaimlerChrysler's Mercedes-Benz of North America, Montvale, N.J., kicks off a 10-city promotion to pre-launch its 2000-model S-Class sedan. Park Avenue Productions, New York, created and produced the invitation-only "S-clusively Yours" events, which included local sports stars, fashion, music by Ray Charles and food from chef Daniel Boulud.
Brouward County CC, Ft Lauderdale FL.
23 February 1999
17 - 20 March 1999
Orleans Hotel, Las Vegas NV.
17 March 1999
15 April 1999
Urban League's 26th Annual Dinner at the Los Angeles Ballroom of the Century Plaza Hotel.
21 and 22 April 1999
13 May 1999
|With Richard Niles (unknown date & location).|
21st Annual Playboy Festival, Hollywood Bowl, Hollywood CA ("it's a pleasure to report that Ray Charles vanquished memories of previous auto-pilot appearances here by turning in one of his best Bowl sets ever. The soul sorcerer was really engaged, bearing down for an intensely moving "Just for a Thrill," playing some marvelously funky blues licks and deliciously simulated vibes on his Yamaha keyboard. Do we dare hope for a fruitful Indian summer in the 21st century from Brother Ray?"; see review here).
14 June 1999
19 June 1999
For the European gigs following below, Ray just brought his rhythm section (Brad Rabuchin on guitar, Peter Turre on drums and Curt Ohlson on bass). Working for two promoters simultaneously, Ray took 21 shows in 22 or 23 days, a brutish schedule, that made him lose his falsetto - for ever.
Peter Turre wrote: "[...] This was a very difficult tour for Ray, and I gained new perspective on how determined he could be (although it really shouldn't have surprised me). [...] The doctors told him to quit smoking, and take 6 months off. He took ONE. We then went to Europe and did 21 cities in 22 days. It pretty much permanently cost him his upper register/falsetto. The first part of the tour was a week of symphony gigs (Victor Vanacore conducted those) and trio & Raelette gigs with a local big band (I conducted those [...]). One night while riding back to the hotel in the limo with him, I asked him WHY he was doing this. He said 'Peter, this was booked as a 40th anniversary tour. These people have kept me working for FOURTY years. I OWE them. And I need to keep YOU guys working too.' It was humbling to hear this from a man who had given so much to the world."
|At Palais des Sports. Paris (date unknown). Photos by Vladimir Sichov.|
5 July 1999
Concert at Elf Raffinerie, Leuna, Germany.
7 July 1999
15 July 1999
Musicians: Rudy Johnson, Al Jackson, Craig Bailey, Al Waters, Terrence Goss - saxophone; Ted Murdock, Dave Hoffman, Larry Foyen, Kenny Scharf - trumpet; Michel Guerrier, Dupor D. Georges, Wayne Coniglio, Steve Sigmund - trombone; Bradley Rabuchin - guitar; Nils Johnson - bass; Richmond Taylor - keys; Peter Turre - drums. Raelettes: Estella Yarbrough, Tangy Biggers, Karen Evans, Katrina Harper, Tonette McKinney.
|Photo by Juha Metso.|
18 July 1999
At Swing In Festival in Deauville FR.
Arènes de Nîmes, Nîmes FR. With Big Bang, and ?Quartet?
|Coll. André Monnot.|
|Arrival in Nimes, probably for this concert.|
|Nimes Arena during a (probably this) Ray Charles concert.|
28 July 1999
12 - 15 August 1999
City Hilton, Atlantic City NJ.
18 August 1999
Chastain Park Amphitheater, Atlanta GA.
?11? August 1999
Marciac, with rhytm section, David Newman and Georges Arvanitas. See this.
12 to 15 August 1999
14 August 1999
Recording of In The Spur Of The Moment, at Avatar Studios in New York. See this.
18 August 1999
15 September 1999
3 October 1999
|(Collection Ezio Drappo).|
11 November 1999
In Nice FR, probably for a concert, meeting blind writer Claude Garrandes.
|Sharing braille with Claude Garrandes/|
11 December 1999
Kanagawa Kenmin Hall in Yokohama JP; review here.
17 December 1999
Koriyama Bunka Center in Fukushima Prefecture, Koriyama JP.
18 December 1999
Nakano Sun Plaza Hall in Tokyo JP.
19 December 1999
Aichi-ken Geijutsu Gekijo Dai Hall in Nagoya JP.
21 December 1999
Festival Hall in Osaka JP.
22 December 1999
Hokkaido Kosei Nenkin Kaikan in Sapporo JP.
23 December 1999
Hotel Okura in Tokyo JP.