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19 September 2012

Ray Charles At The North Sea Jazz Festival (1980)

Under file ID #97039 the Dutch Beeld- & Geluid-Archief keeps the source materials of a double concert at the North Sea Jazz Festival 1980 in the Congresgebouw in The Hague. The shows were taped on 13 July 1980, produced by AVRO, hosted by Pim Jacobs, and directed by Theo Ordeman.
Ray played two sets on the same Sunday night. Several selections were extracted for broadcasts (some of these have survived; source here).
The concerts' contents are currently licensed out by Reelin' In The Years, who offer 23 separate tracks. Their list differs from the (erroneous) track list in the Archief, including a few enigmatic (and probably also corrupt) song titles. I assume that none of these represent new materials.

First concert
I've not yet been able to ascertain that the complete footage of the first concert has survived, but it's a good sign that Don't You Love Me Anymore has popped up on Youtube (cf. below). For an update, read this.
Combining the descriptions in the sources mentioned above, the best reconstruction of the setlist that I can come up with is:
  1. You  Made Me Love You (I Didn't Want To Do It)
  2. Georgia On My Mind
  3. Oh, What A Beautiful Morning
  4. Dream On [= Just Because?]
  5. Some Enchanted Evening
  6. Don't You Love Me Anymore
  7. Love Is What We Need
  8. Knock On Wood
  9. A Fool For You
  10. I Can't Stop Loving You
  11. I Can See Clearly Now
  12. This time
  13. I'm Gonna Keep On Singin'
The title given to #12 (This Time) is probably corrupt; just as #13 (I'm Gonna Keep On Singin') it may have been an element of the intro to What'd I Say, a song that's obviously missing from this list.

#6 of the first concert - Don't You Love Me Anymore:

Second concert
I have watched a complete version of the second show. The setlist was:
  1. Intro orchestra
  2. Metamorphosis (Ray Charles Orchestra)
  3. Intro Ray Charles
  4. Let The Good Times Roll
  5. Georgia On My Mind
  6. Oh, What A Beautiful Morning
  7. How Long Has This Been Going On (solo: Tony Matthews - g)
  8. Feel So Bad (solo: Tony Matthews - g)
  9. She Knows (solo: Curtis Ohlson - b)
  10. Intro Raelettes
  11. I Want Your Love (ft Estella Yarbrough)
  12. Do It To Me Slow (ft Pat Peterson; solo: Tony Matthews - g)
  13. Crying Time (ft Madelyn Quebec; intro with There's A Long Long Trail A-Winding)
  14. People Will Say We're In Love
  15. You Are My Sunshine (ft Trudy Cohran)
  16. Stormy Monday (solo: Tony Matthews - g)
  17. What'd I Say
  18. Outro
#12 (Do It To Me Slow) is the only known full version of this song (in an excellent performance featuring Pat Peterson); for many years the main theme of the song was used as the introduction 'jingle' for the walk-on of The Raelettes. Ray gave #13 (Crying Time) a unique little intro with a citation from There's A Long Long Trail A-Winding (cf. this version on Youtube). Stormy Monday (#16) got an excellent - slowwww - rendition, reminiscent of the brilliant version known from the 1975 concert in Madrid (both times with Tony Matthews doing his magic on guitar!).

Musicians: Mitch Manker, Doug Crescimano, Tom Swayzee, Doug Martin - trumpets; Art Velasco, Dan Marcus, Papo Vázquez, Steve Davis - trombones; Ricky Woodard, Clifford Solomon, Ira Weinstein, Rudy Johnson, Mark Roland - saxophones; Tony Matthews - guitar; Curtis Ohlson - bass; Peter Turre - drums; James Polk - keyboards. Raelettes:** Estella Yarbrough, Pat Peterson, Madelyn Quebec, Trudy Cohran, Avis Harrell.

Second concert (near complete):

* Many thanks to Doug Martin and Peter Turre. ** Many thanks to J.P. Verger for this (and quite some more!) information.


  1. J'aime la version de "You are my Sunshine"qui est differente de celle du LP et des concerts que j'ai vu ,avec une Trudy Cohran jeune qui remplace parfaitement Margie Hendricks ou Merry Clayton ;mais peut etre suis-je subjugue par Trudy Cohran?

  2. Well, Margie & Merry are hard to beat, but Trudy certainly gave a very nice twist to the song!