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12 February 2013

Ray Charles On The Rosey Grier Show (c 1970)

Contemporary article about the show.
Football card, 1965.
To call the  actor, singer, minister, writer, macrame artist and former professional football player Rosey Grier a colorful personality, is an understatement.
After his sports career he worked as a bodyguard for Robert Kennedy. Grier took control of the gun and subdued the shooter, Sirhan Sirhan. He is known for his serious pursuit of hobbies not traditionally associated with football players, such as macrame and needlepoint.
As a singer, Grier released singles on the A label in 1960, and over the following 25 years on Liberty, Ric, MGM and A&M.

For an even more unexpected connection between Charles and Grier, listen to this:

This great clip is from 1965:

In 1969 and 1970 he hosted the Rosey Grier Show on KABC-TV in Los Angeles a weekly half-hour television program, aired on Saturday nights, featuring community affairs, interviews, music, and variety. The show was also aired in other cities. When it was launched on Channel 7 in Atlanta, the Atlanta Daily World (on 28 June 1970) specified that celebrities such as Bob Hope, Della Reese, Cassius Clay, Glen Campbell and Ray Charles had guested in earlier episodes.

Who knows more about what Brother Ray did when he appeared in the show?

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