|Band leader and trumpet player Wallace |
Davenport, Ray Charles, and Vic Ash.
Phil Guilbeau, on trumpet of course, had to fill in Fathead's flute parts on Georgia On My Mind.
Some TV footage of the 1963 French tour has survived; see this.
One or more of the concerts were aired by Europe 1, and were captured on tape. As it looks now, the following tunes have survived (in poor to reasonably fair quality):
- Flying Home (Ray Charles Orchestra)
- Unidentified instrumental (alto solo by Ray Charles)
- Let The Good Times Roll
- You Don't Know Me
- Hide Nor Hair
- In The Evening (When The Sun Goes Down)
- Careless Love
- Don't Set Me Free (ft. Margie Hendricks)
- My Bonnie
- Georgia On My Mind (Phil Guilbeau - tp)
- Just A Little Lovin'
- Unchain My Heart
- My Baby (I Love Her, Yes I Do) (ft. Margie Hendricks)
- Hit The Road Jack
- You Are My Sunshine
As I write this, #7 (a splendid 9-minute long In The Evening), #10 (Don't Set Me Free), and #17 (You Are My Sunshine) are the earliest known recorded live versions of these songs.
|The band in Paris, 1963. |
Read this for the story behind this photo.
*Special thanks to Joël Dufour for many details in this article.