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12 February 2017

Ray Charles With Another Early Rendition Of America (1972?)

A while ago Reelin' In The Years, a great resource for licensed footage of blues and jazz music, submitted this clip of Ray Charles, singing America The Beautiful. Regrettably, it doesn't match any entry in their database, nor were they willing to answer my questions about the song's provenance.
The setting is of a U.S. variety TV program with a live audience. Who recognizes the show?

Ray Charles Interviewed By Ralph Emery

Country music disc jockey and television host Ralph Emery interviewed Brother Ray sometime in the early 1980s. Their discussion on the Maxwell House commercial seems to place it in 1981 or 1982. I guess it comes from Emery's weekly, syndicated radio show, distributed by Show Biz Inc. Each week Emery would profile a guest star, while playing the hottest country hits.