• November 15, 2014

    Christmas Time (1)

    Single (A/B): Crossover/Atlantic 3549, November 1978 [with the song on both sides].Compilation album3: Soul Christmas, Rhino R2 71788, 1994 [bonus track]. This song was written by Sadye Shepard (of Sadies Tune fame); it’s different from the track with the same title on Ray’s Christmas album. It was routinely labeled as a DJ-only promotion single, but I think it probably […]

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  • October 25, 2014

    My Friend (With Take 6)

    Album3: Take 6, Join The Band, Reprise Entertainment 9 45497-2, 1994. Ray Charles joined the close harmony group Take 6 for the 3d track on their album Join The Band. In September 2014 their successful Ray Charles tribute show in Las Vegas premiered. Soundclip:

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  • October 20, 2014

    Santa Claus Is Comin’ To Town [2 versions]

    Original – Album: The Spirit Of Christmas, Columbia 39415, January 1986. Film – Album3 (soundtrack CD): Miracle on 34th Street, Fox Records 7822-11022-2, 15 November 1994. The original version was recorded for the Spirit album at RPM International in Los Angeles, with members of the Ray Charles Orchestra in the fall of 1984 (or maybe in early 1985). Arranged […]

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  • October 13, 2014

    The Christmas Song (Chestnuts Roasting On An Open Fire)

    Still from the film. Film version – DVD: Love Affair, Warner Bros, S.a. (trailer here). Film version – Soundtrack CD: Love Affair, Sire/London/Rhino, 22 November 1994. In the film Love Affair, which premiered on 21 October 1994, Ray Charles was seen & heard in concert, singing this song accompanied by a symphony orchestra. Marty Paich was credited as producer […]

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