• December 15, 2017

    Ray Charles In Skellefteå

    On June 29, 1999 Ray Charles performed with “FunkFilharmonik” (a group formed for the occasion, led by U.S. trombonist Ozzie Melendez, husband of the local business woman who organized the concert), the Skellefteå Orkesterförening, and the Skellefteå Chamber Choir at The Old Driving Range of the Rönnbäcken golf course, near Skellefteå.Here’s an amateur video with some funny […]

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  • October 12, 2017

    Ray Charles & The Raelettes Playbacking Crying Time At Grammy Show

    This awkward clip (see how The Raelettes appear to have sunk into the studio floor) looks like a(n extremely rare) example of Ray Charles and the girls playbacking a song. It comes from The Best On Record, a TV special produced for the 9th Grammy Awards, taped on 2 March 1967, and broadcast the next day. The […]

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  • October 7, 2017

    This Time (I’ll Be the Fool) – Ft. Madelyn Quebec

    A substantial part (i.e. about half) of Ray Charles’ 1st concert at the Northsea Jazz Festival on July 13, 1980, has just emerged on YouTube for the first time. The cameras caught The Genius in excellent condition, and in a playful mood (watch him fool with his rhythm section, and hear him deliver some rare scatting in the […]

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  • September 28, 2017

    February 22, 1968 – RPM Studio, Los Angeles

    Session No: Liberty 1426.Period: The ABC / Tangerine Years (1959 – 1972).Location: RPM Studio, Los Angeles.Artist: Clydie King.Album (compilation): Clydie King ‎- The Imperial & Minit Years.Label: Liberty Records; Stateside 5099950958122. Personnel: Clydie King (vocals); Jimmy Holiday (2nd lead vocals); Bobby Bryant, Mike Akopoff, Melvin Moore, Roy Burrows (trumpet); Bobby Knight, Tommy Shepard, Streamline Ewing, Dick “Slyde” Hyde (trombone); Georgie Auld, Charles […]

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  • September 14, 2017

    Ray Charles In Manchester (1996) – Fragments

    In June 1996 Van Morrison and Ray Charles joined forces on a UK tour that brought them to the Wembley Arena in London, on 15 and 19 June, the Nynex Arena in Manchester (June 21), the National Exhibition Centre in Birmingham (23) and the Arena in Newcastle-Upon-Tyne (24). A Van Morrison fan* shot a few […]

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  • July 31, 2017

    Ray Charles Guesting In Venezuelan TV Show

    Renny Ottolina was a Venezuelan variety TV superstar. In the 70’s his major success was Renny Presenta, produced for VTV, where he brought international guests like Charles Aznavour, Ella Fitzgerald, Stevie Wonder and Ray Charles to the studio. In the clips below, Renny can be seen… disturbing a jazz piano solo by Ray Charles.In the photo […]

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  • July 21, 2017

    Ray Charles Promoting 音楽マイ・ラブ

    In 1991 (or was it 1990?) Ray Charles helped the the tv show 音楽マイ・ラブ (Music My Love) to promote themselves. Update 24.01.2021: the video of this performance is no longer available on YouTube, please let me know in the comments below if you have any footage, thanks — Cyd

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  • June 23, 2017

    Ray Charles Live In Roanoke

    Someone in the audience made a (mediocre) recording of Ray Charles’ concert at the Grandin Theatre in Roanoke (VA) on September 1, 1984. The setlist went like: Intro + Metamorphosis Let The Good Times Roll (start missing) Georgia On My Mind Then We’ll Be Home (Sadies Tune) I’ve Got News For You Some Enchanted Evening […]

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  • May 27, 2017

    Ray Charles Ft In Le Spectacle Noir

    Le Spectacle Noir was a 45 minute ORTF documentary directed by Armand Ridel, first broadcast by RTF 1 on August 30, 1972. It presented an impressionistic, kaleidoscopic mix of existing films and documentaries with contemporary street scenes, concert footage and interviews with jazz and r&b stars.With a.o. Ray Charles (contributing a good, but truncated, version of I’ve […]

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  • February 12, 2017

    Ray Charles On The David Frost Show

    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. It doesn’t match any entry in their online database, but it turns out to be from the the final episode (#209) of the 4-season series of the David Frost Show, aired […]

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  • February 11, 2017

    Ray Charles Interviewed By Ralph Emery

    Country music disc jockey and television hostRalph 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 […]

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  • January 21, 2017

    Newport 1993 Now Complete

    On August 14, 1993, Ray performed at the Fort Adams State Park in a program of the Newport Jazz Festival. Until today I had only seen 4 of the tunes, but now Concert Vault has brought the complete concert online. See this for more context.

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