• March 7, 2018

    A Peggy Lee & Ray Charles Time Capsule From 1961

    1. Intro;2. I Got A (Wo)Man;3. You Won’t Let Me Go;4. Just For A Thrill;5. Yes, Indeed. Peggy Lee was a huge fan of Ray Charles, who called her “Sister Peggy”. She studio-recorded some of his tunes as early as 1959. A few years later she embedded an extensive Tribute To Ray Charles in her club show. […]

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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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  • May 3, 2017

    We’re Gonna Make It (The Raelettes)

    Until now* I’ve confused the description of this Raelettes live-song, which was on the band’s repertoire between 1978 and 1984, with the We’re Gonna Make It-trackfrom the Renaissance album. This actual tune was written by Billy Preston. Rene Hall penned the arrangement for the band. Live:’78 LC Antibes’84 LC Viareggio’84 LC Warsaw – Released**’86 LC Toyohashi *Thank […]

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  • December 18, 2016

    Ray Charles And The Florida Playboys, A Short Adventure

    Ray Charles loved to reminisce about his earliest endeavors in country music. Shortly after his seventreenth birthday, in 1947, he landed a gig with the Florida Playboys. In Michael Lydon’s biography, Ray Charles – Man And Music, the story is that “[o]ne audition convinced the Playboys that RC could play country music with a genuine […]

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  • November 24, 2015

    Ray Charles Contributing To Smothers Brothers Show’s Theme Song

    Halfway through the production of theThe Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour (1967–1969) a theme tune (written by Perry Botkin, Jr., Mason Williams, and Nancy Ames) was introduced. While it became more and more popular, the stars who appeared on the show were asked to contribute to a montage, which probably was broadcast only once: during the very […]

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  • July 2, 2015

    Bobby and Ray (1966)

    On May 7, 1966, Ray Charles’ company plane, the Buzzard, carried the complete troupe (1 genius, 4 Raelettes, 16 musicians, manager Joe Adams, a roadie and Ray’s personal assistant) from Los Angeles to New York. One of the cats in the back of the plane was Bobby Womack. who was hired as a guitar player […]

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  • November 25, 2014

    Sunday, Monday Or Always (By Jimmy Scott, Ray Charles On Piano)

    Album3: Jimmy Scott: Falling In Love Is Wonderful, Tangerine, TRC 1501, 1963. Taped at the United Recordings Studios in Hollywood, in 1962. Arranged by Gerald Wilson.

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  • November 21, 2014

    I Surrender Dear (With The Ray Charles Sextet)

    Album: The Great Ray Charles, Atlantic 1259, August 1957. Recorded on 20 November 1956 at the Capitol Recording Studios in New York with Joe Bridgewater, John Hunt – tp; David Newman – as, ts; Emmett Dennis – bs; William Peebles – ds; Roosevelt Sheffield – b. Arranged by Quincy Jones. Bob Arnold and Johnny Cue were the engineers. Ray […]

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  • November 21, 2014

    I Wish I’d Never Loved You At All (With Gladys Knight)

    Album: Just Between Us, Columbia 40703, September 1988.  Recorded at RPM International with uncredited members of the Ray Charles Orchestra (i.e. Mark Curry, Bobby Medina, Ted Murdock, Jeff Kaye – trumpets; Mike Christianson, Armin Marmolejo, Steve Sigmund, Charlie Schofner – trombones; Al Jackson, Ricky Woodard, Rudy Johnson, Leroy Cooper [and Chris Lega?] – saxophones; Ernest Vantrease […]

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  • November 21, 2014

    You Don’t Exist No More (By Percy Mayfield, Ray Charles On Organ)

    Single (A): Tangerine TRC 935, 1964 , b/w Memory Pain.Album3: Percy Mayfield – His Tangerine and Atlantic Sides, Rhino RHM 27828, 2003. One of Percy’s darkest songs ever, recorded in Los Angeles on February 21, 1963. With Percy Mayfield – vocals; Marcus Belgrave – trumpet; Hank Crawford – alto saxophone; Ray Charles – piano; Howard Roberts – […]

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  • November 20, 2014

    3/4 Of The Time (Ray Charles Orchestra)

    Album: My Kind Of Jazz Part 3, Crossover 9007, October 1975. Recorded on a new 16-track console in late 1974 and early 1975 at the RPM International Studio in Los Angeles. With Johnny Coles, Jack Evans, Phil Guilbeau, Bob Coassin – trumpets; Ken Tussing, Glenn Childress, Steve Davis, Wally Huff – trombones; Eddie Pratt, Clifford Solomon […]

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