Written by
Bob Stumpel

February 20

More Pictures Of Ray Charles At The Salute To Freedom Benefit (Birmingham, 1963)

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The Salute To Freedom benefit evening in Birmingham on August 5, 1963 was co-organized by AGVA (the American Guild of Variety Artists). Here’s their chairman Joey Adams, clowning and dancing on stage with a little girl – while Ray Charles is performing, playing piano, accompanied by his own orchestra’s bass player Edgar Willis and by the Apollo Theatre Band. 

The girls in white (right) are probably The Shirelles.
(This apparently is from an impromptu other than Ray’s concert during this event).

Photos by Grey Villet (Getty Images). For much more on the event, read this.


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