Written by
Bob Stumpel

August 6

Ray Charles Arriving In Lyon (1961)

'61 DM Lyon

At the Gare des Brotteaux in Lyon (video still).

On October 19, 1961 Ray Charles performed twice in Lyon, at the Palais des Congrès. The French TV archive, INA, still has the news clip announcing his arrival by train on that same day, at the Gare des Brotteaux. It can be watched here.

The clip was broadcast on October 21st (when Ray was in the middle of his famous 3-day stint in Paris).

In the clip you can see Ray, smoking heavily, in the company of his girlfriend Raita Johnson, a few staff members and musicians, and what must be local promotors and agents. And there is some footage of fans, waiting at the Lyon concert venue.


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