Written by
Bob Stumpel

June 7

Ray Charles At Dinah’s Place (1973)

'73 TV Dinah

Ray Charles’ and Dinah Shore’s TV relationship went back as far as 1956. In 1963 Ray brought his orchestra and the Raelettes to the Dinah Shore Show for an excellent mini concert, and in 1967 they did a duet on The Nashville Sound special.
On 15 August 1973 Ray guested in Dinah’s Place, an NBC half-hour talk-show (that ran from 1970 to 1974). Ray Charles played a game of chess with Dinah “on a special board”, and discussed how to live with blindness. They did a duet on Bye Bye Love and together went through a medley of Ray Charles hits.
In 1975 Ray possibly performed one last time at the Dinah! show.

The 1973 episode of the show must have been used to train Jamie Foxx in ‘getting’ Ray’s talking voice. Watch the sequence at 4:00 in this clip:
   [clip removed from YouTube]


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