Ray Charles Band Augmented By Moscow Symphony Ork (2000)
|The band with a string section
at the Hollywood Bowl in ’61
(from a ’62 concert souvenir brochure,
photo by Howard Morehead;
coll. T. Sunseri).
On September 10, 1961 Ray Charles played with an ‘extra-augmented’ orchestra (57 musicians, including strings) and The Raelettes at the Hollywood Bowl, at a special “Salute To Genius” concert.
Unfortunately, nothing of this show was recorded.
But almost 40 years later, on 30 October 2000, the Ray Charles Orchestra performed in a sold-out Moscow concert hall – together with a local symphony orchestra. The combination was conducted by drummer Peter Turre.
An “energetic and vivacious Charles, 70, enthralled the crowd,” Russian television station RTR reported.
RTR’s Channel 1 aired the show. A VHS-copy of this program has survived:
- Georgia On My Mind
- Let’s Get Away From It All
- If You Go Away
- Almost Like Being In Love
- Hey Girl
- Blues For Big Scotia
- A Song For You
- All I Ever Need Is You
- Intro Raelettes (by RC)
- Hit The Road Jack
- I Can’t Stop Loving You
- What’d I Say
|Drummer/conductor Peter Turre, at a rehearsal for the symphony gig.|