Written by
Bob Stumpel

January 8

Ray Charles Ft. In 19th Annual Music City News Country Awards (1985)

'85 TV MusicCityWith B.J. ThomasWith Janie FrickeWith Oak Ridge BoysWith Ricky Skaggs

Ray Charles and Willie Nelson were among the 5 nominees for the Duet of the year Award at the 19th Annual Music City News Country Awards, telecast live from the Opry House in Nashville on June 10, 1985, no doubt for their recording of Seven Spanish Angels, as released on Ray’s album Friendship (February 1985). They possibly performed that tune during the show, but there’s only proof of a performance (see clip below), where Ray sang with other duet partners:

  • Friendship (with Ricky Skaggs)
  • Rock And Roll Shoes (with B.J. Thomas)
  • Who Cares (with Janie Fricke)
  • This Old Heart (Is Gonna Rise Again) (with The Oak Ridge Boys)

  • Friendship (with Ricky Skaggs, B.J. Thomas, Janie Fricke, The Oak Ridge Boys)

All these tunes were also part of the Friendship album, but on the elpee Ray did the duet on the song “Friendship” with George Jones.
The Music City News was a country music publication. The broadcaster most probably was TNN (The Nashville Network).


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