Written by
Bob Stumpel

December 6

Ray Charles Ft. In Festa Azzura (With Renzo Arbore) (1994)

'94 TV AzzuraWith Renzo Arbore

During the 1994 Soccer World Cup, held in the USA, Rai Uno produced the show Festa Azzurra at Madison Square Garden in New York. The show was broadcast in Italy via satellite. The evening was hosted by clarinetist and orchestra leader Renzo Arbore. His The Italian Orchestra performed together with a number of American guests, including Ray Charles, who played ‘O Sole Mio.
The clip below has some footage with Ray, possibly from this same performance. (Ray and Renzo had met before, and would meet again…).

Update: this clip was released on the album Renzo Arbore And Friends (Gazebo 11 November 2014):


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