Written by
Bob Stumpel

July 31

Ray Charles Guesting In Venezuelan TV Show

'70c TV Caracas

Renny Ottolina was a Venezuelan variety TV superstar. In the 70’s his major success was Renny Presenta, produced for VTV, where he brought international guests like Charles Aznavour, Ella Fitzgerald, Stevie Wonder and Ray Charles to the studio. In the clips below, Renny can be seen… disturbing a jazz piano solo by Ray Charles.
In the photo at the right Brother Ray sports another suit jacket than in the YouTube video. Is it from another show?
Who recognizes the tune? Who knows if more footage has survived?
Renny Ottolino, while campaigning for the presidency, died “in a strange air incident” in 1976.

Ray Charles and Renny Ottolina, c. 1970.

Update 24.01.2021: the two videos of this performance are no longer available on YouTube, please let me know in the comments below if you have any footage, thanks — Cyd


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