Written by
Bob Stumpel

October 6

Ray Charles Live In Antibes (1983)

'83 LC AntibesConcert 1983 Antibes

In 1983, during their short European summer tour which began on July 7 in Reykjavik (!), and also led them to Andorra, the Ray Charles aggregation made their “usual” stop in Antibes, on July 19. The setlist was not adventurous in any sense, but the reed players (Don Wilkinson was on board!) were red hot. Ray, sounding as if it was a last-second decision, felt obliged to explicitly promote his new Columbia album Wish You Were Here Tonight (presenting the hardcore country tunes # 15 and 16 to the French jazz audience).
I’ve listened to a nearly complete audio copy (tunes # 01 – 16; INA ID PHY13030558) of the concert that was aired (probably live) by Radio France Côte Azur, but the same source, INA, has archived an additional tape that includes # 17 and 18 (INA ID PMY14001044).

01. Ray Minor Ray (The Ray Charles Orchestra)
02. Wave (The Ray Charles Orchestra)
03. Right Now (The Ray Charles Orchestra)
04. Intro
05. Riding Thumb
06. Busted
07. Georgia On My Mind
08. Oh, What A Beautiful Morning
09. For Mamma
10. Some Enchanted Evening (solo: DW – ts)
11. Come Rain Or Come Shine (solo: DW – ts)
12. Intro Raelettes
13. I Want Your Love (ft. Estella Yarbrough)
14. I Can’t Stop Loving You
15. 3/4 Time
16. Born To Love Me
17. Baby Please Don’t Go (solo: ER – g)
18. What’d I Say

The line-up must have been highly similar to or identical with the concerts in Montreal (4 July) and in Andorra (16 July):

The band in Andorra on 16 July.

Mark Curry, Denny Christianson (or Dean Conglin?), Robbie Kwock, Phil Guilbeau – trumpets; Mayo Tiana, John Boice, Scott Fisher, Dana Hughes – trombones; Clifford Solomon, Brian Mitchell, Rudy Johnson, Donald Wilkerson, Louis Van Taylor – saxophones; James Polk – piano; Eugene Ross – guitar; Roger W. Hines – bass; Rick Kirkland – drums. The Raelettes: Trudy Cohran, Anne Johnson, Janice Mitchelll, Elaine Woodard, Estella Yarbrough. 


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