Written by
Bob Stumpel

June 24

Ray Charles Live In Charlotte Pops Concert (1998)

'98 LC CharlotteConcert 1998 Charlotte BootlegWith Ray Charles Band

On October 1, 1998 Ray Charles performed with his trio and The Charlotte Philharmonic (conductor Albert-George Schram) at Ballroom C of the Charlotte Convention Center. There must be a bootleg out there. (The week before, on September 29, Ray had already performed nearby, at the North Carolina Blumenthal Performing Arts Center – probably with his own orchestra).

The tracklist of the bootleg (corrections in red):

  1. [audience noise +] Intro
  2. It Hurts To Be In Love
  3. That Lucky Old Sun
  4. Let’s Get Away From It All
  5. Georgia On My Mind
  6. Take These ChainsFrom My Heart
  7. Your Cheating Heart
  8. TheGood Life
  9. Say No More
  10. Blues For Big Scotia
  11. A Song For You
  12. All I Ever NeedIs You
  13. [introduction +] America The Beautiful

 #4 is new (to me) on Ray’s ‘symphony gig’ playlist. It’s probably the Tommy Dorsey song.


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