Ray Charles Live In Copenhagen (1964)
|Photos by Jan Person.|
I’ve listened to an obviously partial copy from a Ray Charles concert in Copenhagen in 1964. I don’t know the exact date of the show, but overseeing the little we know of the ’64 Europe Tour, late July or mid August are the most feasible bets.
The tracks were:
- Birth Of A Band (with Ray Charles Orchestra)
- Hallelujah I love Her So
- Makin’ Whoopee
- Baby Don’t You Cry
- You Don’t Know Me
- Hardhearted Hannah
- That Lucky Old Sun
- Hide Nor Hair
- Hit The Road Jack
The hidden treasure is in #8: the only known live version of Hardhearted Hanna (originally the B-side from an August 1960 single, and also released on the January 1961 album Dedicated To You).
Remarkably, the Danish audience seemed to be more appreciative of the jokes in Whoopee (#3) than the crowd witnessing the 1964 concert in Britain. That Lucky Old Sun (#7) this time got a regular treatment, without bass & bow.
The duration of all tunes together is a little over 30 minutes. Georgia, Can’t Stop and What’d I Say were clearly omitted, but to come to a minimum duration of a regular concert, we can probably add up 2 or 3 more missing songs.