Written by
Bob Stumpel

July 15

Ray Charles Live In Ithaca (1984)

'84 LC Ithaca

On November 8, 1984, the Ray Charles Group performed at Cornell University’s Bailly Hall in Ithaca.* Someone in the audience had his Nakamichi ready to tape the concert.

The line-up of the band probably wasn’t much different from the Warsaw concerts in late October:
Robbie Kwock, Mark Curry, Jim Seely, Jeff Kaye – trumpets; John Boice, Dan Marcus, Dan Weinstein, Dana Hughes – trombones;  Brian Mitchell, Clifford Solomon (band leader), Ricky Woodard, Rudy Johnson, Louis Van Taylor – saxophones; Bobby Floyd – organ; Dennis Nelson – guitar; Roger Hines – bass; Ricky Kirkland – drums; The Raelettes: Trudy Cohran, Anne Johnson, Janice Mitchell, Elaine Woodard, Estella Yarbrough.

The setlist was:

  1. Project S (Ray Charles Orchestra)
  2. The Time Is Right (Ray Charles Orchestra)
  3. The Shadow Of Your Smile (Ray Charles Orchestra)
  4. Sister Sadie (Ray Charles Orchestra)
  5. Intro RC
  6. Riding Thumb
  7. Busted
  8. Georgia On My Mind
  9. Oh, What A Beautiful Morning
  10. I’ve Got News For You
  11. Some Enchanted Evening
  12. She Knows (partial, truncated) 
  13. Alexander’s Ragtime Band
  14. Guess Who I Saw Today
  15. Hit the Road Jack
  16. I Can’t Stop Loving You
  17. Knock On Wood
  18. 3/4 Time
  19. Born to Love Me
  20. What’d I Say (intro: I’m Gonna Keep On Singin’)
  21. Outro

* Special thanks to Nick Hoorweg for notifying me.


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