Written by
Bob Stumpel

February 16

Ray Charles Live In Milan (1991)

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The YouTube video clips below come from a concert at the Milanofiori Forum di Assago on December 4, 1991. They were part of a television program, directed by Giancarlo Nicotra, that was aired on December 6,  by TMC(Telemontecarlo).

A good copy of the 59-minute video that I already knew from this source recently landed in my inbox (update: added below). There’s also a torrent titled Ray Charles Live In Milano At Forum Milano, probably identical to this taping by TMC.

The setlist was:

  1. Intro
  2. Then We’ll Be Home (Sadies Tune)
  3. Busted
  4. Georgia On My Mind
  5. Some Enchanted Evening
  6. Teardrops From My Eyes
  7. Yours
  8. I Feel So Bad
  9. The Good Life
  10. Chain Of Fools 
  11. Baby It’s Cold Outside (ft Angie Workman)
  12. I Can’t Stop Loving You
  13. What’d I Say
  14. Outro
  15. O Sole Mio

This version of The Good Life (#9) is the first recording I know with The Ray Charles Orchestra (it was one of Ray’s favorites at symphony gigs). Although Brother Ray “never did encores”, the super soulful rendition of O Sole Mio (#15) very much looked like one.

Musicians: David Hoffman, Chuck Parrish, Jason Carder, Jim Rotondi – trumpets; Marc Fields, Steve Sigmund, Mike Guerrier, Jose Davila – trombones; Al Waters, Al Jackson (bandleader), Steve Elliott, Rudy Johnson, Jim Farnsworth – saxophones; Nils Johnson – bass, Kenny Carr – guitar; Peter Turre – drums, Ernest Vantrease – B3 Hammond organ. The Raelettes: Stella Yarbrough, Trudy Cohran, Angie Workman, Paula Moye, Wendy Smith.

Then We’ll Be Home (Sadies Tune):

Georgia On My Mind:

Some Enchanted Evening:


Complete show (incl. commercials):


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