Written by
Bob Stumpel

June 23

Ray Charles Live In Roanoke

'84 LC RoanokeConcert 1984 Roanoke

Someone in the audience made a (mediocre) recording of Ray Charles’ concert at the Grandin Theatre in Roanoke (VA) on September 1, 1984. The setlist went like:

  1. Intro + Metamorphosis
  2. Let The Good Times Roll (start missing)
  3. Georgia On My Mind
  4. Then We’ll Be Home (Sadies Tune)
  5. I’ve Got News For You
  6. Some Enchanted Evening
  7. If You Wouldn’t Be My Lady
  8. Crying Time
  9. Eleanor Rigby
  10. I Can’t Stop Loving You
  11. Knock On Wood
  12. Baby Please Don’t Go
  13. What’d I Say
  14. Outro

Seeing Ray Charles, despite his blindness, navigate a set of narrow, sharp-turning stairs quicker than a sighted person might, programmer Philip Poff remembered,

“Ray came flying down those steps. He shocked us so much that we were almost dumbstruck.”

Philip Poff


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