Written by
Bob Stumpel

December 9

Ray Charles Live In Versilia (1984)

'84 LC VersiliaConcert 1984 Versilia

On 1 November 1984 Ray Charles gave a concert in the Bussola Domani series at the Palcoscenica in Versilia. The show was (live, semi-live or later?) broadcast by Rai Uno. La Stampa of 2 November suggested that Ray received 100,000,000 lire for the performance (“3,000 spectators in a religious silence under the big tent […], moved the audience with a whisper and mumbles his infinite tenderness, and loads of fun and laughter, enhances  applause with the originality of his interpretations and his squirming at the piano”).

Musicians: Robbie Kwock, Mark Curry, Jim Seeley, 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. Raelettes: Trudy Cohran, Anne Johnson, Janice Mitchell, Elaine Woodard, Estella Yarbrough.

I have seen a few video fragments of the concert. Who knows more?


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