Written by
Bob Stumpel

June 14

Ray Charles Live In Wantagh (1992)

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On June 22, 1992 Ray Charles, B.B. King, Buddy Guy, Dr. John and The Fabulous Thunderbirds were found jamming at the Downtime Bar in New York City, where they announced their Blues Festival ’92 Tour. As far as I know the plans only materialized in a limited series of concerts in June and September.
On September 2 the group played the Jones Beach Amphitheater in Wantagh (NY). Ray’s show was taped from the audience (in a reasonably good quality)*. The setlist was:

  1. Intro show
  2. Woody ‘n’ Bu (Ray Charles Orchestra)
  3. Intro Ray Charles 
  4. Then We’ll Be Home (Sadies Tune)
  5. Busted
  6. Georgia On My Mind
  7. Come Rain Or Come Shine
  8. Teardrops From My Eyes
  9. Ellie, My Love
  10. The Good Life
  11. The Brightest Smile in Town
  12. Intro Raelettes
  13. I Want Your Love (ft Estella Yarbrough)
  14. I Can’t Stop Loving You
  15. I Believe To My Soul
  16. What’d I Say
  17. Outro

The line-up must have came close to this: 

Ted Murdock, Ken Scharf, David Hoffman, Chuck Parrish – trumpets; Wayne Coniglio, Marc Fields, Mike Guerrier, Steve Sigmund – trombones; Steve Elliott, Al Jackson, Al Waters, Rudy Johnson, Jim Farnsworth – saxophones; Peter Turre – drums; Kenny Carr – guitar; Benoît Grey – bass; Ernest Vantrease – keyboards; The Raelettes: Trudy Cohran, Pamela Diggs, Paula Moye, AngieWorkman, Estella Yarbrough.

* Special thanks to George Rue.


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