Written by
Bob Stumpel

August 8

Ray Charles On A Pre-Produced Promo Radio Show (1985)

'85 DM Friendship

In 1985 Columbia (#39415) released Friendship, a parade of country stars joining Ray in a string of duets.
If my interpretation of the pictures above (I found them on Ebay) is correct, Columbia promoted the album with a pre-produced “radio show”, where they let Ray introduce each tune. I guess DJs were invited to use the recording to spice up their own shows. Materials from this promo were probably re-used in this clip from the Country Music Hall Of Fame.
Anyhow, the album went to #1 on the country charts and spun off four Top 20 country singles, including a #1 hit for Ray and Willie Nelson on Seven Spanish Angels.


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