Ray Charles Sings America The Beautiful At World Series (2001)
The weeks after 9/11 the American airwaves were filled with patriotic songs. Ray’s America The Beautiful got tremendous airplay.
On 28 October 2001 he performed the song during game 2 of the World Series, at Bank One Ballpark (now Chase Field) in Phoenix, where the Arizona Diamondbacks played against (and beat) the New York Yankees. The photos seem to imply that Ray performed one or two songs more.
The match was aired by Fox. I assume the clip below comes from one of the DVDs offered here.
About one month after 9/11 the Today Show covered the song’s (and Ray’s) renewed popularity.