Written by
Bob Stumpel

October 12

The Sandblaster (The Ray Charles Orchestra)

UnreleasedWith Ray Charles Band


This theme, written by Roger Neumann*, was played for many decades every time that Ray Charles entered the stage.** The audience-tape of the San Carlos concert in 1971 captured one of the few known full versions.

Ray Charles – piano; the line-up of the band must have been very similar to the known personnel of the October 1971 concerts at La Salle Pleyel in Paris.

San Carlos, 1971:

* Many thanks to Tony Horowitz for naming the tune, and for the attribution to RN. ** To be precize: the last 2 choruses of the shout were used as Ray’s walk-on.


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