Written by
Bob Stumpel

October 7

This Time (I’ll Be the Fool) – Ft. Madelyn Quebec

'80 LC NorthseaWith Madelyn Quebec

A substantial part (i.e. about half) of Ray Charles’ 1st concert at the Northsea Jazz Festival on July 13, 1980, has just emerged on YouTube for the first time.

The cameras caught The Genius in excellent condition, and in a playful mood (watch him fool with his rhythm section, and hear him deliver some rare scatting in the final!), but the big and pleasant surprise is the rendition of This Time (I’ll Be The Fool), starring Madelyn Quebec.

The newly found footage, starting with Madelyn

Ray Charles – vocals, piano, el. piano; Mitch Manker, Doug Crescimano, Tom Swayzee, Doug Martin – trumpets; Art Velasco, Dan Marcus, Papo Vázquez, Steve Davis – trombones; Ricky Woodard, Clifford Solomon, Ira Weinstein, Rudy Johnson, Mark Roland – saxophones; Tony Matthews – guitar; Curtis Ohlson – bass; Peter Turre – drums; James Polk – keyboards. Raelettes: Estella Yarbrough, Pat Peterson, Madelyn Quebec, Trudy Cohran, Avis Harrell.

06. Don’t You Love Me Anymore
07. Intro Raelettes (by RC)
08. Love Is What We Need (ft. Estella Yarbrough)
09. Knock On Wood (ft. Trudy Cohran)
10. I Can’t Stop Loving You
11. I Can See Clearly Now
12. This Time (I’ll Be The Fool) (ft. Madelyn Quebec)
13. I’m Gonna Keep On Singin’
14. What’d I Say
15. Outro

In 1975 Ray had produced and co-engineered a recording of This Time by Darrow Fletcher for his Crossover label (the B-side of CR-983, 1975, b/w We’ve Got To Get An Understanding); the song was also released on the compilation album Darrow Fletcher ‎– Crossover Records 1975-79 – Soul Sessions (Kent Soul – CDKEND 382, 2012).*

Darrow’s 1975 recording

* Many thanks to Joël Dufour.


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