Soundclip of Fever, with Nathalie Cole:
(I don't want to ruin a good story, but did any of the researchers make sure that it was actually Ray himself doing the snapping, and, if so, that it was a one-take recording?).
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|Spread from the 1992 European Tour|
itinerary from promoter DIBA
(collection Steve Sigmund).
Things always changed after the
printing was done; therefore the data
on the personnel
were never entirely correct.
|Still from watermarked archive clip.|
So if a Ray Charles would come to town or a Tina Turner would come to town I'd head to the Civic Center and say, "Mr. Charles I'll pick you up in the morning at nine o'clock, would you come out to the station?" And Ray said, "You know I think I will." Here I am with a genius of the business and I'm riding in the front seat with him coming out to Channel 4 and his manager leans over from the back seat and says, "How much are we getting paid for this?" and I said, "Oh my gosh we don't have a budget you know people just appear for the promotional value." He said, "Well we just turned down five thousand dollars to appear on the Ed Sullivan show." And my heart sank and I said, "Sir I'll have to turn you around and take you back to the hotel." He said, "I'll tell you what, just because we are members of the union if you will give us three dollars we will do it." I said, "Ok!" I gave him three bucks and we did the show."In 2009 The Scene was on display and the subject of an event at the Oklahoma History Center (shaky clip):
|The program's logo (still).|
|Still from video copy.|
|Still from video copy.|
|Mike Douglad and Ray Charles, possibly from this show.|
|Ad from New York Amsterdam News, Jun. 17, 1972.|
|Photo by Cecil Lockard.|
|Ad from Ann Arbor Sun, July 12, 1973.|
|Ad from Ann Arbor Sun, Aug. 8, 1973.|
| Ad in New York Amsterdam News, |
Dec. 16, 1972.
|At the set, checking |
the wrists of the Paylettes.
|From Cinémonde magazine, 29 May 1962.|
|This poster is probably from 1962 (but could also be from 1963 or 1964).|
|Souvenir program, most probably from these concert series at the Olympia. "Twist Panorama" refers to a locally released compilation album carrying that title (Vega LP33), with songs by "Ray Charles, son orchestre et les Raelets", Maxine Brown, Lloyd price, Jon Thomas, The Barkays, and Jo Ann Campbell. |
Keg Johnson is erroneously credited as a trumpeter; the other trombonists are missing in the line-up published here.
Coll. J.P. Verger.
|Reception (precise date unknown) at the Club d'Étoile, organized by Vega, the local records distrubutor. Left: Bruno Coquatrix, owner of the Olympia; right: Eddie Barclay of Vega.|
|This photo was shot on or shortly after the 17th - backstage (source says incorrectly: at La Salle Pleyel).|
|French Ray Charles fans (video still).|
|Poster (or program cover?) |
of the 1961 festival,
with wrong date
range, as reproduced
by the magazine Jazz Hot.
|Bootleg Ray à Juan|
"It is from these [9 RTF] programs that we culled 105 minutes of Ray Charles' various performances and tried to reassemble them into the original order of the sets. It is important to note that the footage included in this [DVD] was never originally intended to be broadcast as a full-length program.""In 1961, long before the digital age, films were edited by physically cutting and splicing segments together and discarding the rest (on the famed “cutting room floor.”) Unfortunately, this is why only 105 minutes exist from the four sets Ray and the band performed in July 1961. The biggest task for us was how to put the 25 songs that were spread out across the various programs back together into a seamless Ray Charles concert experience. To make matters worse, the individual songs were often missing the first and last notes. Fortunately, the full sets existed as radio recordings. This allowed us to (for the most part) rearrange the clips into their original running order, fix all of the missing heads and tails of the performances, and as a bonus, gave the whole project far superior sound! This still left us with the challenge of creating the visual bridges between the songs; our solution to this was to insert audience shots culled from the over 20 hours of footage filmed at the festival that year."The audio mastering was done by Joe Palmaccio. "He took our damaged 50-year-old radio tapes that were less than ideally recorded and brought out a brilliant, fully rounded sonic clarity that we could have only hoped was somehow buried in those tapes."
|A.||18 July 1961||Radio||CD||DVD1||DVD2|
|4.||One Mint Julep||X||X||X||X|
|5.||Let the Good Times Roll||X||X||X||X|
|6.||Georgia On My Mind||X||X||X||X|
|8.||(Night Time Is) The Right Time*||X||X|
|9.||Sticks And Stones||X||X||X||X|
|10.||Hallelujah, I Love Her So||X||X||X||X|
|11.||What I’d Say||X||X||X||X|
|* Listed as Night Train by INA|
|B.||19 July 1961||Radio||CD||DVD1||DVD2|
|2.||In A Little Spanish Town||X|
|5.||Let The Good Times Roll||X|
|6.||Georgia On My Mind||X|
|7.||Sticks And Stones||X||X||X|
|10.||I Believe To My Soul||X||X||X|
|11.||What I’d Say||X||X||X|
|* Conjecture: listed as Upbeat by INA.|
|C.||21 July 1961||Radio||CD||DVD1||DVD2|
|3.||Let The Good Times Roll||X|
|6.||With You On My Mind**||X||x||X|
|7.||Sticks And Stones||X|
|9.||What I’d Say||X|
|* Listed as Hot Rod by INA. ** Indicated as being from 22 July on DVDs.|
|D.||22 July 1961||Radio||CD||DVD1||DVD2|
|4.||Let The Good Time Roll||X||X||X|
|5.||Georgia On My Mind||X||X||X|
|7.||With You On My Mind||X|
|8.||Tell The Truth||X||X||X|
|10.||Sticks And Stones||X||X||X|
|11.||I Believe To My Soul||X||X||X|
|12.||What I’d Say||X||X||X|
|* Conjecture: listed as Hot Rod by INA. ** Conjecture: listed as Upbeat by INA.|
|Poster in Antibes, "Celui que l'Amérique appelle 'le genie'" (collection J.P. Verger).|
|Article (i.e. most of it) by R. Langel in Tribune de Lausanne (Oct. 27) with a review and unique photos.|
From Cinémonde, 17 October 1961.
|One of the infamous Antibes kitchen chairs from the first concert. The festival organizers obviously didn't expect the band to read music.|
|David Newman, Hank Crawford, John Hunt, and the kitchen chairs (collection J.P. Verger).|
|The band on the 18th: Edgar Willis, Leroy Cooper, Bruno Carr, David Newman, Hank Crawford, John Hunt, Phil Guilbeau (still or photo?).|
Photo by René Vital/Paris Match.
Photo by René Vital/Paris Match.
Photo by René Vital/Paris Match.From Rallye Jeunesse. Nov. 1961 (courtesy of André Monnot).
|The Raelettes (collection J.P. Verger).|
From Swiss 1961 souvenir brochure.
|Photo by Jean-Pierre Leloir.|
|Coll. J.P. Verger.|
|Ray's exit at one of the later concerts (collection J.P. Verger).|
|On stage with mayor Dumas; Joe Adams left, Phil Guilbeau right (collection J.P. Verger).|
|Reception a/o press conference, with mr. Dumas, the mayor of Antibes/Juan-les-Pins, Count Basie and Ray Charles.|
|"Three greats get together as the mayor of a French city honors, left to right, Count Basie and Ray Charles in a museum over 400 years old at a reception given by the city. The painting in the background is an original Picsasso"; from 1962 concert souvenir brochure.|
|"Ray Charles, Jeff Brown, Joe Adams, Henry Godgran as Ray 'watches' the latest Parisian styles on the Riviera in France"; from 1962 concert souvenir brochure.|
|Ray Charles and Raita Johnson attending a Count Basie concert.|
|EP released by Vega in early 1960s; the cover photo, showing Ray attending a Count Basie concert in Antibes, was taken by Jean-Pierre Leloir. Also see this.|
|Prob. part of the same photo series.|
|(Collection J.P. Verger).|
|Article in Disco Revue (Oct. 12, 1961). Ray promises the interviewer to take language courses, to get beyond the stage of the 'merci beaucoups', Then he asks her to scout a 20 acre terrain for him in France, big enough to build a house and to land his plane.|
Photo by by René Vital/Paris Match.
|Photo by Jacques Chenard.|
|Ray Charles' love affair with the blonde Finnish journalist Raita Johnson started with an interview in Antibes. Photos (c) Rancurel.|
The Ray Charles Video Museum is a research project, documenting live performances by The Genius.
This blog is above all a Mediagraphy. It's also a discography (or, more correctly, a trackography), aggregating all tunes that Ray sang and/or played - including the "canon" of 700 tracks listed on the official Ray Charles website, but also identifying the songs that have never been officially released, and e.g. the recordings of other artists, where Ray backed them on piano. Thirdly, this blog has evolved into a multimedia Chronology (click the years in the panel al the top of this page) of Ray's productive live.
The availability of the streaming video and audio content on this blog is constantly under pressure. Some rights owners still think that sharing these videos damages their sales. I'm keeping disfunctional clips as placeholders - to show that the footage exists, and to replace them when new uploads appear on the Web.
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