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08 April 2010

Ray Charles Ft. In Hee Haw (1970, 1981)

Ray Charles and Buck Owens (taping a Hee Haw episode in, 1971).
Hee Haw was a CBS variety show featuring country music and humor. The show was centered on country music, and (initially) was co-hosted by musicians Buck Owens and Roy Clark. Ray Charles played Don't Change On Me, an untitled interlude with the studio band, and Crying Time (as a duet, with Buck Owens, its composer) in episode 3 of the second season of Hee Haw, on 29 September 1970. Later that year, on 1 December (season 2, show #11) Ray was on again. He played You Don't Know Me, and did a duet on Together Again with Buck Owens.

In December 1980 Ray Charles, Roy Clark and Buck Owens taped an episode (to be aired on March 14, 1981; season 13, show #25) of Hee Haw where Ray performed Take These Chains From My Heartan excellent duet version of I've Got A Woman with Roy Clark, Jealous Heart (with Buck Owens and Roy Clark) and Makin' Believe. It was the first and only time that I know of that he did Jealous Heart. Source here. See this for context. A documentary photo set can be seen here.

Episode 2.3 was part of the box The Complete Hee Haw 13 DVD Collection, and the 14-DVD box Hee Haw - The Collector's Edition, both released by Time Life, s.a.
It's unclear to me if episode 2.8 was ever released (but the good quality of the video below seems to indicate it).

Season 2, episode 3 (Sep. 29, 1970):

Season 2, episode 8 (Dec. 1, 1970):

1981 - Take These Chains From My Heart:

Ray Charles and Buck Owens (clipping from Jet, 22 January 1981).
Buck Owens and Ray Charles on the cover of Song Hits (Jan. 1971).

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