|Murray the K (Murray Kaufman).|
A product of LBJ's Great Society, this TV special was produced in conjunction with the Office of Economic Opportunity, with a message telling teenage high school dropouts about all the government programs (like Job Corps) that could improve their lives.
|Still from the show.|
Senate Republicans, evidently not fans, denounced the show as "decadent" and "depraved".
|Clipping from Jet, 1 July 1965.|
An bootleg copy was released by 'Lady Goose Productions' in 2007 as a DVD titled: Murray the K & His 1965 Show of Shows. Historic Films has archived a reel (ID MK-1), describing the whole show, and specifying Ray's contribution to the finale with the song titles Cry (33 seconds) and What'd I Say (2m15s).
Illegitimate DVD copies of the show are sometimes offered on the web. Also read this.
The complete list of acts was:
02. Martha & The Vandellas, Nowhere To Run
03. Jan & Dean, One-Piece Bathingsuit
04. Dionne Warwick, Walk On By
05. Herman's Hermits, Mrs. Brown You've Got A Lovely Daughter
06. Marvin Gaye, Pride And Joy
07. Cannibal & The Headhunters, Land Of 1000 Dances
08. Patti LaBelle & The Blue Belles, You'll Never Walk Alone
09. Little Anthony & The Imperials, I'm Alright
10. Tom Jones, It's Not Unusual
11. The Ronettes, Be My Baby
12. Johnny Mathis, Wild In The Wind
13. Chuck Jackson, I Don't Want To Cry
14. Mary Wells, My Guy
15. Johnny Rivers, Seventh Son
16. Bill Cosby, Shop Class Routine
17. The Temptations, The Way You Do The Things You Do
18. Gary Lewis & The Playboys, Count Me In
19. The Drifters, Up On The Roof
20. The Supremes, Stop! In The Name Of Love
21. The Miracles, Ooo Baby Baby
22. The Dave Clark Five, I Like It Like That
23. The Righteous Brothers, You've Lost That Lovin' Feelin'
24. Four Tops, I Can't Help Myself
25. Ray Charles, Medley
Lots of strangeness in this inscripted commercial for New Chance:
The complete show has popped up on YouTube... Just as with Ray's '65 Shindig appearance, Onzy Matthews acted as Ray's musical director (he possibly also handpicked the members of the band).
Regrettably, Ray's Cry (the only known live version!) has indeed been cut down to a little more than 30 seconds. What'd I Say was turned into a pandemonium.