The most talked about moment in the white press the day after the show was that Dinah had put her hand on the shoulder of Ray (see photo below). The contemporary black press only talked about Ray's fat $15,000 cheque. (Also read this article by Marc Myers: How TV Sabotaged Racism).
|Still (?) on Research Video's website.|
The show probably was originally (also?) taped &
amp; broadcast in color.
Ray brought his orchestra and The Raelettes to the show. I advise to watch the whole program (it's a gem), but if you only want to see & hear The Genius, follow these cues:
- [Dinah's laudatory intro] 27:00
- Just A Little Lovin' 27:40
- You Don't Know Me 30:50
- What'd I Say 34:24
- [Finale:] Zip A Dee Do Dah (with Dinah Shore, Liberace, Peter Nero and Big Tiny Little) 54.39
For more on Ray & Dinah also see this (1956) and this (1967).
The integral TV show (the original was probably - also? - broadcast in color):
|A white hand on a black shoulder... From Jet, TV - Ray Charles, Dinah Shore, 21 November 1963.|
|From Jet, 24 January 1963.|
Rehearsal scene: Dinah Shore and Ray Charles.
Still from the show's finale. Source: Billboard, 15 October 1966.
|Rehearsal scene: Liberace and Ray Charles.|
|Ray's booking and PR agents and Atlantic would re-use the photos taken at the set of the TV program for many years. This one is from an article in the Dutch newspaper Nieuwsblad van het Noorden, from April 27, 1963. (The article specs out the groups' personnel in 1962).|
Personnel (per section, f.l.t.r.)*:
Musicians: Marcus Belgrave, Wallace Davenport John Hunt, Phil Guilbeau; Leon Comegys, Henderson Chambers, Julian Priester, Keg Johnson - trombones; David Newman, Hank Crawford, Buddy Pearson, James Clay, Leroy Cooper - saxophones; Unidentified - drums; Sonny Forriest - guitar; Edgar Willis - bass. The Raelettes: Margie Hendricks, Gwen Berry, Pat Lyles, Darlene McCrea.
*Many thanks to Joël Dufour.
|Publicity photo: Ray - standing in front of the Orchestra - acts as if he's taking a solo on saxophone. Note that Hank Crawford is holding a flute here. Joe Adams accidentally stepping into the picture?!|
|Publicity photo: Ray Charles and Dinah Shore standing in front of the Orchestra.|
|Publicity photo: Ray Charles and Dinah Shore, flanked by The Raelettes, standing in front of the Orchestra (clipped from c. 1964 souvenir brochure).|
Publicity photo: David Newman on flute (clipped from c. 1964 souvenir brochure).
|This album cover photo (released in August '63) was also shot during the production of the Dinah Shore show. Photo by Howard Morehead. Cover design by Frank Gauna.|
|Cover art of an Australian EP from 1969.|