|Photo from CBS Archives (Getty).|
4 August 1968 - Sullivan offered Charles a 15-minute slot, the second he ever gave (after the one for The Beatles). Ray appeared with his whole entourage - Raelettes, Orchestra and Preston. Billy (Ray on piano) performed his incredible Agent Double-O-Soul* act. Ray Charles (with Billy on organ and the Raelettes) performed Yesterday and What'd I Say.
Billy Preston performing Agent Double O Soul:
Preston also sat in when Ray performed Yesterday (but I doubt if he produced a single note during that tune) and What'd I Say (especially contributing nicely to its intro).
It looks as if they performed What'd I Say (Billy Preston on organ) twice (or it was continued "under" the show's closing credits).
Another great Preston version of Agent Double-O-Soul from Shindig! (1965):
What'd I Say:
* I'm following the orthography of Edwin Starr's original single release.
8 December 1968 (season 22, episode 8) - Ray Charles performed Marie, Eleanor Rigby and If It Weren't For Bad Luck, supported by The Raelettes and accompanied by Ray Bloch's Orchestra.
The other stars were: Liza Minnelli (singing Sweet Blindness, a.o.), Richard Pryor and Joan Sutherland. There is a complete reel of the show in the Historic Films archive (ID AS-337).
|Performing What'd I Say.|
Director Leonard Hirschfield used "a team of seven cinematographers" in the production. There's a 2 minute tape in the collection of the Paley Center (their database mentions Joshua Logan as the director), and another copy in the Historic Films archive (ID COM-19).
The spread above, from New York Magazine (January 26, 1970), adds some attractive juice to the story. The biggest charm, of course, is actually seeing these 100 contribuants together. The shooting of the PSA (and this photo) took place in New York, "one Sunday afternoon in December", i.e. in 1969.
The footage of the clip has survived (timecoded copy without audio here). Read this for context.