[Ray Charles Promotional Music Concert Program].
“Brightest Smile in Town” brings out a Ray of sunshine
Promotional music concert program for blind African-American singer, songwriter, composer, and pianist Ray Charles (1930–2004), issued by his record publisher, Tangerine Record Corp. and distributor, ABC Records, Inc. The program was issued for the release of Charles’ latest album, A Portrait of Ray (1968), which included such songs as the blues standard “Am I Blue”, Percy Mayfield’s “Never Say Naw,” and John Lennon and Paul McCartney’s “Eleanor Rigby.”
The program for “The Ray Charles Show”—likely given away by Charles’ musical publishers and distributors or sold at his concerts—includes an open letter to his fans, numerous black and white photographs of Charles in concert, rehearsing, or on the road, and an essay by Elaine Jermer, “A Legend…in his own time.”
The concert featured performances by The Raelets—Charles’ “girl group” backing vocalists, The Band Within a Band (“The Original Ray Charles Orchestra”), and The Ray Charles Orchestra. Also illustrated are the album covers for Charles’ complete ABC/Tangerine catalog.
Description: [Ray Charles Promotional Music Concert Program].
New York and Beverly Hills, California: Tangerine Record Corp., Distributed by ABC Records, Inc., (1967). pp. Oversized Program. 13 x 9 inches. Color illustrated stiff paper wrappers; stapled. Half tone illustrations from photographs, “Courtesy of Life Magazine.” Some creasing along spine; small scratch at bottom edge of upper cover; very good.