In Performance at The White House

S2016 E2 | FULL EPISODE

Smithsonian Salutes Ray Charles

"Smithsonian Salutes Ray Charles: In Performance at the White House" showcases an evening of celebration with President and Mrs. Obama at the White House in honor of the legacy of iconic singer, songwriter, composer and musician Ray Charles. Performances by Yolanda Adams, Leon Bridges, Andra Day, Anthony Hamilton, Brittany Howard, Demi Lovato, Sam Moore, Jussie Smollett, The Band Perry and Usher.

AIRED: February 26, 2016 | 0:56:46
ABOUT THE PROGRAM
TRANSCRIPT

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ANNOUNCER: TONIGHT, FROM OUR NATIONS CAPITAL,

THE SMITHSONIAN...

TELLING AMERICA'S STORY TO THE WORLD...

COMES TO THE WHITE HOUSE TO CELEBRATE THE GENIUS

OF RAY CHARLES.

WITH SPECIAL APPEARANCES BY...

YOLANDA ADAMS.

THE BAND PERRY.

LEON BRIDGES.

ANDRA DAY.

ANTHONY HAMILTON.

DEMI LOVATO.

JUSSIE SMOLLETT.

SAM MOORE AND USHER.

THE SMITHSONIAN SALUTES RAY CHARLES

IN PERFORMANCE AT THE WHITE HOUSE.

CORPORATE FUNDING FOR IN PERFORMANCE AT THE WHITE HOUSE

IS PROVIDED BY PEPSI.

PEPSI IS PROUD TO SUPPORT IN PERFORMANCE AT THE WHITE HOUSE,

CELEBRATING THE ENDURING LEGACY OF RAY CHARLES.

AMERICAN AIRLINES OPERATES AN AVERAGE OF

6,700 FLIGHTS PER DAY TO NEARLY 350 DESTINATIONS

IN MORE THAN 50 COUNTRIES.

WE ARE PROUD OF OUR SUPPORT OF ARTS PROGRAMMING

ON PUBLIC TELEVISION AND

IN PERFORMANCE AT THE WHITE HOUSE.

ADDITIONAL FUNDING PROVIDED BY THE KOVLER FOUNDATION.

TRACY RICHELLE HIGH AND ROMAN JOHNSON.

MRS. OLOWATOYIN OJORA SARAKI.

KAREN AND SAM SEYMOUR.

AND BY THE CORPORATION FOR PUBLIC BROADCASTING.

[AUDIENCE CHEERS AND APPLAUSE].

ANNOUNCER: LADIES AND GENTLEMEN,

PLEASE WELCOME THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES

AND MRS. MICHELLE OBAMA.

[AUDIENCE APPLAUSE]

PRESIDENT OBAMA: THANK YOU SO MUCH EVERYBODY.

THANK YOU.

THANK YOU, EVERYBODY.

THANK YOU, THANK YOU.

THANK YOU SO MUCH.

EVERYBODY PLEASE HAVE A SEAT.

WELL, GOOD EVENING, EVERYBODY.

AUDIENCE: GOOD EVENING.

PRESIDENT OBAMA: AND WELCOME TO THE WHITE HOUSE.

OVER THE PAST SEVEN YEARS, MICHELLE AND I HAVE SET ASIDE

NIGHTS LIKE THIS TO HONOR THE MUSIC THAT SHAPED AMERICA.

CLASSICAL AND COUNTRY, BLUES AND BROADWAY,

GOSPEL AND MOTOWN, THE WOMEN OF SOUL AND THE

SOUNDS OF THE CIVIL RIGHTS MOVEMENT.

THIS HAS BECOME ONE OF OUR MOST CHERISHED TRADITIONS,

AND I WANT TO THANK PBS FOR HELPING US TO PUT ON

THESE WONDERFUL EVENTS.

[AUDIENCE APPLAUSE].

TONIGHT'S A LITTLE BITTER SWEET BECAUSE THIS

MARKS OUR FINAL IN PERFORMANCE AT THE WHITE HOUSE.

[AUDIENCE MOANS].

I WILL NOT BE SINGING.

[AUDIENCE LAUGHS].

BUT, FOR OUR LAST ONE,

IT IS FITTING THAT WE PAY TRIBUTE TO ONE

OF OUR FAVORITES,

AND ONE OF THE MOST BRILLIANT AND

INFLUENTIAL MUSICIANS OF OUR TIMES:

THE LATE, GREAT, GENIUS HIMSELF, MR. RAY CHARLES.

[AUDIENCE APPLAUSE].

I WANT TO THANK THE SMITHSONIAN FOR THEIR SUPPORT.

AND I WANT TO THANK THE MEMBERS OF RAY CHARLES' FAMILY

RAY FUSED JAZZ, GOSPEL, AND BLUES INTO A NEW SOUL SOUND.

AS HE PUT IT,

"GOSPEL AND THE BLUES ARE ALMOST THE SAME THING.

IT'S JUST A QUESTION OF WHETHER YOU'RE TALKIN' ABOUT

A WOMAN OR GOD."

[AUDIENCE LAUGHTER]

AND...

RAY DID IT ALL.

BUT WHATEVER GENRE OF MUSIC HE WAS PLAYING,

THERE WAS NO MISTAKING HIS SINGULAR SOUND...

THAT VIRTUOSO PIANO PLAYING THAT MATCHED THAT

ONE-OF-A-KIND VOICE.

HE COULDN'T SEE US...

BUT WE COULDN'T TAKE OUR EYES OFF OF HIM.

TO SEE RAY'S LEGACY, YOU DON'T HAVE TO LOOK FAR.

IT LIVES ON IN THE COUNTLESS MUSICIANS HE INFLUENCED,

INCLUDING THE ONES HERE WITH US TONIGHT.

SO I'M GOING TO STOP TALKING.

BECAUSE WITH SEVENTEEN PIECES, THE SAME NUMBER OF INSTRUMENTS

AS RAY'S BAND, THIS MIGHT BE THE BIGGEST BAND EVER

TO PLAY AT THE WHITE HOUSE.

ARE YOU READY?

AUDIENCE: YEAH!

PRESIDENT OBAMA: ME TOO.

HOLD ONTO YOUR SEATS AND ENJOY THE SHOW.

THANK YOU, EVERYBODY.

[AUDIENCE APPLAUSE].

ANNOUNCER: PLEASE WELCOME ONE OF THIS EVENING'S

EXECUTIVE PRODUCERS, CAPPY MCGARR.

CAPPY MCGARR: MR. PRESIDENT, MRS. OBAMA,

WE WANTED TO TAKE A MOMENT TO NOTE HOW SPECIAL

THESE EVENTS HAVE BEEN FOR THE LAST SEVEN YEARS.

TOGETHER WITH SHARON ROCKEFELLER

AND DALTON DELAN AND

ALL OF US, WHO'VE HAD THE PRIVILEGE TO WORK WITH W.E.T.A.

IN THE PERFORMANCE AT THE WHITE HOUSE SERIES,

THANK YOU FOR OPENING THE PEOPLE'S HOUSE TO AN ARRAY

OF MUSIC, CULTURE AND THE SPIRIT OF DIVERSITY,

FROM HIP HOP, BLUES, AS YOU SAID, SOUL, GOSPEL,

COUNTRY, LATIN MUSIC AND TONIGHT'S BIG-BAND SOUND.

AND WE'VE HAD "WONDER," "GENIUS" AND EVERYTHING

IN BETWEEN.

STEVIE WONDER SOUNDED OUR FIRST NOTE IN 2009,

AND RAY CHARLES WOULD HAVE BEEN PROUD TO SING US

OUT OF HERE.

WITH THAT, AS THE FIRST LADY MIGHT SAY, "LET'S MOVE!"

♪ ♪

ANNOUNCER: AND NOW, PLEASE WELCOME ANDRA DAY AND

ANTHONY HAMILTON.

♪["LET THE GOOD TIMES ROLL"] ♪

♪ [HORNS]. ♪

♪ ♪

♪ ANDRA: HEY EVERYBODY. ♪

♪ LET'S HAVE SOME FUN. ♪

♪ YOU ONLY LIVE BUT ONCE AND WHEN YOU'RE DEAD YOU'RE DONE. ♪

♪ SO LET THE GOOD TIMES ROLL. ♪

♪ YEAH, LET THE GOOD TIMES ROLL. ♪

♪ I DON'T CARE IF YOU'RE YOUNG OR OLD. ♪

♪ YOU OUGHTA GET TOGETHER AND LET THE GOOD TIMES ROLL. ♪

♪ ANTHONY: DON'T SIT THERE MUMBLING, ♪

♪ TALKIN' TRASH. ♪

♪ YOU WANT TO HAVE A BALL, ♪

♪ YOU GONNA HAVE TO SPEND SOME CASH. ♪

♪ LET THE GOOD TIMES ROLL. ♪

♪ YEAH, LET THE GOOD TIMES ROLL. ♪

♪ I DON'T CARE IF YOU'RE YOUNG OR OLD, ♪

♪ YOU GOTTA LET THE GOOD TIMES ROLL. ♪

♪ COME ON, BAND. ♪

♪ [HORNS]. ♪

♪ [SAX SOLO]. ♪

♪ ♪

♪ ANDRA: HEY Y'ALL TELL EVERYBODY ANDRA DAY'S IN TOWN. ♪

♪ I GOT A DOLLAR AND A QUARTER AND I'M ♪

♪ JUST RINGING THE CLOCK, YEAH. ♪

♪ ANTHONY: DON'T LET NO WOMAN PLAY ME CHEAP. ♪

♪ I'VE GOT FIFTY CENTS MORE THAN I'M GONNA KEEP. ♪

♪ LET THE GOOD TIMES ROLL. ♪

♪ YEAH, YOU GOTTA LET THE GOOD TIMES ROLL. ♪

♪ ANDRA: GOT TO LET 'EM ROLL. ♪

♪ ANTHONY: I DON'T CARE IF YOU'RE YOUNG OUR OLD. ♪

♪ GO AHEAD AND LET THE GOOD TIMES ROLL. ♪

♪ ANDRA: WOO-HOO. ♪

♪ DON'T MATTER WHETHER. ♪

♪ RAINY WEATHER. ♪

♪ IF YOU WANNA HAVE A BALL YOU GOTTA ♪

♪ GET YOURSELF TOGETHER. ♪

♪ ANTHONY: GET YOURSELF UNDER CONTROL. ♪

♪ AND COME ON LET THE GOOD TIMES ROLL. ♪

♪ ♪

[AUDIENCE APPLAUSE]

ANNOUNCER: FRESH FROM HER TRIUMPH AT THE GRAMMYS...

FROM ALABAMA SHAKES,

PLEASE WELCOME BRITTANY HOWARD.

BRITTANY: RAY LOVED THE SOUND OF THE CHOIR AND PREACHER

IN THE CHURCH, ESPECIALLY GOSPEL QUARTETS.

HIS BACKUP SINGERS, THE RAELETTES,

BROUGHT ALL-WOMAN ENERGY TO THAT STYLE.

RAY BLENDED THE GOSPEL SOUND WITH JUMPIN' JIVE

BIG BAND ARRANGEMENTS.

AND THE RESULT WAS PURE RAY.

LET'S HEAR IT!

♪ ["UNCHAIN MY HEART"] ♪

♪ [HORNS]. ♪

♪ BRITTANY: UNCHAIN MY HEART. ♪

♪ BACKGROUND VOCALS: UNCHAIN MY HEART. ♪

♪ BRITTANY: BABY LET ME BE. ♪

♪ BACKGROUND VOCALS: UNCHAIN MY HEART. ♪

♪ BRITTANY: UNCHAIN MY HEART. ♪

♪ BACKGROUND VOCALS: UNCHAIN MY HEART. ♪

♪ BRITTANY: 'CAUSE YOU DON'T CARE ABOUT ME. ♪

♪ BACKGROUND VOCALS: UNCHAIN MY HEART. ♪

♪ BRITTANY: YOU'VE GOT ME SEWED UP LIKE A PILLOW CASE. ♪

♪ BUT YOU LET MY LOVE GO TO WASTE. ♪

♪ SO UNCHAIN MY HEART. ♪

♪ PLEASE SET ME FREE. ♪

♪ UNCHAIN MY HEART. ♪

♪ BACKGROUND VOCALS: UNCHAIN MY HEART. ♪

♪ BRITTANY: BABY LET ME GO. ♪

♪ BACKGROUND VOCALS: UNCHAIN MY HEART. ♪

♪ BRITTANY: UNCHAIN MY HEART. ♪

♪ BACKGROUND VOCALS: UNCHAIN MY HEART. ♪

♪ BRITTANY: 'CAUSE YOU DON'T LOVE ME NO MORE. ♪

♪ BACKGROUND VOCALS: UNCHAIN MY HEART. ♪

♪ BRITTANY: EV'RY TIME I CALL YOU ON THE PHONE, ♪

♪ SOME FELLA TELLS ME THAT YOU AIN'T AT HOME. ♪

♪ SO UNCHAIN MY HEART. ♪

♪ OH PLEASE, PLEASE SET ME FREE. ♪

♪ I'M UNDER YOUR SPELL. ♪

♪ BACKGROUND VOCALS: I'M UNDER YOUR SPELL. ♪

♪ BRITTANY: LIKE A GIRL IN A TRANCE. ♪

♪ BACKGROUND VOCALS: LIKE A GIRL IN A TRANCE. ♪

♪ BRITTANY: BUT I KNOW DARN WELL. ♪

♪ BACKGROUND VOCALS: BUT I KNOW DARN WELL. ♪

♪ BRITTANY: THAT I DON'T STAND A CHANCE. ♪

♪ BACKGROUND VOCALS: THAT I DON'T STAND A CHANCE. ♪

♪ BRITTANY: SO UNCHAIN MY HEART. ♪

♪ BACKGROUND VOCALS: UNCHAIN MY HEART. ♪

♪ BRITTANY: LET ME GO MY WAY. ♪

♪ BACKGROUND VOCALS: UNCHAIN MY HEART. ♪

♪ BRITTANY: UNCHAIN MY HEART. ♪

♪ BACKGROUND VOCALS: UNCHAIN MY HEART. ♪

♪ BRITTANY: YOU WORRY ME NIGHT AND DAY. ♪

♪ BACKGROUND VOCALS: UNCHAIN MY HEART. ♪

♪ BRITTANY: WHY LEAD ME THROUGH A LIFE OF MISERY. ♪

♪ WHEN YOU DON'T CARE A BAG OF BEANS FOR ME. ♪

♪ SO UNCHAIN MY HEART. ♪

♪ OH PLEASE, PLEASE SET ME FREE. ♪

♪ LET'S HEAR IT, STEVE! ♪

♪ [SAX SOLO] ♪

♪ ♪

♪ ♪

♪ BRITTANY: I'M UNDER YOUR SPELL. ♪

♪ BACKGROUND VOCALS: I'M UNDER YOUR SPELL. ♪

♪ BRITTANY: LIKE A GIRL IN A TRANCE. ♪

♪ BACKGROUND VOCALS: LIKE A GIRL IN A TRANCE. ♪

♪ BRITTANY: BUT I KNOW DARN WELL. ♪

♪ BACKGROUND VOCALS: BUT I KNOW DARN WELL. ♪

♪ BRITTANY: THAT I DON'T STAND A CHANCE. ♪

♪ BACKGROUND VOCALS: THAT I DON'T STAND A CHANCE. ♪

♪ BRITTANY: SO UNCHAIN MY HEART. ♪

♪ BACKGROUND VOCALS: UNCHAIN MY HEART. ♪

♪ BRITTANY: LET ME GO MY WAY. ♪

♪ BACKGROUND VOCALS: UNCHAIN MY HEART. ♪

♪ BRITTANY: UNCHAIN MY HEART. ♪

♪ BACKGROUND VOCALS: UNCHAIN MY HEART. ♪

♪ BRITTANY: YOU WORRY ME NIGHT AND DAY. ♪

♪ BACKGROUND VOCALS: UNCHAIN MY HEART. ♪

♪ BRITTANY: WHY LEAD ME THROUGH THIS LIFE OF MISERY. ♪

♪ WHEN YOU DON'T CARE A BAG OF BEANS FOR ME. ♪

♪ SO UNCHAIN MY HEART. ♪

♪ OH PLEASE, PLEASE SET ME FREE. ♪

♪ BACKGROUND VOCALS: PLEASE SET ME FREE. ♪

♪ BRITTANY: OH WON'T YOU SET ME FREE. ♪

♪ BACKGROUND VOCALS: PLEASE SET ME FREE. ♪

♪ BRITTANY: WOAH, SET ME FREE. ♪

♪ BACKGROUND VOCALS: PLEASE SET ME FREE. ♪

♪ BRITTANY: WON'T YA SET ME FREE. ♪

♪ BACKGROUND VOCALS: PLEASE SET ME FREE? ♪

♪ ♪

[AUDIENCE APPLAUSE].

ANNOUNCER: PLEASE WELCOME DEMI LOVATO.

DEMI: RAY CHARLES SURPRISED EVERYONE WHEN HE

PUT OUT A COUNTRY ALBUM.

YOU SEE, RAY WAS A LIFELONG COUNTRY MUSIC FAN.

HIS FRIEND WILLIE NELSON SAID THAT RAY CHARLES

"DID MORE FOR COUNTRY MUSIC THAN ANY OTHER LIVING

HUMAN BEING."

AND I SECOND THAT EMOTION.

♪ ["YOU DON'T KNOW ME"]. ♪

♪ ♪

♪ DEMI: YOU GIVE YOUR HAND TO ME. ♪

♪ AND THEN YOU SAY HELLO. ♪

♪ AND I CAN HARDLY SPEAK. ♪

♪ MY HEART IS BEATING SO. ♪

♪ AND ANYONE CAN TELL. ♪

♪ YOU THINK YOU KNOW ME WELL. ♪

♪ BUT YOU DON'T KNOW ME. ♪

♪ NO YOU DON'T KNOW THE ONE, WHO DREAMS OF YOU EACH NIGHT. ♪

♪ AND LONGS TO KISS YOUR LIPS AND LONGS TO HOLD YOU TIGHT. ♪

♪ TO YOU I'M JUST A FRIEND. ♪

♪ THAT'S ALL I'VE EVER BEEN. ♪

♪ NO, YOU DON'T KNOW ME. ♪

♪ FOR I NEVER KNEW. ♪

♪ THE ART OF MAKING LOVE. ♪

♪ THOUGH MY HEART ACHES WITH LOVE FOR YOU. ♪

♪ AFRAID AND SHY. ♪

♪ I LET MY CHANCE GO BY. ♪

♪ A CHANCE THAT YOU MIGHT LOVE ME TOO. ♪

♪ YOU GIVE YOUR HAND TO ME. ♪

♪ AND THEN YOU SAY, "GOODBYE." ♪

♪ THEN I WATCH YOU WALK AWAY BESIDE THE LUCKY GUY. ♪

♪ I KNOW YOU'LL NEVER EVER KNOW, THE ONE WHO LOVES YOU SO. ♪

♪ BUT, YOU DON'T KNOW ME. ♪

♪ BUT I NEVER KNEW, THE ART OF MAKING LOVE. ♪

♪ THOUGH MY HEART ACHES WITH LOVE FOR YOU. ♪

♪ OOH, AFRAID AND SHY. ♪

♪ I LET MY CHANCE GO BY. ♪

♪ A CHANCE THAT YOU MIGHT LOVE ME TOO. ♪

♪ YOU GIVE YOUR HAND TO ME ♪

♪ AND THEN YOU SAY, "GOODBYE." ♪

♪ I WATCHED YOU WALK AWAY BESIDE THE LUCKY GUY. ♪

♪ OH, YOU'LL NEVER EVER KNOW, THE ONE WHO LOVED YOU SO. ♪

♪ NO, YOU DON'T KNOW ME. ♪

♪ I SAID YOU'LL NEVER EVER KNOW ME. ♪

♪ BUT YOU DON'T KNOW ME, ♪

♪ NO YOU DON'T KNOW ME. ♪

[AUDIENCE APPLAUSE].

ANNOUNCER: SHE IS THE REIGNING VOICE IN AMERICAN GOSPEL,

PLEASE WELCOME YOLANDA ADAMS.

YOLANDA AT THE AGE OF 16, I GOT A CHANCE TO SING IN

A CHOIR AT THE MICKEY GILLEY STUDIO IN HOUSTON, TEXAS,

BACKGROUNDING FOR RAY CHARLES AND MY LIFE

HAS NEVER BEEN THE SAME.

IN 1971, RAY CHARLES WAS SITTING IN THE WINGS AT THE

FILLMORE WEST, TAKING IN AN ARETHA FRANKLIN SHOW.

SHE SURPRISED HIM WHEN SHE DRAGGED HIM ONSTAGE AND SAT

HIM DOWN NEXT TO HER AT THE PIANO FOR THIS SONG.

♪ ["SPIRIT IN THE DARK"]. ♪

♪ YOLANDA: I'M... ♪

♪ GETTING' THE SPIRIT IN THE DARK. ♪

♪ BACKGROUND VOCALS: UM-HUM-HUM. ♪

♪ YOLANDA: I'M GETTIN' THE SPIRIT IN THE DARK. ♪

♪ BACKGROUND VOCALS: UM-HUM-HUM. ♪

♪ YOLANDA: PEOPLE MOVIN' OH AND THEY GROOVIN'. ♪

♪ GETTIN' THE SPIRIT. ♪

♪ BACKGROUND VOCALS: UM-HUM-HUM. ♪

♪ YOLANDA: IN THE DARK. ♪

♪ NOW MY SISTER TELL ME HOW DO YA FEEL? ♪

♪ OH, MY BROTHER-BROTHER-BROTHER. ♪

♪ TELL ME HOW YOU FEEL? ♪

♪ DO YOU FEEL LIKE DANCIN? ♪

♪ GET ON, GET ON, GET ON UP AND DANCE. ♪

♪ AND GET IN THE SPIRIT. ♪

♪ BACKGROUND VOCALS: START GETTIN' IN THE SPIRIT. ♪

♪ YOLANDA: SPIRIT IN THE DARK. ♪

♪ BACKGROUND VOCALS: IN THE DARK. ♪

♪ DOOT-DOOT. ♪

♪ YOLANDA: IT'S LIKE SALLY WALKER. ♪

♪ BACKGROUND VOCALS: DO-DO-DOOT-DOOT. ♪

♪ YOLANDA: SITTIN' IN A SAUCER. ♪

♪ BACKGROUND VOCALS: DO-DO-DOOT-DOOT. ♪

♪ YOLANDA: THAT'S HOW YA DO IT. ♪

♪ BACKGROUND VOCALS: DO-DO-DOOT-DOOT. ♪

♪ YOLANDA: AIN'T NOTHIN' TO IT. ♪

♪ BACKGROUND VOCALS: DO-DO-DOOT-DOOT. ♪

♪ YOLANDA: RIDE, SALLY RIDE. ♪

♪ BACKGROUND VOCALS: DO-OOO-DO-DO-DO. ♪

♪ YOLANDA: PUT YOUR HAND ON YOUR HIPS. ♪

♪ AND COVER YOUR EYES AND MOVE IN THE SPIRIT. ♪

♪ BACKGROUND VOCALS: WITH THE SPIRIT. ♪

♪ BACKGROUND VOCALS: WITH THE SPIRIT. ♪

♪ YOLANDA: HEY, HEY, MOVE IN THE SPIRIT. ♪

♪ HEY, YEAH, YEAH. ♪

♪ BACKGROUND VOCALS: WITH THE SPIRIT. ♪

♪ YOLANDA: MOVE WITH THE SPIRIT. ♪

♪ BACKGROUND VOCALS: YEAH! ♪

♪ YOLANDA: IN THE DARK. ♪

♪ BACKGROUND VOCALS: YEAH! ♪

♪ YOLANDA: WE'RE GETTIN' THE SPIRIT IN THE DARK. ♪

♪ BACKGROUND VOCALS: YEAH! ♪

♪ YOLANDA: PEOPLE MOVIN', YEAH-YEAH. ♪

♪ EVERYBODY'S GROOVIN' JUST GETTIN' THE SPIRIT. ♪

♪ BACKGROUND VOCALS: START GETTIN' THE SPIRIT. ♪

♪ YOLANDA: IN THE DARK.♪

♪ BACKGROUND VOCALS: IN THE DARK. ♪

♪ DOOT-DOOT. ♪

♪ YOLANDA: IT'S LIKE SALLY WALKER. ♪

♪ BACKGROUND VOCALS: DO-DO-DOOT-DOOT. ♪

♪ YOLANDA: SITTIN' IN HER SAUCER. ♪

♪ BACKGROUND VOCALS: DO-DO-DOOT-DOOT. ♪

♪ YOLANDA: THAT'S HOW YA DO IT. ♪

♪ BACKGROUND VOCALS: DO-DO-DOOT-DOOT. ♪

♪ YOLANDA: WELL THERE AIN'T NOTHING TO IT. ♪

♪ BACKGROUND VOCALS: DO-DO-DOOT-DOOT. ♪

♪ YOLANDA: RIDE, SALLY RIDE. ♪

♪ BACKGROUND VOCALS: DO-DO-DOOT-DOOT. ♪

♪ YOLANDA: PUT YOUR HANDS ON YOUR HIPS. ♪

♪ COVER YOUR EYES AND MOVE IN THE SPIRIT. ♪

♪ BACKGROUND VOCALS: WITH THE SPIRIT. ♪

♪ YOLANDA: GOT TO MOVE. ♪

♪ IN THE SPIRIT. ♪

♪ BACKGROUND VOCALS: WITH THE SPIRIT. ♪

♪ YOLANDA: MOVE, IN THE SPIRIT. ♪

♪ BACKGROUND VOCALS: WITH THE SPIRIT. ♪

♪ YOLANDA: HEY, MOVE. ♪

Y'ALL GOT IT, Y'ALL GONNA GET IT?

♪ BACKGROUND VOCALS: I THINK I'VE GOT IT. ♪

♪ YOLANDA: LET'S MOVE TO THE SPIRIT. ♪

♪ BACKGROUND VOCALS: MOVE WITH THE SPIRIT! ♪

♪ YOLANDA: KEEP ON COMING. ♪

♪ BACKGROUND VOCALS: MOVE WITH THE SPIRIT! ♪

♪ YOLANDA: IF YOU WANNA DANCE. ♪

♪ [INAUDIBLE] ♪

♪ [INAUDIBLE] ♪

♪ MO-OO-OO-OO-OOVE... ♪

♪ IN THE SPIRIT. ♪

♪ WAIVE YOUR HANDS! ♪

♪ STOMP YOUR FEET! ♪

IF YOU WANNA, GO AHEAD.

♪ IN THE SPIRIT. ♪

♪ ♪

[AUDIENCE APPLAUSE].

BLESS YOU.

ANNOUNCER: RETURNING TO THE WHITE HOUSE STAGE,

HERE'S THE INCOMPARABLE, USHER.

USHER: LET THE CHURCH SAY, "AMEN!"

AUDIENCE: AMEN!

USHER: FOR YEARS RAY'S MANAGER, JOE ADAMS,

SAID RAY DROVE HIM CRAZY, CONSTANTLY SINGING

HOAGY CARMICHAEL STANDARDS ON THEIR MANY LONG TRIPS.

I'M TALKING ABOUT, "GEORGIA ON MY MIND."

♪ ["GEORGIA ON MY MIND"]. ♪

♪ ♪

♪ ♪

♪ USHER: GEORGIA. ♪

♪ GEORGIA. ♪

♪ THE WHOLE DAY THROUGH. ♪

♪ BACKGROUND VOCALS: THE WHOLE DAY THROUGH. ♪

♪ USHER: JUST AN OLD SWEET SONG... ♪

♪ KEEPS GEORGIA ON MY MIND. ♪

♪ BACKGROUND VOCALS: GEORGIA ON MY MIND. ♪

♪ USHER: TALKIN' 'BOUT GEORGIA, GEORGIA ♪

♪ A SONG OF YOU. ♪

♪ COMES AS SWEET AND CLEAR AS MOONLIGHT THROUGH THE PINES. ♪

♪ OTHER ARMS REACH OUT TO ME. ♪

♪ OTHER EYES SMILE TENDERLY. ♪

♪ STILL IN PEACEFUL DREAMS I SEE. ♪

♪ THE ROAD LEADS BACK, RIGHT BACK TO YOU. ♪

♪ OH GEORGIA. ♪

♪ OH GEORGIA. ♪

♪ NO PEACE, NO PEACE I FIND. ♪

♪ BACKGROUND VOCALS: NO PEACE I FIND. ♪

♪ USHER: JUST AN OLD SWEET SONG ♪

♪ KEEPS GEORGIA ON MY MIND. ♪

♪ BACKGROUND VOCALS: GEORGIA ON MIND. ♪

♪ USHER: YES INDEED, OTHER ARMS... ♪

♪ SAID THEY REACH OUT TO ME. ♪

♪ AND OTHER EYES SMILE TENDERLY. ♪

♪ STILL IN PEACEFUL DREAMS I SEE. ♪

♪ THE ROAD LEADS RIGHT BACK TO YOU. ♪

♪ TALKIN' 'BOUT GEORGIA. ♪

♪ HEY GEORGIA. ♪

♪ NO PEACE, NO PEACE I FIND. ♪

♪ JUST AN OLD, SWEET SONG YEAH. ♪

♪ KEEPS GEORGIA ON MY MIND... ♪

♪ BACKGROUND VOCALS: GEORGIA ON MY MIND. ♪

♪ USHER: SAID AN OLD SWEET SONG. ♪

♪ KEEPS GEORGIA... ♪

♪ ON MY MIND. ♪

♪ OH! ♪

♪ ♪

[AUDIENCE APPLAUSE].

ANNOUNCER: JOINING US NOW,

THE BAND PERRY.

KIMBERLY: WELL, SONGS HAD A WAY OF CHANGING WHEN RAY GOT

A HOLD OF THEM.

IN THIS NEXT TUNE HE TOOK A ROCKABILLY CLASSIC AND GAVE IT

AN ARRANGEMENT THAT COULD HAVE COME STRAIGHT OUT

OF DUKE ELLINGTON.

♪ ["BYE BYE LOVE"]. ♪

♪ ♪

♪ ALL: BYE BYE LOVE. ♪

♪ BYE BYE HAPPINESS. ♪

♪ HELLO LONELINESS. ♪

♪ I THINK I'M-A GONNA CRY. ♪

♪ BYE BYE LOVE. ♪

♪ BYE BYE SWEET CARESS. ♪

♪ HELLO EMPTINESS. ♪

♪ I THINK I'M GONNA DIE. ♪

♪ KIMBERLY: THERE GOES MY BABY WITH-A SOMEONE NEW. ♪

♪ SHE SURE LOOKS HAPPY AND I'M SO BLUE. ♪

♪ MEN: SHE WAS MY BABY TILL HE STEPPED IN. ♪

♪ KIMBERLY: GOODBYE TO ROMANCE THAT MIGHT HAVE BEEN. ♪

♪ OH YEAH. ♪

♪ ALL: BYE BYE LOVE. ♪

♪ BYE BYE HAPPINESS. ♪

♪ HELLO LONELINESS. ♪

♪ I THINK I'M-A GONNA CRY. ♪

KIMBERLY: PLAY THAT PIANO!

♪ [PIANO SOLO] ♪

SOME HORNS NOW!

♪ [HORNS]. ♪

♪ NEIL: I'M THROUGH WITH ROMANCE. ♪

♪ I'M THROUGH WITH LOVE. ♪

♪ I'M THROUGH WITH COUNTING THE STARS ABOVE YEAH. ♪

♪ BOTH: AND THAT'S THE REASON THAT I'M SO FREE, FREE, FREE ♪

♪ NEIL: MY LOVIN' BABY IS THROUGH WITH ME. ♪

♪ OH... ♪

♪ ALL: BYE BYE LOVE. ♪

♪ BYE BYE SWEET CARESS. ♪

♪ HELLO EMPTINESS. ♪

♪ I THINK I'M GONNA DIE. ♪

♪ I THINK I'M GONNA DIE. ♪

♪ I THINK I'M GONNA DIE. ♪

♪ I THINK I'M GONNA DIE. ♪

♪ I THINK... ♪

♪ I'M GONNA DIE. ♪

♪ ♪

[AUDIENCE APPLAUSE].

ANNOUNCER: ONCE AGAIN, HERE'S ANDRA DAY.

ANDRA: IT'S VERY RARE THAT A RECORDING GRABS THE MAGIC IN

THE AIR AT A LIVE PERFORMANCE.

BUT RAY DID IT OFTEN, ESPECIALLY IN 1959 AT

THE HISTORICALLY BLACK MORRIS BROWN COLLEGE...

IT MAY BE THE ALL-TIME BLUEST BLUES EVER!

♪ ["DROWN IN MY OWN TEARS"]. ♪

♪ ♪

♪ ANDRA: IT BRINGS... ♪

♪ BIG TEARS... ♪

♪ INTO MY EYES. ♪

♪ WHEN I BEGIN... ♪

♪ WHEN I BEGIN TO REALIZE. ♪

♪ THAT I'VE CRIED SO MUCH. ♪

♪ OH, SINCE YOU'VE BEEN GONE... ♪

♪ I GUESS I'M DROWNING... ♪

♪ DROWN IN MY OWN TEARS. ♪

♪ I BEEN CRYIN'... ♪

♪ JUST LIKE A CHILD... ♪

♪ THESE TEARS OF MINE. ♪

♪ OH, YOU KNOW, THESE TEARS ARE RUNNIN' WILD... ♪

♪ AND IF YOU DON'T THINK... ♪

♪ OH, IF YOU DON'T THINK THAT YOU'LL BE HOME SOON. ♪

♪ I GUESS I'LL DROWN... ♪

♪ OH YEAH, IN MY OWN TEARS. ♪

♪ HERE WITHOUT YOU. ♪

♪ BACKGROUND VOCALS: YOU. ♪

♪ ANDRA: YOU KNOW I GET SO LONELY. ♪

♪ AND I SURE GET BLUE. ♪

♪ BACKGROUND VOCALS: BLUE. ♪

♪ANDRA: IT SEEMS TO KEEP RAINING. ♪

♪ BACKGROUND VOCALS: RAINING. ♪

♪ ANDRA: AND RAINING AND RAINING... ♪

♪ MORE AND MORE. ♪

♪ BACKGROUND VOCALS: MORE AND MORE. ♪

♪ ANDRA: WITHOUT YOU BABY YOU KNOW I SURE GET ♪

♪LONELY AND I GET SO BLUE AND EVERY TIME I ♪

♪LOOK AROUND IT'S RAINING MORE ♪

♪ AND MORE AND MORE AND MORE AND MORE. ♪

♪ OH, WHY CAN'T YOU? ♪

♪ BACKGROUND VOCALS: YOU. ♪

♪ ANDRA: WHY CAN'T YOU COME HOME? ♪

♪ BACKGROUND VOCALS: YOU COME ON HOME. ♪

♪ ANDRA: BECAUSE YOU KNOW I DON'T WANNA BE... ♪

♪ I DON'T WANNA BE HERE ALL ALONE. ♪

♪ AND LISTEN, IF YOU DON'T THINK... ♪

♪ BACKGROUND VOCALS: IF-YOU-DON'T-THINK. ♪

♪ ANDRA: IF YOU DON'T THINK THAT YOU'RE COMING HOME SOON. ♪

♪ BACKGROUND VOCALS: IF YOU DON'T THINK. ♪

♪ ANDRA: I BELIEVE I'M GONNA DROWN. ♪

♪ THIS MORNING. ♪

♪ OH! ♪

♪ BACKGROUND VOCALS: DROWN. ♪

♪ ANDRA: DROWN THIS EVENING. ♪

♪ OW... ♪

♪ STILL GONNA GET THERE IN THE MIDNIGHT HOUR. ♪

♪ DON'T LET HIM LET ME. ♪

♪ DON'T LET HIM LET ME. ♪

♪ DON'T LET HIM LET ME. ♪

♪ DON'T LET HIM LET ME. ♪

♪ ANDRA: DROWN IN MY OWN TEARS. ♪

♪ DROWN IN MY OWN TEARS. ♪

♪ I DON'T WANNA DROWN... ♪

♪ YEAH... ♪

♪ IN MY OWN... ♪

♪ ALL: TEARS. ♪

♪ TEARS. ♪

♪ MY TEARS. ♪

♪ TEARS. ♪

♪ OH, DON'T LET HIM DO IT! ♪

♪ DON'T LET HIM DO IT. ♪

♪ DON'T WANNA DROWN IN MY TEARS. ♪

♪ ♪

[AUDIENCE APPLAUSE].

ANNOUNCER: AND NOW WELCOME MULTIMEDIA TRAILBLAZER AND

LEGENDARY BROADCASTER CATHY HUGHES.

CATHY HUGHES: THE FIRST TIME I MET RAY CHARLES,

I WAS STILL IN ELEMENTARY SCHOOL.

HE WAS A BIG FAN OF AN, ALL FEMALE, 18 PIECE ORCHESTRA,

CALLED THE INTERNATIONAL SWEETHEARTS OF RHYTHM.

MY MOTHER WAS A FOUNDING MEMBER.

RAY LIKED TO TEASE THEM AND SAY,

"YOU GIRLS CAN PLAY ALMOST AS GOOD AS MEN!"

THE WHOLE BAND WOULD HOLLER BACK, "BETTER."

MANY PEOPLE SAY RAY CHARLES INVENTED SOUL MUSIC.

BUT BEING THE GENIUS THAT HE WAS,

HE, DIPLOMATICALLY, WOULD SAY,

"SOUL MUSIC, IS JUST THE WAY BLACK FOLKS SING

WHEN YOU LEAVE US ALONE...

FROM THE CAST OF EMPIRE,

PLEASE WELCOME, JUSSIE SMOLLETT.

[AUDIENCE APPLAUSE]

JUSSIE: HELLO, HELLO!

THIS MIGHT BE OUR LAST CONCERT,

BUT WE GONNA PARTY LIKE WE GOT 4 MORE YEARS!

♪ ["I'VE GOT A WOMAN"]. ♪

♪ JUSSIE: WELL... ♪

♪ I GOT A WOMAN. ♪

♪ WAY OVER TOWN. ♪

♪ THAT'S GOOD TO ME. ♪

♪ OH, YEAH, I GOT A WOMAN. ♪

♪ WAY OVER TOWN. ♪

♪ THAT'S GOOD TO ME. ♪

♪ OH, YEAH, SHE GIVE ME MONEY. ♪

♪ WHEN I'M IN NEED. ♪

♪ YEAH, SHE'S A KIND OF FRIEND INDEED. ♪

♪ SAY I GOT A WOMAN, WAY OVER TOWN. ♪

♪ THAT'S GOOD TO ME. ♪

♪ OH, YEAH. ♪

♪ SHE SAVES HER LOVIN'. ♪

♪ EARLY IN THE MORNING JUST FOR ME. ♪

♪ OH YEAH, SHE SAVES HER LOVIN'. ♪

♪ EARLY IN THE MORNING JUST FOR ME. ♪

♪ OH YEAH, SHE SAVES HER LOVIN'. ♪

♪ JUST FOR ME. ♪

♪ OH, SHE LOVES ME TENDERLY. ♪

♪ SAID I GOT A WOMAN, WAY OVER TOWN. ♪

♪ THAT'S GOOD TO ME. ♪

RON, LET ME HEAR YOU BROTHER.

COME ON!

♪ [TENOR SAX SOLO]. ♪

♪ ♪

♪ MY BABY LOVES ME ALL DAY AND NIGHT. ♪

♪ NEVER GRUMBLES OR FUSSES. ♪

♪ SHE JUST ALWAYS TREATS ME RIGHT. ♪

♪ NEVER RUNNIN' IN THE STREETS, NAW. ♪

♪ AND LEAVIN' ME ALONE. ♪

♪ SHE KNOWS A WOMAN'S PLACE IS RIGHT THERE ♪

♪ UP IN HER HOME. ♪

♪ I GOT A WOMAN WAY OVER TOWN. ♪

♪ THAT'S GOOD TO ME. ♪

♪ OH, YEAH, SAY I GOT A WOMAN. ♪

♪ WAY OVER TOWN. ♪

♪ THAT'S GOOD TO ME. ♪

♪ OH, YEAH. ♪

♪ OH, SHE'S MY BABY. ♪

♪ DON'T YOU UNDERSTAND. ♪

♪ I'M HER LOVING MAN. ♪

♪ SAID, I GOT A WOMAN. ♪

♪ WAY OVER TOWN. ♪

♪ THAT'S GOOD TO ME. ♪

♪ SURE ENOUGH GOOD TO ME. ♪

♪ SO, SO, GOOD TO ME. ♪

HEY!

♪ ♪

I LOVE Y'ALL, SO MUCH.

GOD BLESS YOU AND GOD BLESS THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA!

[AUDIENCE APPLAUSE].

ANNOUNCER: LADIES AND GENTLEMEN PLEASE WELCOME BACK

ANTHONY HAMILTON.

ANTHONY: RAY WAS ONE OF THOSE CATS WHO ALWAYS

SET THE TRENDS.

HE BROKE DOWN THE LINES OF GOSPEL, COUNTRY,

SOUL AND JAZZ MUSIC.

IN 1958, AT THE NEWPORT JAZZ FESTIVAL,

HE SHUT THE HOUSE DOWN WITH THIS NUMBER.

["NIGHT TIME IS THE RIGHT TIME"].

♪ ♪

♪ ANTHONY: YOU KNOW THE NIGHT TIME. ♪

♪ BACKGROUND VOCALS: NIGHT AND DAY. ♪

♪ ANTHONY: IS THE RIGHT TIME. ♪

♪ BACKGROUND VOCALS: NIGHT AND DAY. ♪

♪ ANTHONY: TO BE. ♪

♪ BACKGROUND VOCALS: NIGHT AND DAY. ♪

♪ ANTHONY: WITH THE ONE YOU LOVE. ♪

♪ BACKGROUND VOCALS: NIGHT AND DAY. ♪

♪ ANTHONY: OH, COME ON BABY. ♪

♪ BACKGROUND VOCALS: NIGHT AND DAY. ♪

♪ ANTHONY: COME ON, BABY NOW. ♪

♪ BACKGROUND VOCALS: NIGHT AND DAY. ♪

♪ ANTHONY: I WANNA BE WITH THE ONE YOU LOVE. ♪

♪ BACKGROUND VOCALS: NIGHT AND DAY. ♪

♪ ANTHONY: YOU KNOW THE ONE I'M THINKING OF. ♪

♪ BACKGROUND VOCALS: NIGHT AND DAY. ♪

♪ ANTHONY: I KNOW THE NIGHT TIME. ♪

♪ BACKGROUND VOCALS: NIGHT AND DAY. ♪

♪ ANTHONY: WHOA, IS THE RIGHT TIME. ♪

♪ BACKGROUND VOCALS: NIGHT AND DAY, ♪

♪ ANTHONY: TO BE WITH THE ONE YOU LOVE. ♪

♪ BACKGROUND VOCALS: NIGHT AND DAY. ♪

♪ ANTHONY: YEAH, THE ONE YOU LOVE. ♪

♪ BACKGROUND VOCALS: NIGHT AND DAY. ♪

♪ ANTHONY: YOU KNOW MY MOTHER. ♪

♪ BACKGROUND VOCALS: NIGHT AND DAY. ♪

♪ ANTHONY: HAD TO DIE, NOW. ♪

♪ BACKGROUND VOCALS: NIGHT AND DAY. ♪

♪ ANTHONY: AND MY FATHER. ♪

♪ BACKGROUND VOCALS: NIGHT AND DAY. ♪

♪ ANTHONY: LEFT HIS POOR CHILD TO CRY. ♪

♪ BACKGROUND VOCALS: NIGHT AND DAY. ♪

♪ ANTHONY: WHOA, COME ON, BABY, NOW. ♪

♪ BACKGROUND VOCALS: NIGHT AND DAY. ♪

♪ ANTHONY: COME ON, BABY NOW. ♪

♪ BACKGROUND VOCALS: NIGHT AND DAY. ♪

♪ ANTHONY: NEED YOU TO HOLD MY HAND. ♪

♪ BACKGROUND VOCALS: NIGHT AND DAY. ♪

♪ ANTHONY: HOLD IT AS TIGHT AS YOU CAN. ♪

♪ BACKGROUND VOCALS: NIGHT AND DAY. ♪

♪ ANTHONY: I KNOW THE NIGHT TIME. ♪

♪ BACKGROUND VOCALS: NIGHT AND DAY. ♪

♪ ANTHONY: WHOA, IS THE RIGHT TIME. ♪

♪ BACKGROUND VOCALS: NIGHT AND DAY, ♪

♪ ANTHONY: TO BE WITH THE ONE YOU LOVE. ♪

♪ BACKGROUND VOCALS: NIGHT AND DAY. ♪

COME ON SHELEA.

♪ BACKGROUND VOCALS: NIGHT AND DAY. ♪

♪ SHELEA: BABY! ♪

♪ BACKGROUND VOCALS: NIGHT AND DAY. ♪

♪ SHELEA: BABY! ♪

♪ BACKGROUND VOCALS: NIGHT AND DAY. ♪

♪ SHELEA: BABY! ♪

♪ BACKGROUND VOCALS: NIGHT AND DAY. ♪

♪ SHELEA: OH, BABY! ♪

♪ BACKGROUND VOCALS: NIGHT AND DAY. ♪

♪ SHELEA: YOU KNOW I LOVE YOU? ♪

♪ BACKGROUND VOCALS: NIGHT AND DAY. ♪

♪ SHELEA: NO ONE ABOVE YOU! ♪

♪ BACKGROUND VOCALS: NIGHT AND DAY. ♪

♪ SHELEA: HOLD ME TIGHT. ♪

♪ BACKGROUND VOCALS: NIGHT AND DAY. ♪

♪ SHELEA: AND MAKE EVERYTHING ALL RIGHT. ♪

♪ BACKGROUND VOCALS: NIGHT AND DAY. ♪

♪ SHELEA: OH,YOU KNOW THE NIGHT TIME. ♪

♪ BACKGROUND VOCALS: NIGHT AND DAY. ♪

♪ SHELEA: OH, IS THE RIGHT TIME. ♪

♪ BACKGROUND VOCALS: NIGHT AND DAY. ♪

♪ SHELEA: TO BE WITH THE ONE YOU LOVE, ♪

♪ BACKGROUND VOCALS: NIGHT AND DAY. ♪

♪ SHELEA: OH YEAH. ♪

♪ BACKGROUND VOCALS: NIGHT AND DAY. ♪

♪ SHELEA: TEASE ME. ♪

♪ BACKGROUND VOCALS: NIGHT AND DAY. ♪

♪ SHELEA: SQUEEZE ME. ♪

♪ BACKGROUND VOCALS: NIGHT AND DAY. ♪

♪ SHELEA: PLEASE ME. ♪

♪ BACKGROUND VOCALS: NIGHT AND DAY. ♪

♪ SHELEA: AH, DON'T LEAVE ME. ♪

♪ BACKGROUND VOCALS: NIGHT AND DAY. ♪

♪ SHELEA: LAWDY BABY! ♪

♪ BACKGROUND VOCALS: NIGHT AND DAY. ♪

♪ SHELEA: TAKE MY HAND! ♪

♪ BACKGROUND VOCALS: NIGHT AND DAY. ♪

♪ SHELEA: I DON'T NEED. ♪

♪ BACKGROUND VOCALS: NIGHT AND DAY. ♪

♪ SHELEA: I NEED YOU TO UNDERSTAND. ♪

♪ BACKGROUND VOCALS: NIGHT AND DAY. ♪

♪ SHELEA: YOU KNOW THE NIGHT TIME. ♪

♪ BACKGROUND VOCALS: NIGHT AND DAY. ♪

♪ SHELEA: OH, IS THE RIGHT TIME. ♪

♪ BACKGROUND VOCALS: NIGHT AND DAY. ♪

♪ SHELEA: TO BE WITH THE ONE YOU LOVE. ♪

♪ BACKGROUND VOCALS: NIGHT AND DAY. ♪

♪ SHELEA: OH YEAH. ♪

♪ BACKGROUND VOCALS: NIGHT AND DAY. ♪

♪ ANTHONY: I SAID BABY! ♪

♪ BACKGROUND VOCALS: NIGHT AND DAY. ♪

♪ ANTHONY: I SAID BABY! ♪

♪ BACKGROUND VOCALS: NIGHT AND DAY. ♪

♪ ANTHONY: I SAID BABY! ♪

♪ BACKGROUND VOCALS: NIGHT AND DAY. ♪

♪ ANTHONY: WHOA, BABY NOW. ♪

♪ BACKGROUND VOCALS: NIGHT AND DAY. ♪

♪ ANTHONY: OH COME ON BABY! ♪

♪ BACKGROUND VOCALS: NIGHT AND DAY. ♪

♪ ANTHONY: OH, YEAH, BABY. ♪

♪ BACKGROUND VOCALS: NIGHT AND DAY. ♪

♪ ANTHONY: NEED YOU TO HOLD MY HAND. ♪

♪ BACKGROUND VOCALS: NIGHT AND DAY. ♪

♪ ANTHONY: HOLD AS TIGHT AS YOU CAN. ♪

♪ BACKGROUND VOCALS: NIGHT AND DAY. ♪

♪ BOTH: CAUSE YOU KNOW THE NIGHT TIME, ♪

♪ OH, IS THE RIGHT TIME ♪

♪ TO BE WITH THE ONE YOU LOVE. ♪

[SCATTING]

♪ ♪

ANTHONY: GIVE IT UP FOR MISS SHELEA!

[AUDIENCE APPLAUSE].

ANNOUNCER: LADIES AND GENTLEMEN,

THE SECRETARY OF THE SMITHSONIAN INSTITUTION,

DAVID J. SKORTON.

DAVID SKORTON: THE SMITHSONIAN IS ESPECIALLY PROUD

TO BE HONORING THIS GREAT MUSICIAN WHO ALSO

CHANGED THE COURSE OF AMERICAN HISTORY.

IT WAS IN 1961 THAT RAY CHARLES CANCELED A

SHOW SAYING HE WOULD NO LONGER PLAY BEFORE

SEGREGATED AUDIENCES.

IN THE SPIRIT OF THOSE TIMES, AND IN OUR OWN,

HERE TO SING "HEAVEN HELP US ALL"

ARE FOUR CELESTIAL VOICES.

♪ ["HEAVEN HELP US"]. ♪

♪ ♪

♪ ANDRA: HEAVEN HELP THE CHILD WHO NEVER HAD A HOME. ♪

♪ AND HEAVEN HELP THE GIRL WHO WALKS THESE STREETS ALONE. ♪

♪ BRITTANY: AND HEAVEN HELP THE ROSES IF THE ♪

♪ BOMBS BEGIN TO FALL. ♪

♪ LORD WON'T YOU HELP US ALL? ♪

♪ YOLANDA: HEAVEN HELP THE BLACK MAN IF HE STRUGGLES ♪

♪ ONE MORE DAY. ♪

♪ HEAVEN HELP THE WHITE MAN IF HE TURNS HIS BACK AWAY. ♪

♪ DEMI: HEAVEN HELP THE MAN WHO KICKS THE MAN ♪

♪ WHO HAS TO CRAWL. ♪

♪ HEAVEN HELP US ALL. ♪

♪ WOMEN: HEAVEN HELP US ALL. ♪

♪ HEAVEN HELP US ALL. ♪

♪ HEAVEN HELP US, LORD. ♪

♪ HEAR OUR CALL WHEN WE FALL. ♪

♪ ANDRA: HEAVEN HELP THE BOY WHO WON'T REACH TWENTY-ONE. ♪

♪ AND HEAVEN HELP THE MAN WHO GAVE THAT BOY A GUN. ♪

♪ BRITTANY: AND HEAVEN HELP THE PEOPLE WITH THEIR BACKS ♪

♪ AGAINST THE WALL. ♪

♪ LORD, WON'T YOU HELP US ALL? ♪

♪ WOMEN: HEAVEN HELP US ALL. ♪

♪ HEAVEN HELP US ALL. ♪

♪ HEAVEN HELP US, LORD. ♪

♪ HEAR OUR CALL. ♪

♪ WHEN WE CALL. ♪

♪ ANDRA: NOW I LAY ME DOWN BEFORE I GO TO SLEEP. ♪

♪ BRITTANY: IN A TROUBLED WORLD I PRAY THE LORD TO KEEP. ♪

♪ YOLANDA: KEEP HATRED FROM THE MIGHTY AND THE ♪

♪ MIGHTY FROM THE SMALL. ♪

♪ DEMI: HEAVEN HELP US ALL. ♪

♪ WOMEN: HEAVEN HELP US ALL. ♪

♪ HEAVEN HELP US ALL. ♪

♪ HEAVEN HELP US, LORD. ♪

♪ HEAR OUR CALL WHEN WE FALL. ♪

♪ HEAVEN HELP US ALL. ♪

♪ HEAVEN HELP US ALL. ♪

♪ HEAVEN HELP US, LORD, ♪

♪ HEAR OUR CALL WHEN WE FALL... ♪

♪ HEAVEN HELP US ALL. ♪

[AUDIENCE APPLAUSE].

ANNOUNCER: LADIES AND GENTLEMEN, LEON BRIDGES.

LEON: BEFORE I START THIS SONG TONIGHT,

I WANNA SAY THANK YOU TO THE RAY CHARLES FOUNDATION FOR

BLESSING ME WITH THIS BEAUTIFUL RAY CHARLES JACKET.

[LAUGHTER AND APPLAUSE]

AND, HOPEFULLY, IT HELPS ME SING BETTER TONIGHT.

♪ ["LONELY AVENUE"]. ♪

♪ ♪

♪ LEON: NOW MY ROOM HAS GOT TWO WINDOWS BUT THE SUN ♪

♪ SHALL NEVER SHINE THROUGH. ♪

♪ YOU KNOW IT'S ALWAYS DARK AND DREARY. ♪

♪ SINCE I BROKE OFF, ♪

♪ BABY WITH YOU. ♪

♪ I LIVE ON A LONELY AVENUE. ♪

♪ MY LITTLE GIRL WOULDN'T SAY I DO. ♪

♪ BUT, I FEEL SO SAD AND BLUE. ♪

♪ YOU KNOW IT'S ALL BECAUSE OF YOU. ♪

♪ ALL: I COULD CRY, I COULD CRY, I COULD CRY. ♪

♪ BACKGROUND VOCALS: I COULD DIE, I COULD DIE, ♪

♪ I COULD DIE. ♪

♪ LEON: I LIVE ON A LONELY AVENUE. ♪

♪ BACKGROUND VOCALS: LONELY AVENUE. ♪

♪ LEON: NOW YOU KNOW MY COVERS THEY FEEL LIKE LEATHER. ♪

♪ AND MY PILLOWS, THEY FEEL LIKE STONE. ♪

♪ WELL, I'VE TOSSED AND TURNED SO EVERY NIGHT, ♪

♪ I'M NOT USED TO BEING ALONE. ♪

♪ I LIVE ON A LONELY AVENUE. ♪

♪ MY LITTLE GIRL WOULDN'T SAY I DO. ♪

♪ WELL, I FEEL SO SAD AND BLUE. ♪

♪ YOU KNOW IT'S ALL BECAUSE OF YOU. ♪

♪ ALL: I COULD CRY, I COULD CRY, I COULD CRY OH! ♪

♪ BACKGROUND VOCALS: I COULD DIE, I COULD DIE, ♪

♪ I COULD DIE. ♪

♪ LEON: 'CAUSE I LIVE ON A LONELY AVENUE. ♪

♪ BACKGROUND VOCALS: LONELY AVENUE. ♪

♪ [TENOR SAX SOLO]. ♪

♪ ♪

♪ LEON: NOW I'VE FEEL SO SAD AND LONESOME, ♪

♪ SINCE YOU'VE LEFT THIS TOWN. ♪

♪ YOU KNOW IF I COULD BEG OR BORROW THE MONEY CHILD, ♪

♪ I WOULD BE A HIGHWAY BOUND. ♪

♪ I LIVE ON A LONELY AVENUE. ♪

♪ MY LITTLE GIRL WOULDN'T SAY I DO. ♪

♪ WELL, I FEEL SO SAD AND BLUE. ♪

♪ YOU KNOW ITS ALL BECAUSE OF YOU. ♪

♪ I COULD CRY, I COULD CRY, I COULD CRY, OH! ♪

♪ BACKGROUND VOCALS: I COULD DIE, I COULD DIE, ♪

♪I COULD DIE. ♪

♪ LEON: I LIVE ON A... ♪

♪ BACKGROUND VOCALS: LONELY AVENUE, ♪

♪ LONELY AVENUE. ♪

♪ ♪

[AUDIENCE APPLAUSE].

ANNOUNCER: PLEASE WELCOME, SAME MOORE!

SAM: I'M SO THRILLED TO BE HERE FOR RAY CHARLES,

WHO WAS MY FRIEND FOR FIFTY YEARS.

MAESTRO...

♪ ["I CAN'T STOP LOVING YOU"]. ♪

♪ BACKGROUND VOCALS: I CAN'T STOP LOVING YOU. ♪

♪ SAM: I'VE MADE UP MY MIND. ♪

♪ TO LIVE IN MISERY ♪

♪ OF THE LONESOME TIMES. ♪

♪ BACKGROUND VOCALS: I CAN'T STOP WANTING YOU. ♪

♪ SAM: THEY TOLD ME TO SAY, IT'S USELESS TO SAY. ♪

♪ SO I'LL JUST LIVE MY LIFE ♪

♪ IN DREAMS OF YESTERDAY. ♪

♪ BACKGROUND VOCALS: DREAMS OF YESTERDAY. ♪

♪ THOSE HAPPY HOURS ♪

♪ SAM: THOSE HAPPY HOURS. ♪

♪ BACKGROUND SINGERS: THAT WE ONCE KNEW. ♪

♪ SAM: THAT WE ONCE KNEW. ♪

♪ BACKGROUND VOCALS: THOUGH LONG AGO, ♪

♪ SAM: THOUGH LONG AGO. ♪

♪ BACKGROUND VOCALS: STILL MAKE ME BLUE. ♪

♪ SAM: SOMETIMES, DOG-GONE-IT, IT MAKE ME FEEL BLUE. ♪

♪ BACKGROUND VOCALS: THEY SAY THAT TIME. ♪

♪ SAM: THEY SAY, THEY SAY, THEY SAY THAT TIME, ♪

LISTEN TO THIS.

♪ BACKGROUND VOCALS: HEALS A BROKEN HEART. ♪

♪ SAM: IT FREE'S, IT HEALS A BROKEN HEART. ♪

♪ BACKGROUND VOCALS: BUT TIME HAS STOOD STILL. ♪

♪ SAM: TIME IS STILL, SINCE WE. ♪

♪ BACKGROUND SINGERS: SINCE WE'VE BEEN APART. ♪

♪ SAM: OH...!

♪ BACKGROUND VOCALS: I CAN'T STOP LOVING YOU. ♪

♪ SAM: I'VE MADE UP MY MIND AND SAID, "I LOVE YOU.". ♪

[INAUDIBLE]

♪ BUT I'LL JUST LIVE MY LIFE, HONEY, ♪

♪ OF DAYS OF YESTERDAY. ♪

♪ BACKGROUND VOCALS: OF YESTERDAY. ♪

[AUDIENCE APPLAUSE].

ANNOUNCER: ONCE AGAIN, PLEASE WELCOME, USHER.

♪ ["WHAT I SAY" PLAYS, AUDIENCE CLAPS RHYTHMICALLY] ♪

USHER: YOU KNOW, WHEN RAY CHARLES WAS A LITTLE BOY,

HE WOULD GO TO SUNDAY SCHOOL,

SHILOH BAPTIST CHURCH.

AND RAY, HE ALWAYS SAID THAT, "CHURCH WAS SIMPLE."

"PREACHER SANG OR RECITED AND THE CONGREGATION

SANG RIGHT BACK TO HIM."

RIGHT, IT WAS YOUR BASIC CALL-AND-RESPONSE.

TONIGHT, I'M GOING TO SING THE CALL PART AND YOU GUYS

ARE GONNA SING THE RESPONSE, RIGHT?

YOU HEAR WHAT I SAY?

[AUDIENCE CHEERS]

YEAH!

♪ ["WHAT I'D SAY"]. ♪

♪ USHER: HEY MAMA DON'T YOU TREAT ME WRONG. ♪

♪ COME AND LOVE YOUR DADDY ALL NIGHT LONG. ♪

♪ ALL RIGHT NOW, HEY, HEY. ♪

♪ ALL RIGHT. ♪

♪ SEE THE GIRL WITH THE DIAMOND RING? ♪

♪ SHE KNOWS HOW TO SHAKE THAT THING. ♪

♪ ALL NIGHT, ALRIGHT. ♪

♪ HEY, HEY ALRIGHT. ♪

♪ TELL YOUR MAMA, TELL YOUR PA. ♪

♪ I'M GONNA SEND YOU BACK TO ARKANSAS. ♪

♪ ALRIGHT NOW. ♪

♪ YOU DON'T DO RIGHT. ♪

♪ YOU DON'T DO RIGHT. ♪

♪ SOMEBODY, HOLLER! ♪

♪ HEY... ♪

♪ ALL: HEY! ♪

♪ USHER: HO... ♪

♪ ALL: HO. ♪

♪ USHER: HEY, ♪

♪ ALL: HEY! ♪

♪ USHER: HO! ♪

♪ ALL: HO! ♪

♪ HEY, HEY, HO, HO. ♪

♪ USHER: BABY, IT'S ALRIGHT NOW. ♪

♪ ALL: BABY IT'S ALRIGHT. ♪

♪ USHER: IT FEELS SO GOOD. ♪

♪ ALL: BABY IT'S ALRIGHT. ♪

♪ USHER: SAID, IT FEELS SO GOOD. ♪

♪ ALL: MAKE ME FEEL SO GOOD. ♪

♪ USHER: FEEL SO GOOD. ♪

♪ ALL: MAKE ME FEEL SO GOOD. ♪

♪ USHER: FEEL SO GOOD. ♪

♪ ALL: MAKE ME FEEL SO GOOD. ♪

♪ USHER: FEEL ALRIGHT. ♪

♪ ALL: MAKE ME FEEL SO RIGHT. ♪

♪ USHER: AW, SHAKE THAT THING NOW, NOW. ♪

♪ ALL: BABY, SHAKE THAT THING. ♪

♪ USHER: SHAKE THAT THING. ♪

♪ ALL: BABY, SHAKE THAT THING. ♪

♪ BABY, SHAKE THAT THING. ♪

♪ USHER: SHAKE THAT THING. ♪

♪ ALL: BABY, SHAKE THAT THING. ♪

♪ USHER: SHAKE THAT THING. ♪

♪ ALL: BABY SHAKE THAT THING. ♪

♪ USHER: BABY, SHAKE THAT THING. ♪

♪ ALL: BABY, SHAKE THAT THING. ♪

USHER: ALRIGHT!

♪ ♪

[AUDIENCE APPLAUSE].

PRESIDENT OBAMA: OH, GOSH.

HAS EVERYBODY HAD A GOOD TIME TONIGHT?

[AUDIENCE CHEERS]

LET'S SAY, "THANK YOU" TO ALL OUR OUTSTANDING PERFORMERS.

♪ HEY... ♪

♪ ALL: HEY! ♪

♪ PRESIDENT OBAMA: HO... ♪

♪ ALL: HO! ♪

♪ PRESIDENT OBAMA: HEY... ♪

♪ ALL: HEY! ♪

♪ PRESIDENT OBAMA: HO... ♪

♪ ALL: HO! ♪

♪ HEY, HEY, HO, HO, HEY! ♪

♪ USHER: MAKE ME FEEL SO GOOD. ♪

♪ ALL: MAKE ME FEEL SO GOOD. ♪

♪ USHER: MAKE ME FEEL SO GOOD. ♪

♪ ALL: MAKE ME FEEL SO GOOD. ♪

♪ USHER: SO, IT'S ALRIGHT NOW. ♪

♪ ALL: MAKE ME FEEL SO RIGHT. ♪

♪ USHER: BABY, IT'S ALRIGHT NOW. ♪

♪ ALL: BABY, IT'S ALRIGHT. ♪

♪ USHER: IT'S ALRIGHT. ♪

♪ ALL: BABY, IT'S ALRIGHT. ♪

♪ USHER: IT'S ALRIGHT. ♪

♪[GRUNTING] ♪

♪[INAUDIBLE SINGING] ♪

♪ ["AMERICA THE BEAUTIFUL"] ♪

♪ RAY CHARLES: O BEAUTIFUL FOR SPACIOUS SKIES, ♪

♪ FOR AMBER WAVES OF GRAIN. ♪

♪ FOR PURPLE MOUNTAIN MAJESTIES. ♪

♪ ABOVE THE FRUITED PLAIN. ♪

♪ BUT, NOW WAIT A MINUTE. ♪

♪ I'M TALKING ABOUT... ♪

♪ AMERICA, SWEET AMERICA. ♪

♪ YOU KNOW, GOD DONE SHED HIS GRACE ON THEE. ♪

♪ HE-E-E CROWN THY GOOD, YES HE DID, ♪

♪ WITH BROTHERHOOD. ♪

♪ FROM SEA TO SHINING SEA. ♪

♪ YOU KNOW, I WISH I HAD SOMEBODY TO HELP ME SING THIS. ♪

♪ AMERICA, I LOVE YOU AMERICA. ♪

♪ YOU SEE, MY GOD HE DONE SHED HIS GRACE ON THEE ♪

♪ YOU OUGHT TO LOVE HIM FOR IT ♪

ANNOUNCER: CORPORATE FUNDING FOR

IN PERFORMANCE AT THE WHITE HOUSE IS PROVIDED BY PEPSI.

PEPSI IS PROUD TO SUPPORT IN PERFORMANCE AT THE WHITE HOUSE,

CELEBRATING THE ENDURING LEGACY OF RAY CHARLES.

AMERICAN AIRLINES OPERATES AN AVERAGE OF 6,700 FLIGHTS PER DAY

TO NEARLY 350 DESTINATIONS IN MORE THAN 50 COUNTRIES.

WE ARE PROUD OF OUR SUPPORT OF ARTS PROGRAMMING

ON PUBLIC TELEVISION AND IN PERFORMANCE AT THE WHITE HOUSE.

ADDITIONAL FUNDING PROVIDED BY THE KOVLER FOUNDATION.

TRACY RICHELLE HIGH AND ROMAN JOHNSON.

MRS. OLOWATOYIN OJORA SARAKI.

KAREN AND SAM SEYMOUR.

AND BY THE CORPORATION FOR PUBLIC BROADCASTING.

♪ ♪

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