Photograph by
Williams, Milton, American, born 1940
Subject of
Charles, Ray, American, 1930 - 2004
The Raelettes, American, 1956 - 2004
The Howard Theatre, American, founded 1910
May 17, 1980
silver and photographic gelatin on photographic paper
H x W (Image): 9 7/16 x 13 15/16 in. (24 x 35.4 cm)
H x W (Sheet): 11 x 13 15/16 in. (27.9 x 35.4 cm)
Howard Theater. I used to catch them at the Howard Theater in the fifties when they were performing this song. Just when you thought Ray Charles was going to fall off his seat, he would lean into the mike and really get into the music. They Raelettes were always as fine as they wanted to be. May 17, 1980.
Milton Williams, Moments in Time, 1973-1993 (Nashville: James C. Winston Publishing Co., 1996), 45.
A black-and-white photograph of Ray Charles and the Raelettes performing at the Howard Theatre. Charles is seated at a piano, with the Raelettes standing to the right. The photograph is stamped and inscribed on the back.
Place depicted
Howard Theatre, Washington, District of Columbia, United States, North and Central America
Media Arts-Photography
gelatin silver prints
Jazz (Music)
Local and regional
Rhythm and blues (Music)
Singers (Musicians)
Credit Line
Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, Gift of Milton Williams Archives
Object number
Restrictions & Rights
© Milton Williams
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