Ray Charles at the Elms Ballroom

Black rock ‘n’ roll and R&B stars of the 1950s had quite a few gigs booked at the Elms Ballroom during that era. Ray Charles was among them as he did a five hour stint at the venue on November 3, 1956. This is the first show of his in the city I’ve come across, but I would venture to guess he played others before this since he was quite popular on the R&B circuit in the mid ’50s.

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