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Ray Charles, What a Doll

This fall, Ray Charles will be making appearances in retail stores throughout the country. Well, not the man himself, but an animatronic likeness.

The Ray Charles Animatronic Doll will hit stores in September, and it will be full of robotic swing and soul. Produced by JTR Entertainment of Oak Lawn, Ill., the doll sings two songs-Charles’ rendition of “America the Beautiful” and his original composition “What’d I Say.” Its lips and body move to the music.

The doll will be supported by a national promotion and public relations campaign, and will sell for a suggested price of $32.95. A website,, is currently under construction.

The real Ray is preparing to make some appearances himself. The 71-year-old is touring throughout most of this year in support of his latest album, Thanks for Bringing Love Around Again (Vanguard).

07/17/02 Cleveland Heights, OH–Cain Park

07/19/02 Vevay, IN–Belterra Casino & Resort

07/20/02 Vevay, IN–Belterra Casino & Resort

07/21/02 Detroit, MI–Chene Park

07/26/02 Northampton, MA–Calvin Theater

07/27/02 Ocean Grove, NJ–Great Auditorium

07/29/02 Portland, ME–Merrill Auditorium

07/31/02 Syracuse, NY–Syracuse University

08/02/02 Atlantic City, NJ–Trump Plaza

08/03/02 Atlantic City, NJ–Trump Plaza

08/04/02 Oyster Bay, NY–Planting Fields

08/07/02 New York, NY–Beacon Theatre

08/09/02 Dover, DE–Dover Down Slots

08/10/02 Dover, DE–Dover Down Slots

08/11/02 Philadelphia, PA–Mann Center

08/19/02 San Diego, CA–Humphrey’s

08/20/02 Phoenix, AZ–Celebrity Theatre

08/22/02 Livermore, CA–Wente Concerts At The Vineyard

08/23/02 Saratoga, CA–Historic Mountain Winery

08/24/02 Sacramento, CA–Radisson Hotel

08/25/02 San Rafael, CA–Marin Veteran’s Aud.

08/27/02 Kelseyville, CA–Konocti Harbor Resort

08/28/02 Jacksonville, OR–Britt Festivals @ Britt Pavilion

08/29/02 Portland, OR–Oregon Zoo Amphitheatre

09/12/02 Seattle, WA–Benaroya Hall

09/15/02 Fort Collins, CO–Lincoln Center

09/16/02 Fort Collins, CO–Lincoln Center

09/17/02 Fort Collins, CO–Lincoln Center

09/18/02 Fort Collins, CO–Lincoln Center

09/20/02 Fort Collins, CO–Lincoln Center

09/21/02 Greeley, CO–Civic Center

09/22/02 Greeley, CO–Civic Center

09/29/02 Kelseyville, CA–Konocti Harbor Resort

10/02/02 Fresno, CA–Big Fresno Fair

10/04/02 Anaheim, CA–The Grove Of Anaheim

10/27/02 Rochester, NY–Eastman Theatre

11/07/02 St. Etienne, FRA–Palais des Spectacles

11/11/02 Paris, FRA–Palais De Congress

11/27/02 Mannheim, GER–To Be Announced

11/28/02 Geneva, SWI–To Be Announced

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