In a vibrant and transformative atmosphere, the legendary Ray Charles, accompanied by The Raelettes, took to the stage to deliver an unforgettable performance in the video below.
Ray Charles was no stranger to the festival, having first performed there in 1973. Yet, this 1997 appearance held a special significance – a testament to his enduring impact on the music industry and his uncanny ability to capture the zeitgeist of the time. As soon as he began to play, the audience was instantly captivated, transported to a realm where music transcended the limitations of the era and touched something deep within the human spirit.
As you watch the video, you can feel the electric energy emanating from the stage as Ray Charles and The Raelettes perform their rendition of “I Can’t Stop Loving You.” The song was written by Don Gibson in 1957 and transformed into a soulful ballad by Ray Charles in 1962, becoming one of his most successful crossover hits. The live performance at Montreux is a true testament to the timelessness of this classic and its ability to evoke powerful emotions.