Got me thinking about Ray and his recording of "Am I Blue," live in Japan (in '76 I think). Dialed it up on Grooveshark (here) and once again got chills (running from my ears down arms). A rare performance, with John Coles killing it on the trumpet, the crowd obviously tuned in.
The second time Ray sings "blue," he makes it into a 6-note word. He starts bending all the held notes. At the very end, he makes "Am I gay…," go "Am I gay-ay-ay…" Just a stunning vocal.