Friday, December 14, 2007


Today 1932 Charlie Rich was born

Today 1932 Charlie Rich was born in Colt, Arkansas, USA and he died 1995_07_25. If you don't believe me check Wikipedia.

He is perhaps best remembered for a pair of 1973 hits, Behind Closed Doors and The Most Beautiful Girl but I'm more into his earlier recordings. If you're not so familiar with his early music you now can meet thát side of Charlie Rich.
He's one of the most soulful performers of countrypolitan yesteryear, and one of the most overlooked old-timers in the country canon. Working his way up as a second-stringer in the roster of Sam Phillips' Sun label, Charlie Rich developed an incredible blend of jazzy whiteboy pop and hauntingly bluesy soul. He's sort of a weird morph of Ray Charles and Jerry Lee Lewis, but with more genuine emotional impact than either of his piano-plunkin' brethren. At the peak of his fame, Rich was known as the Silver Fox and won the Performer of the Year award in 1974, riding high on a series of lavish countrypolitan hits that helped define the genre. No small irony, though, that the next year he refused to announce the winner's name (John Denver), because he was horrified at country music's decline into mere defanged, de-twanged pop... a situation he did as much to bring about as anyone else. Still, Charlie Rich is about as cool as they come...

If you don't know his early (SUN) years here are a few songs to get you started.
Rich, Charlie - JeanDupree Compilation _58_62
01-Whirlwind (Undubbed Version)
02-Philadelphia Baby
03-Stop Fakin' Your Love (Alt.)
04-Lonely Weekends (Master)
05-Baby I Need You
06-On My Knees
07-There Won't Be Anymore
08-Who Will The Next Fool Be
09-It's Too Late (Undubbed)
10-My Baby Done Left Me
11-Midnight Blues
12-Easy Money
14-What's My Name
15-The Ways Of A Woman In Love
16-Break Up
17-Blue Suede Shoes
18-Popcorn Polly
19-Sittin' And Thinkin'
20-Right Behind You Baby
21-Turn Around And Face Me

The above picture shows Charlie and his wife Margaret Ann who did so much for him/his career (especially in them Sam Phillips SUN years...).

By this compilation you can learn a little bit about his style in them years. You will notice the resemblance with Jerry Lee Lewis. Total playlist 45 minutes.
As a special bonus I added the Popcorn song Turn around and face me.

Note : full screen window gives you the best view of the comments !

'Clickable' links are for you downloaders soooo convienent but the disadvantage is they don't seem to 'last' long.
The Blogger gets a lot of comments 'please re-up'...... Other, more appropriate/interesting comments, they don't get.... :(
So you will have to do a little work to get the link.
This seems, in my opinion, the best deal between 'protecting' my links and the least effort for you.

Link :
Of course you understand to replace in r#pidsh#re twice the # in an a otherwise you don't have a 'valid' link !!
Paste this valid link in your browser-url and hit RETURN. You can also copy/paste the link into your 'downloadmanager'.

Pass to extract this file : 071214
This file is a small 45MB, 'cause the songs are only in 128kbits

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Thank you for the music
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