RICH, CHARLIE

MIDNITE BLUES / WHIRLWIND (UNDUBBED (SLEAZY RECORDS)

RICH, CHARLIE - MIDNITE BLUES / WHIRLWIND (UNDUBBED 117273
Format:
1 7"
Release:
17.11.2017
Label:
SLEAZY RECORDS
Kat.-Nr.:
117273
Barcode:
8436022625808
Charlie Rich. Born in Forrest City, Arkansas, on December 14, 1932. Died in Hammond, Louisiana, on July 25, 1995.

Certainly, the guy to whom Sun Records founder would refer to as the best singer, writer and player he ever recorded, had everything necessary to succeed as a solo artist.

Including a catchy name. A talented good-looking young man married to a woman who deeply believed in his usical potential, Rich had grown up on a farm near Colt, a small rural community located about 50 miles away from Memphis, Tennessee.

There he developed a taste for Blues, Jazz, Gospel and Country music and was able to reflect that eclectic mixture in his piano skills, playing club gigs while serving in the Air Force during the early fifties.

After his discharge, Charlie bought a five hundred acre farm and played the Memphis area circuit as much as his family duties allowed.

According to the legend, one day around 1957 Rich's wife took a demo tape they had recorded at home to Bill Justis, musical director at Sun Records, and soon Charlie became a writer and session musician for the label, providing songs or piano accompaniment for such artists as Ray Smith, Carl Mann, Johnny Cash, Barbara Pittman and Jerry Lee Lewis.

August 1958 brought Charlie Rich's first solo session, resulting in a single released in November that year by Sun's subsidiary Phillips International.

The songs included were "Whirlwind" (which you can find on this piece of wax you're holding in your hands) and "Philadelphia Baby", sales being good enough to assure a followup in summer 1959 with "Rebound" and "Big Man".

Rich only needed one more single, released early in 1960, to get his first hit. "Lonely Weekends" spent some weeks in the charts and Charlie found himself into the star-system for a short period, as public response to his new releases wasn't so enthusiastic in spite of such great recordings as "Gonna Be Waiting", "Who Will The Next Fool Be", "There's Another Place I Can't Go" or this "Midnite Blues" included here.

He left Sun in 1963, recording for a variety of labels in the next years and finally hitting the big time in the seventies with Country oriented songs as "Behind Closed Doors", "The Most Beautiful Girl In The World", "A Very Special Love Song" or "I Love My Friend".

Retired during the most part of the eighties, Charlie Rich had to deal with alcohol abuse and health problems that finally caused him a pulmonary embolism.

His legendary status, coined by a large collection of unforgettable recordings, was perfectly reflected, once again, by Sam Phillips' words: "I never knew a more talented musician, or a more beautiful human being, than Charlie Rich".

The perfect epitaph.
 
  • Tracklisting
  • 1.1. MIDNITE BLUES
  • 1.2. WHIRLWIND (UNDUBBED)