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Charlie Gracie (born 1936) is an American rock pioneer and singer. 1936 (MCMXXXVI) was a leap year starting on Wednesday (link will take you to calendar). ... Rock and roll (also spelled Rock n Roll, especially in its first decade), also called rock, is a form of popular music, usually featuring vocals (often with vocal harmony), electric guitars and a strong back beat; other instruments, such as the saxophone, are common in some styles. ... Simon Le Bon lead singer of Duran Duran in concert, 2003. ...

Born Charles Anthony Graci in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, his father encouraged him to play the guitar; this started Charlie's musical career at the very early age of 14 when he appeared on the Paul Whiteman television show. Philadelphia is a village located in Jefferson County, New York. ... State nickname: The Keystone State Official languages None Capital Harrisburg Largest city Philadelphia Governor Ed Rendell (D) Senators Arlen Specter (R) Rick Santorum (R) Area  - Total  - % water Ranked 33rd 119,283 km² 2. ... A guitar is a stringed musical instrument. ... Paul Whiteman (March 28, 1890 - December 29, 1967) was a popular United States orchestral leader. ...


Gracie began honing the musical skills that one day would take him around the world. He performed every opportunity he had, at weddings, local restaurants, and parties, and on local radio and television. He also won many regional talent contests. The little money and prizes he received were happily turned over to his mother to help support the family.

During one of these early radio performances, the owner of Cadillac Records heard Charlie while driving to New York. He was so excited by Charlie's sound that he soon contacted the young musician and signed him to a contract. This association yielded the single, Boogie Woogie Blues backed with I'm Gonna Sit Right Down And Write Myself A Letter. The record led to Charlie's first appearance on Bob Horn's "Bandstand" television program. (This was four years before Dick Clark became the host) State nickname: The Empire State Other U.S. States Capital Albany Largest city New York City Governor George Pataki (R) Senators Charles Schumer (D) Hillary Rodham Clinton (D) Official languages None (English is de facto) Area 141,205 km² or 54,556 square miles (27th)  - Land 122,409 km²  - Water... There have been multiple notable individuals of the name Dick Clark. ...

After cutting two more singles for Cadillac, Charlie moved on to 20th Century Records where he put out another four sides. The discs he made embraced a wide variety of styles: jump blues, gospel, and country boogie with the influences of Big Joe Turner, B.B. King, Louis Jordan, Roy Acuff, and Hank Williams. 20th Century Records was (not surprisingly) a subsidiary of film studio 20th Century Fox. ... The jump blues is a type of blues music, characterized by a jazzy, saxophone (or other horn instruments) sound, driving rhythms and shouted vocals. ... Gospel music may refer either to the religious music that first came out of African-American churches in the 1930s or, more loosely, to both black gospel music and to the religious music composed and sung by white southern Christian artists. ... Boogie is swing blues rhythm (Burrows 1995, p. ... Big Joe Turner ( May 18, 1911 – November 24, 1985) was an American blues singer from Kansas City, Missouri. ... Riley B. King aka B. B. King (b. ... Louis Jordan (July 8, 1908 - February 4, 1975) was an African-American jazz and rhythm & blues musician who, unlike many of his black peers, was highly popular with mainstream audiences in the post-swing era. ... Roy Claxton Acuff (15 September 1903–23 November 1992) was an American country musician. ... Hank Williams Sr. ...

Indeed, between 1951-53, Charlie Gracie was experimenting with many types of music, years before many rock heroes had ever set foot inside a recording studio.

By 1956, Philadelphia had given birth to the new Cameo record label. Its founders, in search of a strong talent signed Charlie later that year. With a $600 budget, this new union went into the studio to record a single that would forever change their lives. The record, Butterfly backed with Ninety Nine Ways became a monster hit, reaching the number one position all across America. Charlie received a gold disc for the two million plus sales and became the first native Philadelphia rock star to achieve international success. Other substantial sellers followed: Fabulous, Wandering Eyes, and Cool Baby. The financial success of these hits bankrolled the Cameo label, which became a dominant force in the recording industry for several years. Philadelphia is a village located in Jefferson County, New York. ... Cameo and its sister label Parkway were a major Philadelphia-based record label. ... Butterfly is a popular song. ... A Gold album is a music album that has sold a minimum number of copies (in the United States, currently 500,000 sales). ...

Charlie's personal appearances grew until he performed and headlined some of the biggest venues of that time: Alan Freed's rock and roll shows at the Brooklyn Paramount, The Ed Sullivan Show, Dick Clark's "American Bandstand" and the 500 Club in Atlantic City. He toured with the likes of Chuck Berry, The Everly Brothers, Bo Diddley and his close friend, Eddie Cochran. Alan Freed (December 15, 1922 – January 20, 1965) was an American disc-jockey (DJ), who became internationally known for promoting African-American Rhythm and Blues (R&B) music on the radio in the United States and Europe under the name of Rock and Roll. ... Ed Sullivan. ... American Bandstand was a live dance music television show. ... Chuck Berry Charles Edward Anderson Berry (born October 18, 1926), better known as Chuck Berry, is a highly influential American guitarist, singer and composer. ... The Everly Brothers Don (born Isaac Donald Everly February 1, 1937 in Brownie, a small coal-mining town (now defunct) near Central City, Muhlenberg County, Kentucky) and Phil Everly (born Philip Everly January 18, 1939 in Chicago, Illinois) are country-influenced rock and roll performers who had their greatest success... Bo Diddleys emphasis on rhythm largely influenced popular music, especially that of rock and roll in the 1960s. ... Eddie Cochran Eddie Cochran (October 3, 1938 – April 17, 1960) was an early American rockabilly musician and an important influence on popular music during the 1960s. ...

Charlie became only the second American, guitar-toting rock and roller to bring this new art form to the British concert stage. His two extensive tours in 1957 and 58 were a whirlwind, topped off by headlining the Palladium and the Hippodrome in London. He played to packed houses and drew rave reviews. In the audiences, among Charlie's fans and admirers, were future rock greats: Graham Nash, members of the Beatles and Rolling Stones, Joe Cocker and Van Morrison. These performers and many other well-known acts have credited Charlie as an influence. George Harrison referred to Charlie's guitar technique as "brilliant" in a March 1996 interview with Billboard Magazine; Paul McCartney invited Charlie to the premiere party of his 1999 release which paid tribute to the early pioneers of rock music. General Name, Symbol, Number palladium, Pd, 46 Chemical series transition metals Group, Period, Block 10, 5, d Appearance silvery white metallic Atomic mass 106. ... The Hippodrome is a nightclub on the corner of Charing Cross Road and Leicester Square, in London, UK. The name was in fact used for many different theatres and music halls, of which the London Hippodrome is one of only a few survivors. ... Part of the London skyline viewed from the South Bank London is the most populous city in the European Union, with an estimated population on 1 January 2005 of 7,421,328 and a metropolitan area population of between 12 and 14 million. ... Graham Nash (born 2 February 1942) is a British singer-songwriter. ... The Beatles appeared on The Ed Sullivan Show in 1964 as part of their first tour of the United States, promoting their first hit single there, I Want To Hold Your Hand. ... This article is about the rock band. ... Joe Cocker Joe Cocker (born John Robert Cocker, May 20, 1944) is a pop music singer. ... Van Morrison in concert, 1974 George Ivan Van Morrison (born August 31, 1945) is a Northern Irish singer and songwriter originally from Belfast, Northern Ireland. ... George Harrison, MBE (February 25, 1943 – November 29, 2001) was a popular British guitarist, singer, songwriter, record producer, and film producer, best known as a member of The Beatles. ... An example of a Billboard Magazine. ... Paul McCartney, as photographed by John Kelley for the 1968 LP The Beatles (aka The White Album). Sir James Paul McCartney, MBE (born June 18, 1942) is a British singer, musician and songwriter, who first came to prominence as a member of The Beatles. ...

When the bosses at Cameo Records became infected with the "Teen Idol" syndrome, Charlie no longer fit the mould. More of a musician, he found himself somewhat miscast at Cameo. He moved on to other labels such as Coral, Roulette, Felsted, and Diamond, performing more of the R&B he preferred. Even if success slowed, Charlie continued to perform in clubs, theaters, and resorts, from the 60's through the 90's. He still enjoys a loyal following in Great Britain, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, France, and Holland. Charlie is a devoted family man, married 40 plus years to his first and only wife, Joan. They have two children, a son and a daughter. Holland is a region in the central-western part of the Netherlands. ...

During the late 1990's, Charlie was introduced to Quentin Jones, a guitarist, studio owner and label head. Quentin had a strong background in roots music, having played in a rockabilly band produced by Stray Cat, Lee Rocker. He also played lead guitar on Robert Gordon's 1996 self titled CD. Rockabilly is the earliest form of rock and roll as a distinct style of music. ...

Charlie and Quentin met at Valley Forge, Pennsylvania. They hit it off so well they decided to record an album together. Quentin, acting as producer decided to record Charlie as a current act as opposed to an "oldies artist". He brought in bandmate Dave Ferrara to play drums. Quentin took up bass duties and some guitar, combining them with Charlie's outstanding guitar and vocals. The chemistry worked so well that Charlie invited Quentin and Dave to back him when Van Morrison commissioned the pioneer rocker to open his 2000 West Coast U.S. tour. It has been suggested that Significane Of Valley Forge On American History be merged into this article or section. ...

After overcoming some obstacles, the project finally got under way. With Charlie, Quentin and Dave comprising the nucleus, a common thread ran through each song. Quentin used his producer skills to give each number a distinctive feel. For example, Hank William's Kaw-Liga received an updated sound with a touch of "psychobilly." Lover Boy was recorded with a retro feel. The Gracie original, Times Are Changing is laden with late 60's studio techniques while I'm Confessing has that feel of musicians playing late in a smoked-filled studio, The Beatles' Get Back (which is a nod of thanks to Paul McCartney for his recent cover of Charlie's hit "Fabulous") was approached with a heavy horn section. I'm Gonna' Love You is performed straight up with an early 60s feel.

Contributing their musical talents on this CD were Tommy Conwell, whose smooth guitar playing is featured on Still 19, Ralph Miller on piano, Daryl Jenkins on sax, and Pete Barnhart on percussion. The biggest surprise came when Graham Nash volunteered to contribute vocals to the song A little Too Soon To Tell.

This disc marks the next phase in Charlie's musical career.

Charlie Gracie's pioneering contribution to the genre has been recognized by the Rockabilly Hall of Fame. The Rockabilly Hall of Fame was established on March 21, 1997 to present early rock and roll history and information relative to the artists and personalities involved in this pioneering American music genre. ...

Charlie comes from a very musical family. In fact, his brother Frank played with Charlie's band for 13 years as a base player. Frank also formed his own band with his younger brother Bob and toured the country for 6 years, gaining their own popularity. All of the brother got their musical talent from their father, Sam, who was affectionately known as "Dixie" and was very proud of all three of his sons. One summer down the "Jersey Shore" they all got on stage and performed together.

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