He grew up in a musical family, his Mom played piano, and his Dad sang in Gospel quartets, but Charlie had other ideas. He enrolled at Arkansas State College on a football scholarship, although a football injury changed things.
After one semester as a music major, he joined the Air Force.
He played Jazz and Blues as part of the “Velvetones”, and recorded some demos for Sam Philips at Sun Records. Sam handed Charlie some Jerry Lee Lewis records and was told, “Come back when you get that bad.”
Charlie went on to be extremely popular in the mid seventies with chart topping hits, “Behind Closed Doors”, and “The Most Beautiful Girl”.
Join me next Saturday, December 15 at 9:20 for more with Charlie Rich!
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