Charlie Rich, singer
birth name: Charles Rich

Charlie Rich

December 14, 1932, Colt, AR ~ July 25, 1995, Hammond, LA

A gifted pianist, singer and songwriter whose early recordings were pronouncedly influenced by jazz and blues, Mr. Rich was an originator of the Countrypolitan sound, the lushly orchestrated Nashville style that dominated country music from the late 1960's to the mid-70's. Mr. Rich, called the Silver Fox because of his prematurely gray hair, reached his commercial peak in 1973 with two million-selling singles, ‘Behind Closed Doors’ and ‘The Most Beautiful Girl,’ both of which featured his smooth, slightly world-weary baritone. ~ New York Times: Charlie Rich Obituary ~ July 26, 1995 © New York Times

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December 14, 1974 ~ Billboard Hot 100 ~ #3 (2) Billy Swan, I Can Help ~ #2 (3) The Three Degrees, When Will I See You Again ~ #1 (1) Carl Douglas, Kung Fu Fighting


Charlie Rich was simultaneously one of the most critically acclaimed and most erratic country singers of post-World War II era. Rich had all the elements of being one of the great country stars of the '60s and '70s, but his popularity never matched his critical notices. What made him a critical favorite also kept him from mass success. Throughout his career, Rich willfully bended genres, fusing country, jazz, blues, gospel, rockabilly, and soul. Though he had 45 country hits in a career that spanned nearly four decades, he became best-known for his lush, Billy Sherrill-produced countrypolitan records of the early '70s. Instead of embracing the stardom those records brought him, Rich shunned it, retreating into semiretirement by the '80s. ~ Allmusic: Charlie Rich ~ retrieved April 21, 2014 © Allmusic

In 2012 two Charlie Rich albums made it to the #DLW500 Dylan's 500 Greatest Albums Of All Time ~ #469 Lonely Weekends (1960) ~ #301 Set Me Free (1968)

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