Bobby Charles

Genres: Cajun & Zydeco Pop / Rock
Tags: singer-songwriter new orleans blues rhythm and blues soul funk louisiana Powered by AudioScrobbler
Decades: 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Robert Charles Guidry, 21 February 1938, Abbeville, Louisiana, USA. Charles became well known in the 50s when three of his songs - ‘See You Later Alligator’, ‘Walking To New Orleans’ and ‘But I Do’ - were successfully covered by Bill Haley, Fats Domino and Clarence ‘Frogman’ Henry. The composer also recorded in his own right for Chicago’s Chess Records label, but returned to the south the following decade for a series of low-key, largely unsuccessful, releases. The singer’s career was relaunched in 1972 upon signing with Albert Grossman’s Bearsville label. Bobby Charles featured support from several members of the Band, and this excellent album combined the artist’s R&B and Cajun roots to create a warm, mature collection. The set offered several excellent compositions, the highlight of which was the much-covered ‘Small Town Talk’.

Charles then guested on both of the...

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