|Genres:||Music & Radio Books Musicals & The Arts Pop / Rock|
|Tags:||rock and roll rockabilly oldies rock'n'roll rhythm and blues|
|Decades:||1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s|
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Charles Anthony Graci, 14 May 1936, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA. When guitarist and songwriter Charlie Gracie recorded the original version of the rock n roll song Butterfly in 1957, he faced stiff competition from Andy Williams cover version. Gracies Elvis Presley -like vocal took the song to number 5 in the US charts and Top 20 in the UK, but Williams charted higher, number 1 in the UK and USA. They both sold over a million copies. He started out appearing as a teenager on Paul Whitemans top-rated American television show. Gracies subsequent singles were styled to suit his voice, including the ballads Fabulous and Wanderin Eyes, both Top 10 smashes in the UK in the same year. For many years he has been a legend rather than a performing artist. Often controversial, he has changed record labels countless times and still regularly performs in the USA and Europe. In the UK he has...