Genres: Blues Pop / Rock
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Decades Active: 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s


Despite releasing four albums which charted in the USA, the adjective most often ascribed to UK hard rock band Charlie was one of ‘facelessness’. The group was formed in the mid-70s by John Verity (guitar, vocals), Martin Smith (guitar), Terry Thomas (guitar, vocals), John Anderson (bass) and Bob Henrit (drums). However, Henrit was soon replaced by American session percussionist Steve Gadd as the group moved away from ballads to inject their material (which often employed three-part harmonies) with more bite. With the success of No Second Chance in 1977, and the fact that they remained almost unknown in the UK, the band began to spend more and more of their time in America. The appeal of the group - who specialized in routine British hard rock, packaged in album covers featuring scantily clad women - is something of a mystery. Drawn from No Second Chance, ‘Johnny Hold Back’ duly became an AOR radio standard. The group built on their breakthrough...

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