In the later part of his life, Rich acquired the nickname the Silver Fox. Rich was inducted into the Memphis Music Hall of Fame in Rich was born in ColtArkansas, United States, to rural cotton farmers. He was strongly influenced by his parents, members of the Landmark Missionary Baptist Church in Forrest City, as his mother, Helen Rich, played piano and his father sang in gospel quartets.
A black sharecropper on the family land named C. Allen taught Rich blues piano. He enrolled at Arkansas State College on a football scholarship and then transferred to the University of Arkansas as a music major after a football injury. He left after one semester to join the United States Air Force in While stationed in EnidOklahoma, he formed "the Velvetones," playing jazz and blues and featuring his wife, Margaret Ann, on vocals. Upon leaving the military Bee Gees - Number Onesthey returned to the West Memphis area to farm acres.
During these times, he began writing his own material. After recording some demonstration songs for Sam Phillips at Sun Records that Phillips considered not commercial enough and "too jazzy", he was given a stack of Jerry Lee Lewis records and told: "Come back when you get that bad.
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56 Nonstop Countdown Special the Top 30 hit, "Lonely Weekends",  which was notable for its Presley-like vocals. It sold more than one million copies and was awarded a gold disc by the Recording Industry Association of America. Rich's career then stalled and he left the struggling Sun I Take It On Home - Charlie Rich - Charlie Rich insigning with Groovea subsidiary of RCA Victor.
Rich moved to Smash Records in Rich's new producer, Jerry Kennedyencouraged the pianist to emphasize his country and rock n' roll leanings, although Rich considered himself a jazz pianist and I Take It On Home - Charlie Rich - Charlie Rich not paid much attention to country music since childhood.
Unfortunately again for Rich, none of his follow-up singles were successful. Rich again changed labels, moving to Hi Recordswhere he recorded blue-eyed I Take It On Home - Charlie Rich - Charlie Rich music and straight country, but once more, none of his singles for Hi made a dent on the country or pop charts. Despite his lack of consistent commercial success, Epic Records signed Rich inmainly on the recommendation of producer Billy Sherrill.
This new " countrypolitan " Rich sound paid off in the summer ofwhen "I Take It on Home" went to number six on the country charts.
The album was also certified gold. After "The Most Beautiful I Take It On Home - Charlie Rich - Charlie Rich number-one hits came quickly, as five songs topped the country charts in and crossed over to the pop charts. Both RCA Records and Mercury Records Smash was a subsidiary of Mercury which was The Hafler Trio - Hljóðmynd into the main company in re-released his previously recorded material from the mids, as well.
Rich had three more top-five hits inbut though he was at the peak of his popularity, Rich began to drink heavily, causing considerable problems off-stage. Rich's destructive personal behavior famously culminated at the CMA awards ceremony for when he presented the award for Entertainer of the Year, while visibly intoxicated.
John Denver. Others speculated that Rich's behavior was a protest against the award going to Denver, whose music Rich had considered too " pop " and not enough "country".
In a interview, former CMA Executive Director Jo Push And Shove - CUD - When In Rome, Kill Me speculated that Rich's drunkenness may have been in part due to resentment over his being shut out of the nominations that year, Somewhere - Oscar Peterson Trio* - West Side Story his success at the awards.
His son Charlie, Jr. I'll tell you why I thought he did it. He set it up by Various - From The Pages Of Experimental Musical Instruments Volume III about how the potential winners were probably nervous, as he had been the previous year. He had recently broken his foot in a freak accident at his home in Memphis. It sounds funny, but he got his foot caught in an awkward position while getting out of a reclining chair.
He cracked several bones in his foot. Due to the pain, he took pain medication the night of the show: Bad idea! Secondly, he and another country star got to drinking gin and tonics while waiting in the dressing room. The show was long, so by the time Dad was supposed to go on, the drinks on top of the medication got him buzzed. So, there ya' go. That's why I think he did it.
Primarily he thought it would be funny. I know the last thing my father would have wanted to do was set himself up as judge of another musician. He felt badly that people thought it was a statement against John Denver. The slump in his career was exacerbated by the fact that his records began to sound increasingly similar: pop-inflected country ballads with overdubbed strings and little of the jazz or blues Rich had performed his entire life.
He did not have a top hit again until " Rollin' With the Flow " went to number one on the country charts as well as number 32 on the easy listening charts in Rich struggled throughout having hits with United Artists and Epic. His singles were moderate hits that year, the biggest of them on either UA or Epic was a version of " Spanish Eyes ", which became a top country hit.
One more top hit followed, the Gary Stewart song "Are We Dreamin' the Same Dream" early inbut Rich decided to remove himself from the spotlight. For over a decade, Rich was silent, living off his investments in semi-retirement and only playing occasional concerts.
InRich released Pictures and Paintingsa jazzy album that was produced by journalist Peter Guralnick. Pictures and Paintings received positive critical reviews and restored Rich's reputation as a musician, but it was his last album. Tom Waitswho was an opening act for Rich in the s, mentions him in the song "Putnam County" from his I Take It On Home - Charlie Rich - Charlie Rich Nighthawks at the Diner with the lyric: "The radio's spitting out Charlie Rich He sure can sing, that son of a bitch.
Charlie Rich and his wife were driving to Florida for a vacation after seeing their son Allan perform with Freddy Fender at Lady Luck Casino in NatchezMississippi, when he experienced a bout of severe coughing. FrancisvilleLouisiana, and receiving antibioticshe continued traveling until he stopped to rest for the night.
Rich died in his sleep on July 25,in a HammondLouisiana, motel, he was 62 years old. At the time of his death, Rich was survived by his wife of 43 years, Margaret, two sons, two daughters and three grandchildren.
Margaret Rich died in GermantownTennessee, on July 22,and was buried alongside her husband. Academy of Country Music. American Music Awards. Country Music Association. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.
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