Midnite Blues / Whirlwind
7" | 2017 | EU | Original (Sleazy)
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Release:2017 / EU – Original
Genre:Rock / Indie
Charlie Rich. Born in Forrest City, Arkansas, on December 14, 1932. Died inHammond, Louisiana, on July 25, 1995. Certainly, the guy to whom Sun Recordsfounder would refer to as the best singer, writer and player he ever recorded, hadeverything necessary to succeed as a solo artist. Including a catchy name. Atalented good-looking young man married to a woman who deeply believed in hismusical potential, Rich had grown up on a farm near Colt, a small rural communitylocated about 50 miles away from Memphis, Tennessee. There he developed ataste for Blues, Jazz, Gospel and Country music and was able to reflect thateclectic mixture in his piano skills, playing club gigs while serving in the Air Forceduring the early fifties. After his discharge, Charlie bought a five hundred acre farmand played the Memphis area circuit as much as his family duties allowed.According to the legend, one day around 1957 Rich’s wife took a demo tape theyhad recorded at home to Bill Justis, musical director at Sun Records, and soonCharlie became a writer and session musician for the label, providing songs orpiano accompaniment for such artists as Ray Smith, Carl Mann, Johnny Cash,Barbara Pittman and Jerry Lee Lewis.August 1958 brought Charlie Rich’s first solo session, resulting in a single releasedin November that year by Sun’s subsidiary Phillips International. The songsincluded were “Whirlwind” (which you can find on this piece of wax you’re holding inyour hands) and “Philadelphia Baby”, sales being good enough to assure a followupin summer 1959 with “Rebound” and “Big Man”. Rich only needed one moresingle, released early in 1960, to get his first hit. “Lonely Weekends” spent someweeks in the charts and Charlie found himself into the star-system for a shortperiod, as public response to his new releases wasn’t so enthusiastic in spite ofsuch great recordings as “Gonna Be Waiting”, “Who Will The Next Fool Be”,“There’s Another Place I Can’t Go” or this “Midnite Blues” included here. He leftSun in 1963, recording for a variety of labels in the next years and finally hitting thebig time in the seventies with Country oriented songs as “Behind Closed Doors”,“The Most Beautiful Girl In The World”, “A Very Special Love Song” or “I Love MyFriend”. Retired during the most part of the eighties, Charlie Rich had to deal withalcohol abuse and health problems that finally caused him a pulmonary embolism.His legendary status, coined by a large collection of unforgettable recordings, wasperfectly reflected, once again, by Sam Phillips’ words: “I never knew a moretalented musician, or a more beautiful human being, than Charlie Rich”.The perfect epitaph.