Blues to Bop | 28-31.08.2014

 

 

Charlie Gracie is one of a diminishing number of rock& roll innovators, who continues to actively perform. A native of South Philadelphia, he became the first successful recording star of the "Rock Era" to emerge from that neighbourhood. In 1957, Charlie's "Butterfly" topped the American and British music charts, selling over 3 million copies, making it a dominant force in the music industry for nearly a decade!

 

Charlie's star burned even brighter in Great Britain where he became the first solo American artist to bring rock & roll to the English concert stage. To this day, Charlie Gracie, is a much loved and respected performer the length and breadth of the United Kingdom.

 

While Charlie has earned a place in rock music history, this is only one dimension to a career that spans 60-years. Twice, annually, he performs tolarge audiences in countries such as: England, Italy, France, Germany, Austria, Finland and Holland. His superb guitar playing elicited the highest of praise from music legends like George Harrison. The late Beatle once referred to Charlie's guitar technique as "brilliant" in a March 1996 interview with Billboard Magazine. Paul McCartney paid tribute to Charlie by recording an updated version of "Fabulous".

 

The new Millenium found Charlie on the road with Irish blues rocker, Van Morrison. In the fall of 2011, ABKCO Records released his latest CD: "For the love of Charlie!".

 

It is obvious why Charlie Gracie has lasted the course longer than most. He is an accomplished musician and an exceptional talent - a devoted family man who conducts himself as a gentleman both on stage and off. He is a credit to his industry. And what's next for this Rockabilly Hall of Fame induce? Is he ready to retire after more than six decades in the business? Hardly. "I'm getting started on my next album and I'm in the process of writing a book!" Charlie Gracie has only just begun to rock!

 

 

Official website: http:// www.charliegracie.com

 

 

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