I'm delighted that you've made your way to my site. For those of you that don't know me, my name is Charlie Rich, Jr. I've been a professional song writer, entertainer and keyboard player most of my life. I pretty much grew up in the music industry, as my mother and father have been involved in music as long as I can remember. My father achieved legendary status as a musician's musician, a singer's singer and a world class entertainer.
My mother made her reputation as a successful song writer and publisher, not to mention being my father's biggest inspiration. Charlie Rich (Sr.), known to many as "The Silver Fox", achieved a string of hits such as "Behind Closed Doors", "The Most Beautiful Girl In The World", "A Very Special Love Song" and many more.
He started his musical career at SUN Studio in the late 50s as a piano player/singer. He went on to become one of country music's biggest stars of all time, while managing to "cross over" and have success on the Pop charts as well. I feel that the reason he could appeal to a varied fan base so successfully is that he loved all types of music. He didn't just stick to one style, but he succeeded in displaying artistry in a variety of musical forms. His music struck a chord with people from all over the world, sans stylistic boundaries. I too have a great appreciation for that same musical ideal. In other words, it's all good.
Still more stuff...
- Being taken seriously.
- How my father became a star.
- So, you wanna' be a country star?
- Who do you like better, Garth or Gershwin?
- You'll eat what you're served...
- The Media: Out with the old, in with the new.
- It's great exposure.
Thoughts on some of the people I've played with or known.
- Charlie Rich
- Freddy Fender
- Smokey Robinson
- Jo-El Sonnier
- Randy Meisner
- Billy Swan
- Flaco Jimenez
- Augie Meyers
- Doug Sahm
- Jerry Lee Lewis
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