Charlie Rich (1932-1995) finally achieved superstardom when his laid-back readings of "Behind Closed Doors" and "The Most Beautiful Girl" ascended in 1973 to the top spot of the Billboard Country chart and crossed over to Pop - the latter to Number One on that chart, too. Although those songs kicked off a new chapter in the career of the man known by that point as the Silver Fox (for his mane of gray hair and wizened appearance), Rich's repertoire could hardly be defined by their mellow sound.
In February 1952, Sam Phillips launched Sun Records at 706 Union Avenue in Memphis, Tennessee - the site of his Sun Studio, previously known as Memphis Recording Service. Two years later, the visionary entrepreneur signed Elvis Presley, and then opened the doors to such other legendary talents as Johnny Cash, Jerry Lewis, Carl Perkins, Roy Orbison, Charlie Rich, and more. The Sun Records rockabilly sound incorporated rhythm and blues, country, rock and roll, and gospel, forever changing the
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Charles Allan Rich - better known as Charlie Rich - came to country stardom late. Though he scored his first hit single in 1960, the favorite son of Colt, Arkansas had trouble following it up with any consistency. But once the big hits started coming in 1972 with a pair of Kenny O'Dell songs - "I Take It On Home" and "Behind Closed Doors" - Rich established himself as one of C&W's most versatile and beloved entertainers. Varese Vintage has recently celebrated the legacy of Rich (1932-1995)
Welcome to this week's Release Round-Up! Elvis Costello, Unfaithful Music & Soundtrack Album (UMe) (Amazon U.S. / Amazon U.K.) Elvis Costello has compiled a 2-CD companion release to his recently-released, utterly engrossing memoir Unfaithful Music & Disappearing Ink. Featuring songs that "offer the deepest emotional connection to the themes and stories in his book," Unfaithful Music & Soundtrack Album non-chronologically spans the onetime Angry Young Man and latter-day