Bobby Charles

An Introduction to Bobby Charles

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The "boogie bottom" of Louisiana used to produce white artists that sounded an awful lot like Fats Domino -- swamp rockers such as Joe Barry and Bobby Charles who were more at home on the R&B charts than the rock lists. Charles wrote Domino's "Walkin' to New Orleans," Clarence "Frogman" Henry's "But I Do," and Bill Haley's "See You Later Alligator," in addition to his own R&B hits on the Chess label. An Introduction to Bobby Charles is a misleading title because it collects mid-'60s Jewel and Paula recordings rather than the Chess classics, but the anthology does have renditions of "See You Later Alligator" and "Walkin' to New Orleans." In addition to his own songs, Charles puts his swamp pop stamp on oldies like "Ain't Misbehavin'," "Goodnight Irene," and "Who's Sorry Now." "I Hope" is as hurtin' a soul ballad as one could want, while "Oh Lonesome Me" and "One More Glass of Wine" move Charles toward country music -- a commercial strategy Joe Barry also tried. Five alternate versions and mixes are added as a bonus for collectors. This package, with different artwork, was previously issued in England under the title Walking to New Orleans (The Jewel & Paul Recordings 1964-1965.)

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