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Bobby Charles, born Robert Charles Guidry in Abbeville, Louisiana, was an American singer and songwriter. An ethnic Cajun, Charles grew up listening to Cajun music and the country and western music of Hank Williams, Sr. At age 15, however, he heard a performance by Fats Domino, an event that "changed my life forever," he recalled. Charles helped to pioneer the south Louisiana musical genre known as swamp pop. His compositions include the hits "See You Later, Alligator," which he initially recorded himself as "Later Alligator" but which is best known from the version by Bill Haley & His Comets, and "Walking to New Orleans", written for Fats Domino. Because of his south Louisiana-influenced rhythm and blues vocal style, Charles has often been referred to as black, when in fact he is white. On November 26th, 1976, Charles was invited to play with The Band at their farewell concert, The Last Waltz

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEW

The Last Waltz 40 Tour at the NYCB Theatre at Westbury

Read "The Last Waltz 40 Tour at the NYCB Theatre at Westbury" reviewed by Mike Perciaccante

The Last Waltz 40 Tour NYCB Theatre at Westbury Westbury, NY February 3, 2017 On November 25, 1976 (Thanksgiving), the Canadian-American rock group the Band gave its farewell concert at San Francisco's Winterland Ballroom. The concert was filmed by director Martin Scorsese and made into the documentary, The Last Waltz. The ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Beverly Lewis: All Shades of Blues

Read "All Shades of Blues" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

Vocalist Beverly Lewis does not worry about the particulars of proper jazz vocals on All Shades of Blues, because she is also a blues singer, and the two vocal styles often have different agendas. Lewis, however, has but one agenda: stepping up to the microphone and belting out whatever song she is singing con brio and ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Dr. John and the Lower 911: Tribal

Read "Tribal" reviewed by Mike Perciaccante

In the late 1960s and early 1970s, Dr. John made his bones (at least with the national audience) with a spooky, swampy blues / psychedelia / R&B / funk / pop / rock / jazz-influenced musical gumbo that included the originals “Right Place, Wrong Time," “Mardi Gras Day," “I Walk on Guilded Splinters," “Such A Night" ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Dr. John and The Lower 911: Tribal

Read "Tribal" reviewed by Chris May

With hindsight, keyboards player and vocalist Mac Rebennack's return to his “Dr. John, The Night Tripper" oeuvre might have been foreseen before the recording of Tribal, when in 2006 he once more donned the full-blown voodoo regalia for his appearance at the Bonnaroo Music Festival. But then Katrina came along and Rebennack's attentions became focused on ...

NEWS: OBITUARY

Bobby Charles Louisiana Singer and Songwriter Passes

Bobby Charles Louisiana Singer and Songwriter Passes

Bobby Charles, 71, the singer-songwriter who penned such hits as Fats Domino's Walking to New Orleans,See You Later Alligator by Bill Haley and His Comets and But I Do by Frogman Henry, died Thursday at his home in Abbeville, La. Charles had diabetes and was in remission from kidney cancer, said his publicist, Karen Johnson, but ...

Homemade Songs

Label: Unknown label
Released: 2008

NEWS: RECORDING

Bobby Charles Releases Long Awaited CD: "Homemade Songs"

Bobby Charles Releases Long Awaited CD: "Homemade Songs"

From Rice 'N' Gravy Records “Pick Of The Week" --USA Today “15 Swampy Soulful Tracks" --Rolling Stone “My old buddy, Robert Charles Guidry, was better known as Bobby Charles, and he was more successful as a songwriter than a singer, and it's a sin 'cause he's a hell of a singer. He's got one of the ...


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