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
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
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