Chanteur Rockabilly US né Charles Anthony Graci, le 14 Mai 1936 à Philadelphie (Pennsylvanie). Charlie Gracie a débuté à la fin des années quarante et devient en 1951 un précurseur du Rock 'n' Roll en enregistrant chez Cadillac Records son "Boogie Woogie Blues" avec un Vocals syncopé qui annonçait déja l'ère du Rockabilly. En 1957, il passe chez Cameo puis en 1959 chez Coral et en 60 chez Roulette. Les sixties le plongent dans l'oubli et il est redécouvert à partir de 1979 après une triomphale tournée Anglaise.

Charlie Gracie was Philadelphia's first rock & roll star, the first successful artist on that city's famed Cameo Records, an early regular on American Bandstand, and a skilled rockabilly-style guitarist. He is best known for the 1957 hit single "Butterfly," which rose to number one on the Billboard charts. His popularity was also significant in the U.K. and his lingering influence there is such that his praises have been sung by the likes of Paul McCartney (who covered "Fabulous," one of Gracie's early recordings), George Harrison, Van Morrison and Graham Nash.
Born May 14, 1936 (the same day as Bobby Darin), with his surname originally spelled "Graci", Charlie Gracie grew up in South Philadelphia, listening to country music and big-band jazz. At age 10, he obtained his first guitar, and by 15 he was a prodigy, performing regularly and winning contests on the simulcast radio and television show of early jazz great Paul Whiteman. Signed first to Cadillac Records, Gracie's first single, "Boogie-Woogie Blues," recorded in 1951, was not a hit, nor were a couple of follow-ups for other labels. Then, in 1956, he was signed to the fledgling Cameo label. Gracie's first recording consisted of two songs written by the label's co-owners, Bernie Lowe and Kal Mann, "Butterfly" and "Ninety-Nine Ways." With repeated appearances on American Bandstand, hosted by Dick Clark, as well as The Ed Sullivan Show and other TV programs of the day, Gracie's popularity soared, and by April 1957, "Butterfly" had reached number one in the States. ("Butterfly" also became a chart-topper for crooner Andy Williams the same year.) Gracie's style was not as raucous as fellow early guitar rockers such as Gene Vincent or Eddie Cochran, but he made up for any loss of grit with an undeniable professionalism and easy likeability. Gracie's guitar style has been described as a mix of rockabilly, jump blues, swing, and country boogie, while his Vocalss incorporate pop, blues, R&B, and rock & roll influences.
Another Mann-Lowe composition, "Fabulous" followed "Butterfly" in the spring of 1957, reaching number 16 in the U.S. and number eight in the U.K. Gracie subsequently toured the U.K. -- the first solo American rock & roller to do so -- headlining at the Hippodrome Theater. He scored only one further hit in America, "I Love You So Much It Hurts," written by country singer Floyd Tillman, which only reached number 71 (although it reached number 14 in the U.K.). His biggest hit in England was yet to come, "Wanderin' Eyes," which reached number six there, and he logged his final U.K. hit with "Cool Baby." Gracie continued to record for Cameo into 1958, when he had a falling out with Lowe. Clark no longer booked him on his program after that, and Gracie faded from the charts. He recorded for several other labels into the '60s, including Coral and Roulette, and has continued to perform regularly both near Philadelphia and in Europe, where the rockabilly revival kept his popularity high for decades. Gracie was still going strong into the first decade of the 21st century. His Cameo catalog remained unavailable on CD for many years, until the ABKCO label released a compilation in 2006. In 2007, a documentary film chronicling Gracie's story Fabulous, was aired on PBS stations.

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Talents : Singer, Guitar

Style musical : Rockabilly, Rock 'n' Roll, Doo Wop

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BOOGIE WOOGIE BLUES (1951)

BUTTERFLY (1957)

FABULOUS (1957)

JUST LOOKIN' (1957)

ANGEL OF LOVE (1959)

Years in activity :

1910 20 30 40 50 60 70 80 90 2000 10

DISCOGRAPHY

Singles & EP

1951 SP CADILLAC 141 (US) . Boogie Woogie Blues / I'm Gonna Sit Right Down And Write Myself A Letter
1951 SP CADILLAC 144 (US) . Rockin' Rollin' / All Over Town
1952 SP CADILLAC 154 (US) . T'Ain't No Sin In Rhythm / Say What You Mean
06/1955 SP 20TH CENTURY FOX TC-7-5033 (US) . Head Home Honey / My Baby Loves Me
07/1955 SP 20TH CENTURY FOX TC-7-5035 (US) . Charlie GRACIE & The WILDCATS - Wildwood Boogie / Honey ! Honey !
03/1957 SP CAMEO 105 (US) . Ninety Nine Ways / Butterfly
04/1957 SP CAMEO 107 (US) . Fabulous / Just Lookin'
07/1957 SP CAMEO 111 (US) . I Love You So Much It Hurts / Wanderin' Eyes
10/1957 SP CAMEO 118 (US) . You Got A Heart Like A Rock / Cool Baby
1957 EP PARLOPHONE GEP 8630 (UK) The Fabulous Charlie Gracie - Fabulous / Just Lookin' / Butterfly / Ninety Nine Ways
02/1958 SP CAMEO 127 (US) . Crazy Girl / Dressin' Up
05/1958 SP CAMEO 141 (US) . Trying / Love Bird
1958 EP LONDON REU 10001 (F) Cool Baby / You Got A Heart Like A Rock / Wandering Eyes / I Live You So Much It Hurts
01/1959 SP CORAL 9-62073 (US) . Doodlebug / Hurry Up, Buttercup
05/1959 SP CORAL 9-62115 (US) . Angel Of Love / I'm A Fool That Way
09/1959 SP CORAL 9-62141 (US) . Oh-Well-A / Because I Love You So
195? SP MOONGLOW 5026x45 (US) . Butterfly / ?
195? SP MOONGLOW 5035x45 (US) . Fabulous / Just Lookin'
05/1960 SP ROULETTE R-4255 (US) . The Race / I Look For You
12/1960 SP ROULETTE R-4312 (US) . Sorry For You / Scenery
09/1961 SP FELSTED 45-8629 (US) . Makin' Whoopee / W-Wow
09/1962 SP PRESIDENT 825 (US) . Pretty Baby / Night And Day U.S.A.
06/1963 SP PRESIDENT 828 (US) . Count To Three / Just Like Us
02/1965 SP DIAMOND 178 (US) . He'll Never Love You Like I Do / Keep My Love Next To Your Heart
1969 SP SOCK 'N' SOUL 102 (US) . Walk With Me Girl / Tenderness
1975 SP ABKCO 4012 (US) . Butterfly / Fabulous










Live Performances

1952 Live recording - (Cotton Town Jubilee CD 2 (#30)) Rock The Joint
1957 Live recording - (Rollercoaster CD 1547 (#9) / Rollercoaster LP 2005 (#9) / Schoolkids CD 1547 (#9)) Butterfly [live vers.]
1957 Live recording - (Cotton Town Jubilee CD 2 (#29)) Fabulous [live vers. 1]
1957 Live recording - (Rollercoaster LP 2005 (#12) / Schoolkids CD 1547 (#12)) Fabulous [live vers. 2]
1957 Live recording - (Rollercoaster CD 1547 (#5) / Rollercoaster LP 2005 (#5) / Schoolkids CD 1547 (#5)) Flip, Flip & Fly
1957 Live recording - (Rollercoaster CD 1547 (#8) / Rollercoaster LP 2005 (#8) / Rollercoaster LP 2008 (#7) / Schoolkids CD 1547 (#8)) Guitar Boogie
1957 Live recording - (Rollercoaster CD 1547 (#7) / Rollercoaster LP 2005 (#7) / Schoolkids CD 1547 (#7)) Hound Dog
1957 Live recording - (Cotton Town Jubilee CD 2 (#27) / Rollercoaster CD 1547 (#11)) I Love You So Much It Hurts [live vers. 1]
1957 Live recording - (Rollercoaster LP 2005 (#11)
Bullet Schoolkids CD 1547 (#11))
I Love You So Much It Hurts [live vers. 2]
1957 Live recording - (Rollercoaster CD 1547 (#1) / Rollercoaster LP 2005 (#1) / Schoolkids CD 1547 (#1)) Ko Ko Mo
1957 Live recording - (Rollercoaster CD 1547 (#2) / Rollercoaster LP 2005 (#2) / Schoolkids CD 1547 (#2)) Long Tall Sally
1957 Live recording - (Rollercoaster CD 1547 (#10) / Rollercoaster LP 2005 (#10) / Schoolkids CD 1547 (#10)) Ninety-Nine Ways [live vers.]
1957 Live recording - (Rollercoaster CD 1547 (#6) / Rollercoaster LP 2005 (#6) / Schoolkids CD 1547 (#6)) Sway
1957 Live recording - (Rollercoaster CD 1547 (#3) / Rollercoaster LP 2005 (#3) / Schoolkids CD 1547 (#3)) Trying
1957 Live recording - (Cotton Town Jubilee CD 2 (#26) / Rollercoaster CD 1547 (#4)) Tutti Frutti [live vers. 1]
1957 Live recording - (Rollercoaster LP 2005 (#4) / Schoolkids CD 1547 (#4)) Tutti Frutti [live vers. 2]

Unissued Tracks

1953 20TH CENTURY unissued - (Collectables CD 5319 (#14) / Cotton Town Jubilee CD 2 (#16) / Krazy Kat LP 819 (#14) / Revival LP 0001 (#11) / Revival LP 3005 (#17) / Revival CD 3005 (#17) / TRG CD [G1] (#13) / [PARK?] CD 561 (#21)) Frankie And Johnny
19?? Unissued - (London LP 8513 (#14) / Revival LP 3005 (#15) / Revival CD 3005 (#15) / [PARK?] CD 561 (#6)) Baby You Changed
19?? Unissued - (Cotton Town Jubilee CD 2 (#31)) Butterfly [demo]
19?? Unissued - (Cotton Town Jubilee CD 2 (#28) / Rollercoaster CD 200 (#16)) Guitar Boogie
19?? Unissued - (Cotton Town Jubilee CD 2 (#15)) I'm So Glad It's You
19?? Unissued - (Cotton Town Jubilee CD 2 (#32)) Ninety-Nine Ways [demo]
19?? Unissued - (London LP 8513 (#12) / Revival LP 3005 (#13) / Revival CD 3005 (#13) / [PARK?] CD 561 (#5)) Plaything
19?? Unissued - (London LP 8513 (#15) / Revival LP 3005 (#16) / Revival CD 3005 (#16) / [PARK?] CD 561 (#16)) Snuggle Up Baby
19?? Unissued - (London LP 8513 (#13) / Revival LP 3005 (#14) / Revival CD 3005 (#14) / [PARK?] CD 561 (#11)) Tootsie
19?? Unissued Yea, Yea

Need Info

19?? Need info - (Cotton Town Jubilee CD 2 (#17)) Wanderin' Eyes [alt. vers.]

Albums

1978 LP 12"LONDON HAU 8513 (UK) CAMEO-PARKWAY SESSIONS - Butterfly / 99 Ways / Fabulous / Just Lookin' / I Love You So Much It Hurts / Wanderin' Eyes / (you Got) A Heart Like A Rock / Cool Baby / Crazy Girl / Dressin' Up / Love Bird / Trying / Plaything / Tootsie / Baby You Changed / Snuggle Up Baby / Walk With Me Girl / Tenderness / How Many Times / Remember You're Mine
09/1979 LP 12" REVIVAL LPC 001 (US) CHARLIE GRACIE'S EARLY RECORDING - I'm Gonna Sit Right Down And Write Myself A Letter / Boogie Boogie Blues / T'Aint No Sin In Rhythm / Say What You Mean / All Over Town / Rockin' And Rollin' / My Baby Love Me / Head Home Honey / Wildwood Boogie / Honey Honey / Frankie And Johnny
1980 LP 10" BIG BEAT BBR 0009 (F) ROCKIN' PHILADELPHIA - Heart Like A Rock / You Motest Girl / Too Much Monkey Business / Love Doll / Rockin' The Boogie / Little John's Gone / Fabulous / Train Down To Hell / Dirty Dog / My Baby Loves Me
1981 LP 12" BLACK JACK NRL 1940 (B) THE FABULOUS CHARLIE GRACIE - Fabulous / Rockabilly Rock / Wanderin' Eyes / Rockin' The Boogie / I'm Movin' On / Love Is Like A Butterfly / Butterfly / Rockin' Is Our Business / Train Down To Hell / Guitar Boogie / I Love You So Much It Hurts / Corner Shop Rock
02/1982 LP 12" CHARLY CR 30211 (UK) AMAZING GRACIE - All Change / Lightnin' Cross The Sky / It Must Be Love / I Get The Message / Charlie's Whim / Buddy's Song / Too Much Rock 'n' Roll Music / Jean, Jean, The Rocking Machine / Starlight, Starbright / Don't You Hurt My Baby / Blue Levi Jeans / Boogie Woogie Blues N° 2 / This Time I'm Falling In Love / I'm Gonna Love You
05/1983 LP 12" ROLLERCOASTER ROLL 2005 (UK) CHARLIE GRACIE LIVE AT THE STOCKTON GLOBE - AUGUST 26TH 1957 - Ko Ko Mo / Long Tall Sally / Trying / Tutti Frutti / Flip Flop And Fly / Sway / Hound Dog / Guitar Boogie / Butterfly / Ninety-Nine-Ways / I Love You So Much It Hurts / Fabulous
10/1988 LP 12" REVIVAL 3005 (UK) THE VERY BEST OF CHARLIE GRACIE - Butter Fly / Ninety-Nine Ways / Fabulous / Just Lookin' / I Love You So Much It Hurts / Wanderin' Eyes / A Heart Like A Rock / Cool Baby / Crazy Girl / I'm A Fool That's Why / Love Bird / Trying / Playting / Tootsie / Baby You Changed / Snuggle Up Baby / Frankie And Johnny / My Baby Loves Me / Dressin' Up / Angel Of Love
1990 LP 12" REVIVAL 3016 (UK) BOOGIE WOOGIE BLUES & OTHER RARITIES - Boogie Boogie Blues / T'Aint No Sin In Rhythm / Say What You Mean / All Over Town / Rockin And Rollin / Head Home Honey / Wildwood Boogie / Honey Honey / I'm Gonna Sit Right Down / Makin' Whoopee / Doodlegub / Hurry Up, Buttercup / Night And Day Usa / Pretty Baby / The Race / I Looked For You / Oh-Well-A / Because I Love You So / Walk With Me Girl / Tenderness / W-Wow
1991 LP 12" Yeob YEOB 003 (I) Rockin' Italy - Charlie Gracie And The Jumpin' Shoes - Had A Call / Medley: Dark Town Strutters Ball - Sheik Of Araby / Faboulous / Cotton Fields / Flip, Flop And Fly / Wanderin' Eyes / Sh - Boom / Caldonia / Heart Like A Rock / Baby You've Changed / I Love You So Much It Hurts Me / Lonesome Me / Honky Tonk / Butterfly / Medley: Just A Gigolò - I Ain't Got Nobody
1995 CD COTTON TOWN JUBILEE CTJCD2  (GER) IT'S FABULOUS - IT'S CHARLIE GRACIE - Honey Honey / (You Got) A Heart Like A Rock / Butterfly / Head Home Honey / Cool Baby / Ninty Nine Ways / I Love You So Much It Hurts Me / Just Lookin' / Wildwood Boogie / Wandering Eyes / Fabulous / My Baby Loves Me / Crazy Girl / Cool Baby (alternate take No.5) / I'm So Glad It's You / Frankie & Johnny / Wandering Eyes (alternate take No.13) / Boogie Woogie Blues / Rockin' 'n' Rollin' / Trying / Dressing Up / T'aint No Sin In Rhythm / All Over Town / Say What You Mean / I'm Gonna Sit RIght Down & Write Myself A Letter / Tutti Frutti (live) / I Love You So Much It Hurts (live) / Guitar Boogie (live) / Fabulous (live) / Rock The Joint (live) / Butterfly (original unreleased demo) / Ninty Nine Ways (original unreleased demo)
09/2001 CD LANARK 76 (US) I'M ALL RIGHT - Tootsie / I'm All Right / Let The Good Times Roll / Kaw-Liga / Little Too Soon To Tell / Lover Boy / Crying Over You / Gotta Travel On / I'm Gonna Love You / Still Nineteen / I'm Confessing / Go Man, Go / Times Are Changing / Get Back
04/2002 CD ROCK STAR 20 (UK) AN EVENING WITH CHARLIE GRACIE - AT SUSIE'S NEW STAR BAR - Introduction / Sh-Boom / Boogie Woogie Blues / Oh, Boy! / I'm In The Mood for Love / My Babe / Head Home Honey / Wanderin' Eyes / Medley : All Shook Up - Teddy Bear - Don't Be Cruel / Mama Look A Boo Boo / Medley : Blueberry Hill - Be-Bop-A-Lula / Chantilly Lace / Medley : Johnny B. Goodie - Too Much Monkey Business - Maybelin - Sweet Little Sixteen / Just a Gigolo - I Ain't Got Nobody / Medley : I Walk The Line - Folsom Prison Blues - Dang Me - Ring Of Fire - Old Tight / Butterfly / Fabulous / Holy Smoke [instr.] / Let The God Times Roll / White Sport Coat / Slippin' And Slidin' - Long Tall Sally / Ninety Nine Ways / What'd I Say / Shake, Rattle And Roll / Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin' On / Great Balls Of Fire / That'll Be The Day - Shake, Rattle And Roll / At The Hop - Rock 'n' Roll Is Here To Stay / Closing Dialogue / Butterfly (reprise)
12/2004 CD ROCKHOUSE ? (NL) ROCKIN' ITALY - Charlie GRACIE & The JUMPIN' SHOES - Had A Call / Medley : Dark Town Strutters Ball - Sheik Of Araby / Fabulous / Cotton Fields / Flip, Flop And Fly / Wanderin' Eyes / Sh-Boom / Caldonia / Heart Like A Rock / Baby You've Changed / I Love You So Much It Hurts Me / Lonesome Me / Butterfly / Medley : Just A Gigolo - I Aint Got Nobody / Head Home Honey
04/2006 CD RHYTHM BOMB 5632 (GER) JUST HANGIN' AROUND - Baby I Got You / When I Was A Young Man / Head Home Honey / Hey Watcha Gonna Do / You Can't Take It With You / High Heel Sneakers / Just Hangin' Around / Love What You Do / Oh Babe / Please Don't Leave Me / Rock-A-Beatin' Boogie / Taking A Trip To A Dreamland / Turn On The Heat / Just Hangin' Around
01/2007 CD RHYTHM BOMB 5637313149 (GER) Gracie Swings Again - A White Sport Coat / Flat Foot Floosy / Georgia On My Mind / Pennsylvania 6-5-0-0-0 / Anytime / A Big Bouquet Of Roses / My Blue Heaven / Dance With A Dolly / It All Depends On You / Jameica Farewell / Jambalaya / Mary Ann / Sentimental Journey / Party Doll
05/2008 CD GVC GVC 1001 (US) Cool Baby! - Boogie Woogie Blues / I'm Gonna Sit Right Down And Write Myself A Letter / All Over Town / Rockin' And Rollin / T'aint No Sin In Rhythm / Say What You Mean / My Baby Loves Me / Head Home Honey / Wilwood Boogie / Honey Honey / Frankie And Johnny / Butterfly / Ninety Nine Ways / Fabulous / Just Lookin / I Love You So Much It Hurts / Wanderin Eyes / Cool Baby / You Got A Heart Like A Rock / Plaything / Butterfly / Ninety Nine Ways / Wanderin Eyes / Cool Baby / Rock The Joint / Tutti Frutti / I Love You So Much It Hurts / Guitar Boogie / Fabulous / Cool Baby
11/2011 CD ABKCO 188822 (US) FOR THE LOVE OF CHARLIE GRACIE - All I Wanna Do Is Love You / My Hummingbird / Back To Philadelphia / Sweet Marie / And Now I Win / School Days / I Don't Know Why / Dance My Blues Away / On The Way To Cape May / Everybody Rockin' (Knockin' Themselves Out) / Rock 'n' Roll Heaven / Rock 'n' Roll Party

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