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Charlie Feathers

Charlie Feathers was many things to many fans of rock and country music. To some, he was a superb country stylist who could take almost any piece of material and stamp it with the full force of his personality. To others, he was one of rockabilly's great pioneers, there at the dawn of Sun Records. And Feathers' stubborn insistence on combining elements of country, raw blues, and bluegrass to make his own version of the rockabilly experience showed him to be one of the genre's most original and enduring artists.

Feathers was born near Slayden, MS, with music all around the sharecropping community he grew up in. After day jobs in Illinois and Texas, Feathers moved to Memphis in 1950, working for a box manufacturer until a bout with spinal meningitis left him hospitalized. Listening to the radio there on a daily basis, he emerged from his stay determined to become a professional singer. By 1954, Feathers was working his way into the confines of Sam Phillips' Memphis Recording Service, with an eye toward getting something released on Sun Records. He filled in whenever and wherever he could, helping with arrangement ideas, even playing spoons on a Miller Sisters session. Demoing songs for steel guitarist Stan Kesler found him getting half credit on the Elvis Sun side "I Forgot to Remember to Forget." Phillips decided to start a local non-union label called Flip to test out new artists, and after pairing Feathers with country session songwriter-musicians Bill Cantrell and Quinton Claunch, released Charlie's first single on that label, the classic "Peepin' Eyes" coupled with "I've Been Deceived." The record kicked enough noise locally to get Feathers transferred to Sun for a second single, but the artist had bigger visions. Although Phillips saw him as "a superb country stylist," Feathers wanted to rock and cut many Sun demo sessions in that style. When Phillips turned a deaf ear to it all, Feathers' impatience led him to Memphis rival Meteor Records, where he waxed the two-sided rockabilly classic "Tongue-Tied Jill" and "Get With It." This single garnered enough Memphis airplay to cement him a deal with King Records, and it is here that the Charlie Feathers as rockabilly legend story begins in earnest. The dozen or so sides he cut as singles for King are the greatest '50s rockabilly tracks to escape the hegemony of the Sun studios, with "One Hand Loose," "Bottle to the Baby," "Everybody's Lovin' My Baby," and "I Can't Hardly Stand It" all becoming classics of the genre. Their territorial success got Feathers on numerous package tours and multiple appearances on Dallas' Big D Jamboree. When the King contract ran out, Feathers continued to record one-off singles of very high musical quality, for a variety of Memphis labels, while stubbornly playing his music for whatever local audience cared to listen.

When the rockabilly revival started up in Europe in the early '70s, Feathers became the first living artist up for deification by collectors. His old 45s suddenly became worth hundreds of dollars, and every interviewer wanted to know why he never really made it big and what his true involvement with Sun consisted of. Feathers embroidered the story with a skewed view of rock & roll history with each retelling, to be sure, but once he picked up his guitar and sang to reinforce his point, the truth came out in his music. Never mind why he didn't make it back in the '50s; he could still deliver the goods now.

With health problems plaguing him from his diabetes and a surgically removed lung, Feathers continued on his own irascible course, recording his first album for a major label in 1991 (Elektra's American Masters series) and continuing to perform and record for his wide European fan base. Truly an American music original, Feathers died August 29, 1998, of complications following a stroke; he was 66. ~ Cub Koda
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Selected Discography

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Track List: Charlie Feathers - The Extended Play Collection

1. Wild Wild Party

2. Peepin Eyes

3. Bottle To The Baby

4. I Forgot To Remember To Forget

5. Tongue Tied Jill

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Track List: Honky Tonk Kind: Rare And Unissued Recordings Vol. 2

1. One Good Gal

2. Give Me Back All The Love You Gave

3. Honky Tonk Kind

4. I Can't Seem To Remember To Forget

5. If You Were Mine To Lose

6. I Lose My Mind

7. Folsom Prison Blues

8. We're Getting Closer To Being Apart

9. You Believe Everyone But Me

10. I Want To Love You

11. Send Me The Pillow You Dream On

12. Cold Cold Heart

13. Dinky John

14. Two To Choose

15. Dig Myself A Hole

16. Feel Good Again

17. Charlie Feathers Interview Part Two

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Track List: Long Time Ago: Rare and Unissued Recordings Vol. 3

1. Jungle Fever

2. Frankie And Johnny

3. She's Gone

4. That's All Right

5. It's Just That Song

6. Why Don't You

7. Knoxville Girl

8. I Lose My Mind

9. Jungle Fever

10. Long Time Ago

11. I Want To Love You

12. Will You Be Satisfied That Way

13. Folsom Prison Blues

14. We're Getting Closer To Being Apart

15. South Of Chicago

16. Mound Of Clay

17. Lonesome Whistle

18. Charlie Feathers Interview Part Three

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Track List: Charlie Feathers' Wedding Gown Of White

1. Wedding Gown Of White - Original

2. We're Getting Closer To Being Apart - Original

3. So Ashamed - Alternate

4. Bottle To The Baby - Alternate

5. I Forgot To Remember To Forget - Original

6. Honky Tonk Kind - Alternate

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Track List: Charlie Feathers

1. A Man in Love

2. When You Come around

3. Pardon Me Mister

4. Fraulein

5. Defrost Your Heart

6. Mean Woman Blues

7. I Don't Care (If Tomorrow Never Comes)

8. Cootzie Coo

9. We Can't Seem to Remember to Forget

10. A Long Time Ago

11. Seasons of My Heart

12. Uh huh Honey

13. You're Right, I'm Left, She's Gone

14. Oklahoma Hills

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Track List: The Complete King Recordings

1. One Hand Loose

2. Can't Hardly Stand It

3. Bottle To The Baby

4. Everybody's Loving My Baby

5. Too Much Alike

6. When You Come Around

7. When You Decide

8. Nobody's Woman

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Track List: Get With It: Essential Recordings (1954-69)

Disc 1

1. I've Been Deceived

2. Peepin' Eyes

3. Someday You Will Pay

4. Defrost Your Heart

5. Wedding Gown Of White

6. Get With It

7. Tongue Tied Jill

8. One Hand Loose

9. Can't Hardly Stand It

10. Bottle To The Baby

11. Everybody's Lovin' My Baby

12. Too Much Alike

13. When You Come Around

14. When You Decide

15. Nobody's Woman

16. Jungle Fever

17. Why Don't You

18. Dinky John

19. South Of Chicago

Disc 2

1. Runnin' Around

2. So Ashamed

3. Honky Tonk Kind

4. Frankie & Johnny

5. Corrine, Corrina

7. The Man In Love

8. Johnny Come Listen

9. Talkin' 'Bout Lovin'

10. Early In The Morning

11. Don't Let Me Cross Over

12. Where's She At Tonight

13. Don't You Know

14. Wild Side Of Life

15. Release Me

16. Feel Good Again

17. Defrost Your Heart

18. I've Been Deceived

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Track List: Tip Top Daddy

1. This Lonesome Feeling

2. Talkin' 'Bout Lovin'

3. Live & Let Live

4. Bottle To The Baby

5. Have You Ever

6. Wide River

7. You Believe Everyone But Me #1

8. Don't You Worry Little Darlin'

9. Yesterday Is That Other Day In Life

10. Johnny Come Listen

11. Don't Let Me Cross Over

12. The Rules Of Love

13. Nobody Answered

14. Fireball Mail

15. You Believe Everyone But Me #2

16. Walkin' Alone

17. Darlin' Please Wait For Me

18. Early In The Morning

19. Crazy Heart

20. You Believe Everyone But Me #3

21. When You Decide

22. She Done Gone

23. Am I Losing What I Found

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mjmkr123
I knew Charlie in 1948 When he picked his guitar in his front yard in Atway Miss also he was a good friend of mine Sonny Smith





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Great singer. Country Elvis
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damonpmr
Rocknroll Nurse, that is confirmed as Charlie Feathers! But he looks an awful lot like Charlie Pride!!!
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Great song!!
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GOOD TUNE
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that is a picture of Charlie Rich,NOT CHARLIE FEATHERS!
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luv this music by this man...
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Charlie, tears it up, He got cheated somehow in America, Sam Phillips is to blame.. JK don't know, Feathers was real good
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Should be more famous...

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