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Posted: Jan 14, 2010 12:56 pm
 
My mom called and told me about an hour ago. He died this morning. A good friend to the family & a great songwriter. It was special, to me, knowing you since a kiddo. See you later, alligator. After while, crocodile.
Posted: Jan 14, 2010 1:06 pm
 
i loved his "comeback" secrets LP but that danko collab on bearsville in the 70's is a great great record

rip
Posted: Jan 14, 2010 3:01 pm
 
damn. RIP. i think that's the s/t one i have. I do believe i will rock it tonite
Posted: Jan 14, 2010 3:20 pm
 
Posted: Jan 14, 2010 5:13 pm
 
WTF first Willite Mitchell, Jay Reatard, Teddy Pendergrass and now Bobby. 2010 is not been nice to the music world so far.
Posted: Jan 14, 2010 11:18 pm
 
I've got no time for talking
I've got to keep on walking
New Orleans is my home
That's the reason why I'm going
Yes I'm walking to New Orleans
Posted: Jan 15, 2010 4:07 am
 
his eponymous album on Bearsville from 1972 is a personal household favorite! (especially when doing the dishes)

here's a good review from AMG:

Review by Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Hooking up with the Band, specifically Rick Danko and their producer John Simon, was one of the smartest moves Bobby Charles ever made. His subsequent eponymous album on Bearsville not only gave him a bigger audience, but led to the perfect production for his sly, subtle blend of New Orleans R&B, rock & roll, and country. Partially, that's because the production is fuller, richer than his sides for Chess, Jewel, and Paula, boasting not just some grit, but a sweetness on ballads like "I Must Be in a Good Place Now," a tune every bit as good as those from the singer/songwriters who dominated the charts in 1972. This gives the album an earthier quality than anything else he recorded; it also makes the album feel like a perfect companion piece to other roots rock albums from the time like, of course, the Band. Still, there's a special charm to this record, largely because while it sounds contemporary, it retains Charles' mellow vibe and his sharp songwriting. The songs come on slow "Street People," "He's Got All the Whiskey," and "Small Town Talk" all slowly unwind but the slow build is friendly, welcoming you into the song. This isn't lazy music, but it takes its time and it's better for it; it's perfect music for a hot summer afternoon. It's a true hidden gem of blue-eyed soul, Southern R&B, and early '70s roots rock (and early-'70s singer/songwriterism, for that matter).
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