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Bobby Charles (1997)

Interview by Holger Petersen, Rock's Backpages audio, 23 May 1997

The great New Orleans songwriter talks about writing for Fats Domino; about his time in Woodstock with Muddy Waters, Paul Butterfield, Albert Grossman and others; and about such classics as 'See You Later Alligator', 'But I Do' and 'Jealous Kind'.

File format: mp3; file size: 14.2mb, interview length: 15' 28" sound quality: *****

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Shannon McNally: Small Town Talk (Sacred Sumac Music)

Review by Bill Wasserzieher, Blues Revue, Summer 2013

SHANNON MCNALLY'S new release, Small Town Talk, might more rightly be titled The Songs of Bobby Charles, a line that does appear on the album ...

Paul Butterfield's Better Days: Better Days (Bearsville/Polydor)/Bobby Charles: Bobby Charles (Bearsville/Polydor)

Review by Bob Fisher, International Times, 17 May 1973

A COUPLE OF years ago an excellent little gangster movie from the States was doing the circuit, called The Grissom Gang. Now rock has come ...

Bobby Charles: Bobby Charles (Bearsville)

Review by Charlie Gillett, Rolling Stone, 23 November 1972

BOBBY MADE THIS RECORD lying flat on his back, with his eyes closed and his dog licking his feet. He was tired, it had been ...

Bobby Charles: Wish You Were Here

Sleeve notes by Colin Escott, Stony Plain Records, 2001

IT'S BOBBY CHARLES'S personal preference to maintain a low profile. He has famous friends who get twitchy when they're out of the limelight for ...

The Story of Bobby Charles and Bearsville

Retrospective and Interview by Colin Escott, Stony Plain Records, September 1994

BOBBY CHARLES IS one of the great Louisiana records, and there have been a few. It doesn't matter that it was recorded in upstate New ...

Bobby Charles obituary

Obituary by Dave Laing, The Guardian, 15 January 2010

THE ROCK'N'ROLL CLASSICS 'See You Later, Alligator' and 'Walking to New Orleans' are among the compositions of the Louisiana-born singer-songwriter Bobby Charles, who has died aged ...

Bobby Charles (1997) [transcript]

Audio transcript of interview by Holger Petersen, Rock's Backpages transcripts, 23 May 1997

This is a transcript of Holger's audio interview with Bobby. Listen to the audio of this interview. ...

Bobby Charles, the Inventor of Swamp Pop and Songwriter Supreme

Obituary by John Broven, Now Dig This, February 2010

WITH ROCK 'N' roll exploding in austerity-ridden England in the mid-1950s, there was one hip phrase that stood out from the rest: "See you later ...

'See You Later Alligator': Bobby Charles and the Birth of Rock 'n' Roll in South Louisiana, with Harry Simoneaux

Retrospective and Interview by John Broven, Now Dig This, July 2010

WHEN BOBBY Charles recorded 'Later Alligator' for Chess at Cosimo Matassa's J. & M. Studio in New Orleans in autumn 1955, he was not only ...

Small Town Talk: Shannon McNally's tribute to Bobby Charles

Report and Interview by John Swenson, Oxford American, 2 July 2013

DURING A VISIT to New Orleans twelve years ago, Shannon McNally, a talented young vocalist from New York with a critically acclaimed pop debut to ...

Bobby Charles: Bobby Charles

Review and Interview by Luke Torn, Uncut, 12 May 2014

Swamp-pop goes Woodstock: Louisiana legend's rarely heard '72 masterpiece with The Band... ...

Bobby Charles' Bobby Charles

Retrospective and Interview by Rob Hughes, Uncut, April 2004

BY THE TIME he got to Woodstock in 1971, Robert Charles Guidry was a wanted man. ...

Bobby Charles: Bobby Charles (Bearsville, EMI import)

Review by Roger St. Pierre, New Musical Express, 17 February 1973

IT'S BECOMING increasingly fashionable for session musicians to produce albums which highlight their own talents, and to employ on them the people who in turn ...

The Band's "Last Waltz": Winterland, San Francisco CA

Live Review by Stephen M H Braitman, Phonograph Record, December 1976

WHEN THE announcement came, 5,000 tickets at $25 each were sold out almost immediately. This was the final show, "The Last Waltz." The Band — ...


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