Charlie was born in a town called Champmansville, West Virginia.
They say he began strumming a guitar before he could walk.
When he was just 14 years old, he appeared on radio station
WLOG in Logan, West Virginia and started his entertaining career.
He was an entertainer who played for his fans and determined that
he would play just what they wanted to hear.
He gained quite a bit of experience singing and entertaining over
various West Virginia radio stations during summer vacations. He was
determined to be more than just the average radio performer.
He graduated from high school in 1948 and joined a group called "The
Rangers" and for a time they were airing over WFRD in Worthington,
Ohio before later joining the 50,000 watt clear channel WLW in
Cincinnati, Ohio in 1950. Charlie was the lead vocalist for the group
and when they began to play over WLW, he had attained one of his
first goals as an entertainer.
For three years, he was with The Rangers on WLW, but station
management could see his rising popularity and decided it was time to
make him a solo act.
He also wrote a few songs including tunes like, "If God Can Forgive You,
So Can I", "The Moon Won't Tell", "Tomorrow I'll Find Somebody".
Along about mid-1953, he was
recording for the King record label and also a star
on Cincinnati's WLW Midwestern Hayride show. Some recordings included
"Till I Waltz Again With You", a duet with Ruby Wright. In January
of 1953, he waxed "The Moon WOn't Tell", his own song and on the flipl
side they put his "If God Can Forgive You So Can I".
He married one Gloria Ann Turner, a gal from his home town. They had
a son, named Jerry Lee who was born on November 3, 1950.
Credits & Sources
- Cowboy Songs No. 27 (July 1953); American Folk Publications,
Inc.; Derby, CT.