"World Premiere of his One Man Show: Hidden Giant"
Charlie Gracie is one of a diminishing number of rock & roll innovators. A native of South Philadelphia, he became the first successful recording star of the "Rock Era" to emerge from that neighborhood. In 1957, Charlie's "Butterfly" topped the American and British music charts, selling over 3 million copies. His other late 50's big sellers include: "Fabulous", "Ninety-Nine Ways", "Wanderin Eyes", "I Love You So Much It Hurts" and "Cool Baby." These hits bankrolled Philly's famous Cameo-Parkway record label. At the height of his fame, Charlie frequently appeared on "Dick Clark's American Bandstand", "The Ed Sullivan Show", and "Alan Freed's TV Specials". He headlined shows at the Brooklyn Paramount, the Casino Royale in Washington, the 500 Club in Atlantic City, the Opera House in Chicago and old Connie Mack Stadium in Philadelphia.
Charlie's star burned even brighter in Great Britain where he became the first solo American artist to bring rock & roll to the English concert stage. Precededonly by Bill Haley and the Comets, Charlie headlined London's Palladium and Hippodrome--receiving outstanding receptions from the press and public.
His superb guitar playing elicited the highest of praise from music legends like George Harrison. The late Beatle once referred to Charlie's guitar technique as "brilliant" in a March 1996 interview with Billboard Magazine. Paul McCartney paid tribute to Charlie by recording an updated version of "Fabulous" in cd series entitled: "Run Devil Run".
In 2012 Charlie was the subject of amade for PBS-TV documentary: "Fabulous!" The program recounted the story of his influential career- from humble beginnings in his South Philadelphia row home to concert stages around the world! In the fall of 2011, ABKCO Records released his latest CD: "FOR THE LOVE OF CHARLIE!" produced by Al Kooper, who has recorded and produced the likes of Bob Dylan, the Rolling Stones and Jimi Hendrix. Among the artists performing with Charlie on the CD are: Graham Nash, (Crosby, Stills Nash & Young), Peter Noone (Herman's Hermits), Jimmy Vivino (guitarist & music director; Conan O'Brien Show), Craig Ross (keyboards; Lenny Kravitz) and Dennis Diken (drummer; Smithereens).
The year 2014 saw the release of his long awaited biography "Hidden Giant: The Story of Rock Pioneer Charlie Gracie". The book received critical acclaim, even Paul McCartney gave it a stellar endorsement.
A member of the Rockabilly Hall of Fame and the Philadelphia Music Hall of Fame. Charlie shows no signs of slowing down. He still plays to packed houses all around the world.