Hello Harmonica Lovers!
I’m going to be talking about one of the great harmonica players who is know for country harp but also plays a lot of different styles of harmonica in addition to that he also plays the guitar, Bass and trumpet his name is “Charlie McCoy” who was born Charles Ray “Charlie” McCoy on March 28 1941′ and is still performing today.
Early in Charlie McCoy’s childhood he lived in Miami, Florida with his family his mother bought him a harmonica for a gift for 50 cents Charlie started playing it at age 8 along with the guitar, Bass and trumpet he went on to pursue a career in music.
Charlie McCoy’s first band was a rock band he played guitar and sang the name of the band was”Charlie McCoy and the Agendas.” When he was 16 years old a friend of his and him went to a Country barn dance radio show called the “Old South Jamboree” in Miami, Florida Charlie’s friend talked to the host of the show about Charlie McCoy performing that night which he did and it went so well Charlie and his rock band got signed to the “Old South Jamboree” the band then went on to enter a rock n roll contest and ended up coming in first place. When Charlie was 18 years old Mel Tillis invited him to Nashville Tennessee in 1959 to future his career he went to recording companies and producers to promote his music but came up empty handed.
Charlie was devastated when he didn’t get a recording contract in Nashville so he went back to Miami, Florida an enrolled at Miami University and pursued music education as his major and decided to become a music teacher while he was still performing at the “Old South Jamboree.” Charlie McCoy still wanted to pursue a career in music so he went to work as a drummer for the John Ferguson band he had go out and buy a drum set to join them the band didn’t last long and before to long he found himself unemployed for a month until he joined the Stonewall Jackson band as a drummer.
Charlie received a call from “Jim Denney” a booking agent and told him that Cadence Records had listen to his tape and wanted to sign him Charlie was ecstatic when he heard that Charlies’s first single was cut “Cherry Berry Wine” it reached 99 on the Billboard charts in Nashville. Jim Denny told Charlie to keep playing the harmonica and do demo sessions.
In 1961 “Chet Atkins” heard Charlies MCcoy’s demo tape and hired him right away. Charlie’s first recorded harmonica song was “I Just Don’t Understand” by Ann Margret for RCA records then another lable heard about Charlie McCoy’s harmonica playing and he played harmonica for the “Roy Orbison band” on the song “Cand Man” it was a million dollar seller Charlie became very ppopular as a studio harmonica player and his album “Good Time Charlie” was No. 1 on the Billboard country charts in 1970’s.
Charlie McCoy did over 400 studio sessions a year he also won 2 CMA Awards and 7 ACM Awards. Charlie went on to play for other acts such as Johnny Cash, Steve Miller band, Perry Como, Joan Baez, Elvis Presley, Ringo Starr and more.
Have you ever seen Charlie McCoy?
Have you ever heard Charlie McCoy?
Did you know that Charlie played more than the harmonica?
Have you ever heard Orange Blossom Special by Charlie McCoy?
Did you know that he plays 2 harmonicas on the song Orange blossom Special?
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