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Musician And Philadelphia Native Back On The Charts After More Than 50 Years

By Molly Daly

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) –Fifty-five years after he had a million-selling hit record, Philadelphia native Charlie Gracie is back on the charts. Gracie’s new song “Baby Doll” is the top-selling single in Philadelphia.

He’s known as Philly’s first rock star and was the subject of a documentary, and now Charlie Gracie has a hit single available on Amazon.

“Nationally, I understand it’s number 51 or 52 on the Billboard chart. My goodness, I never thought I’d live to see my name on the charts again,” says Gracie.

Click link below to listen to Molly Daly’s interview with Charlie Gracie…

It’s not as if Charlie Gracie ever went away. He’s been a working musician for 60 years, playing gigs locally and touring in Europe, where he plays to sell-out crowds. And this veteran musician says it never gets old.

“When I go to perform, I don’t care where it’s at, or how much they pay me, it’s like being on a honeymoon every time I get on stage. Like falling in love, over and over again, and I keep learning things. I mean, you never stop learning, especially on the guitar — it’s infinite.”

For more information on Charlie Gracie, click here.

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  • Bill Trousdale PMMBH

    Wonderful…So glad to hear a new generation can now begin to appreciate Charlie Gracie. Congrats to all the Pennsylania Talents who have contributed in this rediscovery. Show your support for PA talent, Buy his record and support his shows! No accidents in this world…All the best!
    Pennsylvania Museum of Music and Broadcast History salutes Charlie Gracie.

  • Steve O'Conner

    Charlie Gracie is a great talent and a consummate professional. My wife and I are never tired of going to see him play–whether its in some small cafe or restaurant or whether he’s rocking out at some large oldies concert with 500 people in the crowd! He put Philly on the map when it came to R&R and was the first hit artist on the CAMEO -PARKWAY label–paving the way for all the other Philly pop stars who came after him. His guitar-playing has been praised by the likes of the late George Harrison, Paul McCartney, Van Morrison and many others. Just got his new CD on ABKCO: FOR THE LOVE OF CHARLIE–produced by none other than AL KOOPER! Keep rockin’ Charlie

    • Bill Trousdale PMMBH

      Steve thanks for your post.

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