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Charlie Musselwhite

harmonica virtuoso, singer, songwriter, bandleader, actor and Grand Ambassador of the Blues.

Charles ’Charlie’ Musselwhite was born January 31, 1944 in Kosciusko, Mississippi. At the age of three, the Musselwhite family moved to Memphis, Tennessee. During the mid-fifties Memphis became the birthplace of rock and roll music, and Sam Phillips recorded modern electrified blues, rockabilly, gospel, and country music in his tiny studio at 706 Union Avenue. Radio stations broadcasted the blues and rock and roll from Memphis to the world.

Young Charlie Musselwhite was infected by the blues virus and went on a search for musicians from the pre-war period such as Will Shade, Furry Lewis and Gus Cannon. The old men taught him the first tricks on the guitar, and Musselwhite acquired the nickname ’Memphis Charlie’. 

A few years later Musselwhite made his way to Chicago. On Highway 41, thousands of blacks had previously travelled in search of work in the factories and slaughterhouses of the North. During the early sixties, Chicago became the Mecca of modern electric blues. Here Charlie experienced in the clubs of Chicago's Southside all the famous Blues people from the heyday of the genre like Muddy Waters, Sonny Boy Williamson, Howlin’ Wolf, Walter Horton, Little Walter, and Junior Wells & Buddy Guy. He occasionally worked at the Jazz Record Mart owned and operated by Delmark Records’ founder Bob Koester. For a while he lived in the basement, where blues legend Big Joe Williams also lived.

Musselwhite, meanwhile a technically skilled harmonica player, hung out at Delmark Records or at the Jazz Record Mart and jammed with Big Joe Williams, playing for tips. In the evenings he was attracted to the blues clubs in the black ghettos of Chicago. During his early years in Chicago, he met John Lee Hooker and made friends with him. Hookler lived in Detroit, but often played in Chicago. Hooker served as best man at Musselwhite's third marriage. Gradually Musselwhite became well known around town.

At some point Musselwhite led his own band and recorded his first LP for the Vanguard label in 1966, Stand Back! Here Comes Charley Musselwhite's Southside Band. These were good days for white Chicago blues bands like Paul Butterfield's (with guitarist Michael Bloomfield) and 'Memphis Charlie's'. The success allowed him to move to California, the heart of the hippie movement and psychedelic rock music. Musselwhite quickly became a popular part of San Francisco's subculture. He played the Avalon Ballroom or the Fillmore with rock groups like the Jefferson Airplane or Quicksilver Messenger Service. While he was a little white boy in Chicago who loved, played and lived the blues, he became the star of a small blossoming blues scene in SF. Finally, he was able to persuade his friend John Lee Hooker to move to Northern California as well.

Charlie Musselwhite still lives in Northern California. He can look back on more than 50 years of history as a professional musician, has released about 30 albums, won the Blues Music Award of the Blues Foundation in Memphis countless times, was inducted into the 'Blues Music Hall of Fame' in 2010 and, after ten nominations, received a Grammy Award together with Ben Harper for the album 'Get Up!'

 

Charlie Musselwhite's tone and his performance are unique. His playing is extremely sensitive, balanced and innovative. His appearance is incredibly congenial, and his singing has gained in intensity, feeling and humor over the years.

Charlie has appeared on albums by such diverse musicians and bands as INXS, Tom Waits, Cyndi Lauper, the Blind Boys Of Alabama, Vassar Clements, Cat Stevens, and Bonnie Raitt. He has been honored with lifetime achievement awards. His open, friendly and human nature and elegant coolness have made him one of today's great ambassadors of the blues. 

Charlie Musselwhite celebrated his 75th birthday on 31 January 2019. He lives with his wife and manager Henrietta 'Henri' near Santa Rosa in California.– Detlev Hoegen, February 2019

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Tell Me Where Have All The Good Times Gone? Charlie Musselwhite: Tell Me Where Have All The Good Times Gone? Art-Nr.: CDBR103

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(1983/84 'Blue Rock'It) (40:02/10) featuring: ROBBEN FORD - guitar (ein / one bonus track)
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With Richard Bargel (2 tracks 10 inch) Charlie Musselwhite: With Richard Bargel (2 tracks 10 inch) Art-Nr.: MEYER202

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(2015/Meyer) 2 tracks. Recorded live at Altes Pfandhaus, Cologne, Germany, March 26, 2007. Charlie Musselwhite - hca/voc, Richard Bargel - dobro/gtr.
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Juke Joint Chapel Charlie Musselwhite: Juke Joint Chapel Art-Nr.: CDCM3

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2013 'Henrietta Records' - 70:28/12 Recorded live at the Juke Joint Chapel, Clarksdale, Mississippi, U.S.A., August 12, 2012. Charlie Musselwhite - hca/voc, Matt Stubbs - gtr, Mike Phillips - bass, June Core - drums One of the finest...
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Best Of The Vanguard Years Charlie Musselwhite: Best Of The Vanguard Years Art-Nr.: CD79556

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(1965-69 'Vanguard') (71:58/20)
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The Well Charlie Musselwhite: The Well Art-Nr.: CDAL4939

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He's back on Alligator! Charlie's new album was produced by Chris Goldsmith and recorded in Los Angeles. Here he's backed by a list of stellar players, led by his old friend Dave Gonzales from The Paladins. I like the relaxed feel, the...
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Delta Hardware MUSSELWHITE, Charlie: Delta Hardware Art-Nr.: CDRW138

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Re-issue. A straightforward blues album, recorded with his touring band. No tricks, no gimmicks. This great set reminds me of his early classic recordings. His supporters are hand-picked: June Core simply is one of the best drummers on...
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Stand Back (180 g Vinyl) Charlie Musselwhite: Stand Back (180 g Vinyl) Art-Nr.: VSD79232

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(1967 'Vanguard) Pure Pleasure Neuauflage / Re-issue.
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Sanctuary MUSSELWHITE, Charlie: Sanctuary Art-Nr.: CDRW117

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Re-issue of his great 2003 album. Musselwhite's an artist, and he's one of the most sympathetic 'ambassadors of the blues'. He never cared much about trends and fashions in blues, and he does not fit into any of the blues categories....
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The Harmonica According To Charlie Musselwhite: The Harmonica According To Art-Nr.: BPLP5016

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(1978 'Kicking Mule') Blind Pig
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Darkest Hour MUSSELWHITE, Charlie: Darkest Hour Art-Nr.: CDCM1

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2003 'Henrieta Records' - 46:31/15 The solo recordings of Charlie Musselwhite - In every respect, this is a sensational release. Never before we had the chance to experience Charlie in such an intimate environment. These all-acoustic...
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DeLuxe Edition Charlie Musselwhite: DeLuxe Edition Art-Nr.: CDAL5612

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(1990-94 'Alligator') (62:09/14) 'Best Of'-Zusammenstellung mit zwei Bonusstücken, wobei vor allem ein Titel herausragt: eine Amateuraufnahme von Will Shade und Charlie. Will Shade war einer der legendären Bluesleute aus der...
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One Night In America MUSSELWHITE, Charlie: One Night In America Art-Nr.: CD83547

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Charlie doesn't care about musical borders. 'Blues is a feeling and not confined to a theoretical musical structure', is what he says in his extensive liner notes. His new one takes us back to the city where he grew up, Memphis. You'll...
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The Blues Never Die MUSSELWHITE, Charlie: The Blues Never Die Art-Nr.: CD153/54

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(1964-93) (78:43/21) Eine Zusammenstellung, die einem der größten Bluesleute gewidmet ist! Das Album dokumentiert (labelübergreifend) die Karriere des C.M. von seinem Debut 1967 bis zum letzten 'Alligator'-Album. Leckerbissen sind jedoch...
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The Harmonica According To Charlie Musselwhite: The Harmonica According To Art-Nr.: CDBP5016

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(1978 'Kicking Mule') (40:11/13) Dokumentation der verschiedenen Bluesharp-Spielweisen, dreizehn Songs, Tonarten und Stile: Musselwhite demonstriert sein Können, ohne arrogant zu wirken
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Tennessee Woman Charlie Musselwhite: Tennessee Woman Art-Nr.: CD6528

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(1969 'Vanguard') (42:09/08) Die elfeinhalbminütige Fassung von 'Christo Redemptor' allein ist das Geld für die CD wert / The eleven minutes plus version of his trademark piece 'Christo Redemptor' alone is worth the money for this CD....
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In My Time Charlie Musselwhite: In My Time Art-Nr.: CDAL4818

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(1993 'Alligator') (62:45/16) Teils eine Rückkehr zu den Countryblues-Wurzeln, teils hat er sich einen Wunsch erfüllt, mal mit den besten Bluesleuten aus Los Angeles zusammenzuarbeiten. Wunderschöne, abwechslungsreich und virtuos / Going...
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Signature Charlie Musselwhite: Signature Art-Nr.: CDAL4801

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(1991 'Alligator') (46:59/10) Special guest: JOHN LEE HOOKER (beautiful song:'Cheatin'On Me')
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Memphis Charlie MUSSELWHITE, Charlie: Memphis Charlie Art-Nr.: CDARH303

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(1971/74 'Arhoolie') (65:06/14) Leider fehlen drei Titel der beiden Arhoolie-LPs. Ansonsten: guter Westcoast Harmonica Blues w/ ROBBEN FORD, SKIP ROSE, etc.
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Stone Blues Charlie Musselwhite: Stone Blues Art-Nr.: CD79287

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(1968 'Vanguard') (40:36/10) CHARLIE MUSSELWHITE - hca/voc, TIM KAIHATSU & LARRY WELKER - gtrs, CARL SEVEREID - bass, CLAY COTTON - piano, EDDIE HOH - drums.
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Stand Back! Charlie Musselwhite: Stand Back! Art-Nr.: CD79232

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Along with Butterfield, Gravenites, and Bloomfield he was visiting the bars and clubs on Chicago#s southside, and westsdie. This is his debut album. CHARLIE MUSSELWHITE - hca/voc, HARVEY MANDEL - gtr, BARRY GOLDBERG - organ, BOB ANDERSON...
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Ace Of Harps Charlie Musselwhite: Ace Of Harps Art-Nr.: CDAL4781

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(1989 'Alligator') (44:21/10) w/ ANDREW JONES - gtr, ARTIS JOYCE - bs, TOMMY HILL - dr
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