Charlie Gracie

Born May 14, 1936

Charlie Gracie is an American rock pioneer and singer. His father encouraged him to play the guitar. Gracie's musical career started at the age of 14 when he appeared on the Paul Whiteman television show.

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Learn about the memorable moments in the evolution of Charlie Gracie.


1936 Birth Born in 1936.


1952 16 Years Old After cutting two more singles for Cadillac, including one called "Rockin´ ´n´ Rollin´" in 1952, Charlie moved on to 20th Century Records, where he put out another four sides. The discs he made embraced a wide variety of styles: jump blues, gospel, and country boogie with the influences of Big Joe Turner, B.B. King, Louis Jordan, Roy Acuff, and Hank Williams. By 1956, Philadelphia had given birth to the new Cameo record label. … Read More


1957 21 Years Old 1 More Event
…  He appeared in the 1957 film Jamboree and toured with Chuck Berry, The Everly Brothers, Bo Diddley and his close friend Eddie Cochran.


1996 60 Years Old 1 More Event
George Harrison referred to Gracie's guitar technique as 'brilliant' in a March 1996 interview with Billboard; Paul McCartney invited Gracie to the premiere party of his 1999 release which paid tribute to the early pioneers of rock music. … Read More
2000 64 Years Old Gracie invited Jones and Ferrara to back him when Van Morrison commissioned Gracie to open his 2000 West Coast tour. … Read More
2007 71 Years Old In 2007, a documentary film about Charlie Gracie, Fabulous, was aired on PBS stations.
2008 72 Years Old In January 2008, he played a gig with an aspiring rock and roll piano player, Sean Gale. … Read More
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