Personalities | Charlie Rich | Mainstream Country

(Vocals, piano, 1932–95)

Arkansas-born Rich won his greatest success as a country crossover act in the first half of the 1970s, topping both US country and pop charts with 1973’s million-selling ‘The Most Beautiful Girl’. This was actually his second million-seller that year – ‘Behind Closed Doors’ had reached the US pop Top 20, and was CMA Single Of The Year. Both singles were also UK Top 20 hits. Rich, who recorded for Sun in the mid-1950s, was well-versed in blues, jazz and rockabilly.

Styles & Forms | Mainstream Country
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Source: The Definitive Illustrated Encyclopedia of Country Music, consultant editor Bob Allen


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