Good Rockin Charles Edwards - 'Don't Start Me Talkin' live 1976

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Good Rockin Charles Edwards backed by the amazing band 'The Aces' live at legendary Eddies Place* in 1976. Good Rockin' Charles is best-known for a solo he didn't play. Suffering from a bad case of studio fright, Charles chickened out of playing on guitarist Jimmy Rogers' 1956 Chess waxing of "Walking by Myself" -- leaving the door wide-open for Big Walter Horton to blow a galvanic solo that rates among his very best. Charles' domestic solo discography consists of one nice album for Steve Wisner's short-lived Mr. Blues logo in 1975. I don't make anything colourising and putting these videos together so please support the channel with the tip link here if you can its greatly appreciated! Good Rockin Charles Edwards: Vocals & Harmonica Dave Myers: Bass Louis Myers: Guitar Fred Below: Drums Good Rockin' Charles (March 4, 1933 – May 17, 1989) was an American Chicago blues and electric blues harmonicist, singer and songwriter. He released one album in his lifetime and is best known for his work with Johnny "Man" Young, Otis "Big Smokey" Smothers, Arthur "Big Boy" Spires and Jimmy Rogers. He was born Henry Lee Bester in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, and was later known as Charles Edwards. He relocated from his birthplace to Chicago, Illinois, in 1949, and was inspired by the harmonica players Sonny Boy Williamson I, Sonny Boy Williamson II and Little Walter. Inspired by both Sonny Boys and Little Walter, Charles Edwards began playing harp shortly after hitting Chicago in 1949. He played with a plethora of local luminaries -- Johnny Young, Lee Jackson, Arthur Spires, Smokey Smothers -- before joining Rogers's combo in 1955. Cobra Records also tried and failed to corral him for a session in 1957. In the following decade, Charles found steady work with the Chicago blues musicians Johnny "Man" Young, Otis "Big Smokey" Smothers and Arthur "Big Boy" Spires. In 1955 he was a member of the backing band for the blues singer Jimmy Rogers. Two years later, the short-lived independent record label Cobra Records offered Charles the opportunity to record his own work, but he turned it down. Because of his wariness of working in a recording studio, he had been replaced at the last minute as the harmonica player on Jimmy Rogers's recording of "Walking by Myself" (1956). The role fell to Big Walter Horton, who greatly enhanced his reputation by playing on the track. In 1975, Charles was persuaded to record his own album. Bassist Hayes Ware was instrumental in finally convincing the elusive Good Rockin' into a studio for Mr. Blues, where he shook the walls with revivals of classics by both Sonny Boys, Rogers, and Jay McShann. Unfortunately, it would prove the extent of the mysterious harpist's recorded legacy. The eponymous album was released by Mr. Blues Records in 1976, having been recorded the previous November. It was subsequently reissued by P-Vine Records. Charles also featured on the American Blues Legends '79 tour of Europe organised by Big Bear Records, and the album of the same name. Charles later suffered from ill health and was unable to record any significant further work. Charles died in Chicago in May 1989, aged 56. If any videos get blocked I tend to post them on my other social media platforms, so have a look if you don't want to miss anything! All links are here: *For a number of years Eddie Shaw operated the biggest blues club on the West Side (aswell as playing with Howlin Wolf, Magic Sam, Muddy Waters), Eddie’s Place (The New 1815 Club), which featured such top-notch blues acts as Wolf, Otis Rush, Jimmy Reed, Luther Allison, James Cotton, Mighty Joe Young and Little Johnny Taylor. #colourised #bluesincolour #blues #bluesmusic #bluesmusician #theaces #chicagoblues #chicago #70s #harmonica #harmonicablues #harmonicaplayer #bluesharmonica #blueslegend #blueslesson