Rediscovering Charlie Rich, Rock ‘N’ Roll’s Missing Link
Heard of Charlie Rich? He’s a country and R&B singer that time forgot, one of many 1960s savants who lost the series of battles with record labels that might’ve guaranteed him status as a household name. Joe Hagan describes Rich as “the definitive missing link between Elvis Presley and Ray Charles.” The enigmatic Rich’s soulful country sound made him a key influence for Tom Waits. But alcoholism and drug abuse brought about his withdrawal from music and his early death in 1995. Despite his talent, Rich never made it big, and so remains a mere shadow of 1960s and 70s Americana.
Source: Oxford American