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Jimmy Charles

Jimmy Charles, the singer with the crying style, was born in Patterson, NJ, in 1942. Before he sang professionally, he built up quite a local reputation wailing at churches and community functions. When Charles was 16, his uncle accompanied him to New York to try his luck at the amateur talent shows held at the Apollo. Lo and behold, Charles won the renowned contest for four consecutive weeks. Charles' uncle then hooked up his warbling kin with Phil Medley, a jack-of-all-trades who was an accomplished singer, songwriter, producer, and arranger. Impressed by the lad's delivery, Medley cut a demo with Charles singing a song Medley had been trying to place entitled "A Million to One." He got the ear of Bill Lashley, a honcho at Promo Records, and played it for him. Promo liked the demo and signed the youngster to a recording contract. They redid Medley's song with the Revellettes backing the singer. The dreamy ballad ascended to number five on Billboard's Top 100 in September of 1960. Sadly, his career ended as quickly as it started. "The Age of Love," Charles' next release, stalled at the 47th position, 42 slots lower than "A Million to One." Subsequent releases failed to attract much attention or airplay and his career was quickly over. ~ Andrew Hamilton
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Selected Discography

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Track List: Doo Wop: Vocal Group Greats

Disc 1

1. Come Back My Love

2. The Glory Of Love

3. Out Of Sight, Out Of Mind

4. Love Walked In

5. Twilight Time

6. Blue Velvet

7. The Wind

8. Work With Me Annie

9. My Memories Of You

10. Down On My Knees

11. The Letter

12. A Casual Look

13. Please Send Me Someone To Love

15. Count Every Star

16. Every Night (I Pray)

17. I Met Him On Sunday (Ronde-Ronde)

18. Bad Boy

19. Sixty-Minute Man

Disc 2

1. For Sentimental Reasons

2. The Girl I Love

3. I'm Not A Juvenile Delinquent

4. Smoke Gets In Your Eyes

5. Come Softly To Me

6. Chapel Of Dreams

7. Happy, Happy Birthday Baby

8. Don't You Just Know It

9. Little Bitty Pretty One

10. Down The Aisle Of Love

11. A Million To One

12. Once Upon A Time

13. Moonlight Cocktails

14. Deep Purple

15. At The Hop

16. Little Darlin'

17. Lonely Way

18. Sea Of Love

20. I Believe

Disc 3

1. A Wonderful Dream

2. Village Of Love

3. The Angels Listened In

4. It Happened Today

5. My Own True Love

6. Love Came To Me

7. Come On Little Angel

8. I Count The Tears

9. Let Me In

10. Smoky Places

12. This Magic Moment

13. Angel Baby

14. Who Put The Bomp (In The Bomp, Bomp, Bomp)

15. The Lion Sleeps Tonight

16. A Thousand Stars

17. You've Really Got A Hold On Me

18. Will You Love Me Tomorrow

19. You Were Mine

20. Forever

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Track List: The Golden Age Of American Rock 'N' Roll, Vol. 2

1. Memphis

3. You Belong To Me

4. Your Ma Said You Cried In Your Sleep Last Night

5. A Million To One

6. Rockin' In The Jungle

7. Wild Weekend

8. Stay

9. Down The Aisle Of Love

10. Mountain Of Love

12. Let The Little Girl Dance

13. There's A Moon Out Tonight

14. Get A Job

15. You

16. Buzz Buzz Buzz

17. I've Had It

18. I Know (You Don't Love Me No More)

19. Mister Lonely

20. In The Still Of The Night

21. Church Bells May Ring

22. That's LIfe (That's Tough)

23. Rumble

24. Let's Stomp

25. Oh Julie

26. Little Darlin'

27. Teen Beat

28. Diamonds And Pearls

29. Alley Oop

30. California Sun

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Reminds me of Dick Clark & American Bandstand { A million to One }
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csvjr1
saw him perform this song at saint Anthony's in easton, pa
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I love it to Vito Genovese
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Good artist and A Million To One is a
Great Song!!
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Great song,incredi b l e voice !!!!!!

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