1979 saw the release of Blue Skies , Charlie Fawn's first single for Warner Bros / Hansa, a song which whilst rocking along with the energy of punk / new wave took a more melodic approach. There were high hopes of great success at Warners in Soho, London and at Hansa in Bruton St. W1. With a Mike Mansfield video made and personal appearances round the UK, all looked set for the charts. However, due to over-zealous promotion by the record company, the single was unceremoniously dispatched to the bargain bins amid great disappointment.

Follow-up single Hothead Handshake Tremble was a wonderful Northern Soul / Mod influenced pop record. It received very favourable reviews and looked like going all the way, but yet again due to, this time, failure to air on Juke Box Jury, which didn't appear on the TV that week, the single quickly lost impetus and disappeared! A third single soon followed Always Something There to Remind Me with a Radio 1 session for the Andy Peebles Show. Once more, forces beyond Charlie's control saw to it that the record didn't happen. Another single, One in Three was released on ATCO in the USA to warm reviews including the New York Rocker and Billboard. If only...

Charlie had come to the attention of Ray Williams (Gas Songs / Heath Levy Music) after a talent search with Peter Meisel of Hansa Productions. Prior to this, he had released one single in 1978 on Anchor Records with the band Battersea (this was a different version of Always Something) produced by Pete Gage, ex.Vinegar Joe. In the preceding years Charlie had toured extensively with Mal Gray ex. Wild Angels and Sha Na Na, supporting both Fats Domino and Bill Haley. He once appeared with Chuck Berry at a riotous gig in Paris playing piano.

At the same time as the Warners / Hansa singles, an eponymous LP was made, produced by Tom McGuinness (ex. Manfred Mann, McGuinness Flint, and now guitarist in The Blues Band) and Lou Stonebridge. Engineered by Richard Dodd, puzzlement remains to this day as to why the LP wasn't promoted and received virtually no recognition. The extraordinary thing is that today the LP is a coveted and much-praised album amongst fans of power pop / New Wave. Vinyl collectors across the world buy and sell Charlie's singles and LP now, which is at last some vindication of their quality.

During the 1980's Charlie briefly worked in an innovative band called Walk the Circle playing the London club scene and receiving much positive interest. Unfortunately personal circumstances at the time saw the band fall apart, despite so much promise. Based in South East London, Charlie continues to create highly individual and characterful music. His latest work integrates elements of blues, country blues, country rock and pop.

 

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