Charles Bobby

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  • Charles Bobby - Alligators, Sprockets & Bended Knees (2CD) (CD)


    Although he remains perhaps best known for ’See You Later Alligator’, a worldwide hit for Bill Haley & His Comets, Louisiana-born singer/songwriter BOBBY CHARLES penned several other R&R/R&B classics.

    He also enjoyed a parallel recording career in the 50s, during the course of which he registered national R&B hits like ’Later Alligator’ and ’Time Will Tell’, and regional successes like ’Why Did You Leave’, ’Take It Easy, Greasy’, and ’Laura Lee’.

    These sides are included on this compilation, which anthologises his early recording career, comprising everything that Bobby recorded for Chess and Imperial between 1955-62.

    Also included, by way of ’bonus tracks’, are well-known covers of eight of his songs, by Bill Haley, Fats Domino, John Fred, Clarence ’Frogman’ Henry and Johnnie Allan, all of which were significant hits.

    This is the most comprehensive collection of Bobby Charles’ early career currently available.

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  • Charles Bobby - See You Later, Alligator (CD)


     Bobby Charles’ recent death marked the passing of a New Orleans legend!

     Bear Family salutes a true originator with a complete edition of his Chess recordings

     Includes his original hit recordings of See You Later, Alligator and Don’t You Know I Love You (You Know

    I Love You) – a song featured in ’Forrest Gump’.

     Includes rare photos and notes by New Orleans music journalist Rick Coleman.


    Bobby Charles was a true original. A white Cajun kid who unaffectedly sang R&B. And a gifted songwriter who couldn’t read or

    write music or even play an instrument. After a club date one night, he wrote See You Later, Alligator and a record store owner

    played it for Len Chess at Chess Records. Chess signed him thinking he was black. Although Bill Haley covered Alligator and

    scored a bigger hit with it, Alligator launched a long recording career for Bobby Charles that also included the original version

    of a song that became a big hit for Clarence Frogman Henry, Don’t You Know I Love You (You Know I Love You), a song later

    featured in the hit Tom Hanks movie ’Forrest Gump’.

    For the first time, Bear Family has collected all of Bobby Charles’s Chess recordings. Alongside his hits, there’s one New Orleans

    classic after another (I’m A Fool To Care …later a hit for Joe Barry, and On Bended Knee, to name just two!)

    This set is a fitting tribute to one of the unsung heroes of New Orleans music. And speaking of that, Bobby Charles also wrote

    Fats Domino’s classic Walkin’ To New Orleans. Bobby Charles… gone but by no means forgotten.

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