American country singer (1932-1995)
Charlie Rich, known as "The Silver Fox," was a smooth country singer who had several major cross-over hits in the early 1970s with "Behind Closed Doors" and "The Most Beautiful Girl." In 1973 he won the Country Music Academy awards for Male Vocalist of the Year, Album of the Year, and Single of the Year, as well as receiving a Grammy for Best Country Vocal Performance. In 1974 he was the CMA Entertainer of the Year, and in 1975 he won a Golden Globe for the song "I Feel Love" from the movie Benji. He was a session musician at Sun Records beginning in the late 1950s, where he penned songs for Johnny Cash and Jerry Lee Lewis. He is also remembered for the 1965 novelty song "Mohair Sam." Although his solo career was somewhat inconsistent, he managed to rack up more than four #1 country hits and eight Top 25 pop hits.
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