Instruments: Vocals, Songwriter
Date of Birth: 1934
Place of Birth: Greensboro, North Carolina
Home: Mobile, Alabama

Charlie Fox, songwriter, producer and singer who hit the charts during the 1960s and 1970s with tunes including his signature song, "Mockingbird," was a native of Greensboro, NC. He made his home in Mobile, AL from 1969 until his death in 1998.

He and his sister, Inez, were one of the first R&B acts to tour European clubs in the 60s, and were so popular on their visit that they were invited back just a few months later to join a Rolling Stones tour. The duo even jammed with Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr of Beatles fame.

The duo's hit "Mockingbird" hit the top 10 on Billboard music chart in June 1963. The record also went to the No. 1 spot in the 1970s when remade by Carly Simon and James Taylor. The duo scored follow-up hits such as "Hurt By Love," "I Stand Accused," "No Stranger To Love," and "(1-2-3-4-5-6-7) Count The Days." They toured with Sam Cooke, Marvin Gaye, Otis Redding And Stevie Wonder. At one point, their backup band was a group of Alabama youths who went on to find fame of their own as the Commodores.

Fox garnered a Grammy nomination as songwriter in 1970 for "Mockingbird." As a producer and writer for Musicor Records of New York, he turned out numerous hit tunes during the 1960s and 70s, and received numerous awards and citations during his musical career.

In 1996, he was inducted into the Rhythm & Blues Hall of Fame.

Source: Alabama Music Hall of Fame



LOS ANGELES (KABC) -- The Songs of Our Lives Benefit Concert is a charity event getting bigger every year. When it started just three years ago, it was in someone's living room. Monday night it was held at the Wadsworth Theatre.

Paul Reiser played host for The Songs of Our Lives, Volume 3. The event raises money for the Fulfillment Fund, which is dedicated to helping low-income students graduate high school and get into college.

"It's helping students who would never have an opportunity. So it's really life-giving in that sense. So I call friends," said Charles Fox, songwriter and event producer.

Charles Fox, who wrote "Killing Me Softly," created the idea and his pals jumped on board.

"It's songwriters doing their own songs and we're helping high school students succeed in college," said actress-singer Ilene Graff. "It's like perfect!"

"All songwriters want to sing their own songs and it's great to hear them do it," said singer-songwriter Mac Davis. "I don't care how old they are or how young they are, it's great to hear a guy sing his own song."

Stephen Bishop volunteered his time and talent. So did Neil Sedaka.

"I was given a gift and it's wonderful to give the gift back to the audience, the charities, wherever I can be of help," said Sedaka."I mean, that's what art is supposed to do. It's supposed to give back and make people feel good," said singer-songwriter Steve Tyrell.

Maybe that's why so many people chose to be in the audience, or on stage.

"For a kid who never saw high school to be able to perform to make sure that our future generations, our youngsters, find the right education and have a chance in life, that's the marker of all markers, really," said singer Tony Orlando.

Orlando, by the way, is celebrating 50 years in show business.




.....In October 1986, Manilow, along with Bruce Sussman, Tom Scott, and Charlie Fox, went to Washington, D.C. for two days of meetings with legislators, including lunch with then Senator Al Gore (D-TN).[21] They were there to lobby against a copyright bill put forward by local television broadcasters that would mandate songwriter-producer source licensing of theme and incidental music on syndicated television show reruns and would disallow use of the blanket license now in effect. The songwriters said without the blanket license, artists would have to negotiate up front with producers individually, without knowing if a series would be a success. The license now pays according to a per-use formula. Manilow said that such a bill would act as a precedent for broadcasters to get rid of the blanket license entirely.[22].....

[22]^ Manilow: Bill Would Spell Disaster – Star Reacts To Source Licensing Moves, Billboard, October 11, 1986



"Killing Me Softly with His Song" is a 1971 song composed by Charles Fox and Norman Gimbel. The song was inspired by a poem by Lori Lieberman, "Killing Me Softly with His Blues", which she wrote after seeing a then-unknown Don McLean perform the song "Empty Chairs" live. [1] Don McLean does not wear his glasses when performing, thus the line "he looked right through me as if I wasn't there".....


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