Charles Singleton

Charles Singleton

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Charles Fowler Singleton
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US-American songwriter from Jacksonville, (b. September 17, 1913 – d. December 12, 1985) best known by the moniker “Charlie Hoss," and who is best remembered for his lyrics to "Strangers in the Night," sung by Frank Sinatra. "Strangers..." became a number-one hit and revitalized Frank Sinatra's career in 1966. He co-wrote the song with Eddie Snyder, who adapted it from a melody by German bandleader Bert Kaempfert. He received six Grammy Awards for the song. Singleton's other major success was the pop standard "Spanish Eyes," another team effort with Kaempfert and Snyder. His friend Nat King Cole also recorded Singleton songs, including "If I May," "Just As Much As Ever," and "Again." Charles passed away in 1985, after producing a score of platinum albums.

From an early age, Charlie sang, danced, produced shows, and wrote music and lyrics. He attended local schools and graduated from Stanton High School class of 1935. The young Singleton was well known for his local musical extravaganza, April Frolics, which was staged at various nightspots in LaVilla. By December 1950, Charlie was off to New York City with a portfolio of lyrics. Right away Decca Records hired him. He scored five songs on the Top 10 Charts at the same time, and successful sales were accomplished as well with Elvis Presley’s recording of Singleton’s "Spanish Eyes." The Jacksonville singer-songwriter wrote other songs, including “Mama He Treats Your Daughter Mean” for Ruth Brown. Among the other artists who recorded his songs were Johnny Mathis, Bill Haley, Wayne Newton, Andy Williams, Pat Boone, Ella Fitzgerald, Peggy Lee, and The Beatles. "Strangers in the Night" was also selected as one of the Songs of the Century by the Recording Industry of America Association (RIAA) and the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA). Two of his songs ("Strangers" and "Spanish Eyes") were selected by Broadcast Music Incorporated (BMI) as one of the Top 100 Songs of the Century.

In an 1984 interview, Singleton mentioned that he had written an autobiography titled "From Broad Street to Broadway," which he was trying to get published. The book described the jazz era and the black music culture that flourished in the 1920s, 30s and 40s on Ashley Street between Jefferson and Broad streets in Jacksonville. Never published, the manuscript apparently vanished when he passed away in 1985.
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Charles Singleton Discography Tracks

Writing & Arrangement

Damita Jo I Don't Care (as Charlie Singleton) Damita Jo - I'd Do It Again (Single) RCA Victor US 1952 Sell This Version
82657 Ella Fitzgerald Ding Dong Boogie Ella Fitzgerald - Air Mail Special / Ding Dong Boogie(Shellac, 10") Brunswick 82657 Germany 1952 Sell This Version
4535 Moose Jackson And His Buffalo Bearcats* (Let Me Love You) All Night Long (as Singleton) Moose Jackson And His Buffalo Bearcats* - Bootsie / (Let Me Love You) All Night Long(10", Single) King Records (3) 4535 US 1952 Sell This Version
The Clovers The Feeling Is So Good (as Singleton) The Clovers - Comin' On / The Feeling Is So Good (Single) Atlantic US 1953 Sell This Version
9-61019 Eileen Barton I Ain't Gonna Do It (I Ain't Gonna Fall In Love) Eileen Barton - Toys / I Ain't Gonna Do It(7") Coral 9-61019 US 1953 Sell This Version
22 052 Helmut Zacharias Mit Seiner Tanzbesetzung* Ding-Dong-Boogie (as Singleton) Helmut Zacharias Mit Seiner Tanzbesetzung* - Ding-Dong-Boogie / April In Portugal(7", Mono) Polydor 22 052 Germany 1953 Sell This Version
Ruth Brown And Her Rhythmakers Mambo Baby (as Singleton) Ruth Brown And Her Rhythmakers - Mambo Baby / Somebody Touched Me (Single) Atlantic US 1954 Sell This Version
Rose Marie McCoy Dippin' In My Business (as Singleton) and 1 more… Rose Marie McCoy - Dippin' In My Business / Down Here Cat Records (2) US 1954 Sell This Version
Gary Crosby (2) And The Cheer Leaders Got My Eyes On You Gary Crosby (2) And The Cheer Leaders - Mambo In The Moonlight Decca US 1954 Sell This Version
Peggy Saunders Peggy Saunders - Things Done In The Dark (Are Bound To Come To Light) / Don't Rush Me Baby (Single) Mercury US 1954 Sell This Version
Ruth Brown If I Had Any Sense (as Singleton) Ruth Brown - If I Had Any Sense / Hello Little Boy (Single) Atlantic US 1954 Sell This Version
Shirley & Lee* Keep On Shirley & Lee* - Keep On / Confessin' (Single) Aladdin Records US 1954 Sell This Version
9-29259 Ella Fitzgerald If You Don't I Know Who Will Ella Fitzgerald - If You Don't I Know Who Will(7", Single, Promo) Decca 9-29259 US 1954 Sell This Version
Dakota Staton With Howard Biggs And His Music* My Heart's Delight Dakota Staton With Howard Biggs And His Music* - What Do You Know About Love (Single) Capitol Records US 1954 Sell This Version
K11828 Bobby Prince (2) One Sweet Kiss (as Singleton) Bobby Prince (2) - One Sweet Kiss / I'll Be Satisfied(7", Promo) MGM Records K11828 US 1954 Sell This Version
2989 The Nuggets (2) Quirl Up In My Arms The Nuggets (2) - Quirl Up In My Arms / So Help Me I Love You(Shellac, 10") Capitol Records 2989 US 1954 Sell This Version
1302 Ruth Brown And Her Rhythmakers Mambo Baby (as Singleton) Ruth Brown And Her Rhythmakers - Mambo Baby / Somebody Touched Me(Shellac, 10", Single) Quality 1302 Canada 1954 Sell This Version
H - 424 Dickie Thompson I'm Innocent (as C. Singleton) Dickie Thompson - Thirteen Women And One Man / I'm Innocent(7", Single, Mono) Herald H - 424 US 1954 Sell This Version
F3185 The Five Keys Don't You Know I Love You The Five Keys - Don't You Know I Love You(7", Single) Capitol Records F3185 US 1954 Sell This Version
1162 Nappy Brown Piddily Patter Patter (as Singleton) Nappy Brown - Pitter Patter / There'll Come A Day(Shellac, 10") Savoy Records 1162 US 1955 Sell This Version
Larry Darnell Who Showed My Baby How To Love Me (as Singleton) Larry Darnell - That's All I Want From You / Who Showed My Baby How To Love Me Savoy Records US 1955 Sell This Version
Big Maybelle One Monkey Don't Stop No Show (as Singleton) Big Maybelle - Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin' On (Single) Okeh US 1955 Sell This Version
Nappy Brown Sittin' In The Dark (as Singleton) Nappy Brown - Doodle I Love You Savoy Records US 1955 Sell This Version
The Midnighters Whatsonever You Do (as Singleton) The Midnighters - Henry's Got Flat Feet (Can't Dance No More) (Single) Federal Records (2) US 1955 Sell This Version
The Five Keys Doggone It, You Did It The Five Keys - Close Your Eyes (Single) Capitol Records US 1955 Sell This Version