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 - Air Mail Special / Ding Dong Boogie album art Ella Fitzgerald Ding Dong Boogie (as Singleton) Ella Fitzgerald - Air Mail Special / Ding Dong Boogie (Single) Brunswick Germany 1952 Sell This Version
Charles Singleton - Ding-Dong Boogie / Preview album art Ella Fitzgerald With Sy Oliver And His Orchestra / Ella Fitzgerald Ding-Dong Boogie Ella Fitzgerald With Sy Oliver And His Orchestra / Ella Fitzgerald - Ding-Dong Boogie / Preview Decca US 1952 Sell This Version
Charles Singleton - I'd Do It Again album art Damita Jo I Don't Care (as Charlie Singleton) Damita Jo - I'd Do It Again (Single) RCA Victor US 1952 Sell This Version
4535 Charles Singleton - All Night Long / Bootsie album art Moose Jackson And His Buffalo Bearcats* (Let Me Love You) All Night Long (as Singleton) Moose Jackson And His Buffalo Bearcats* - All Night Long / Bootsie(Shellac, 10") King Records (3) 4535 US 1952 Sell This Version
48270 Charles Singleton - Loved One / I Do Believe album art Lincoln Chase I Do Believe (as Charlie Singleton) Lincoln Chase - Loved One / I Do Believe(Shellac, 10") Decca 48270 US 1952 Sell This Version
4582 Charles Singleton - Lonesome Train / Person To Person album art Eddie "Cleanhead" Vinson Person To Person (as Singleton) Eddie "Cleanhead" Vinson - Lonesome Train / Person To Person(Shellac, 10") King Records (3) 4582 US 1952 Sell This Version
9-61019 Charles Singleton - Toys / I Ain't Gonna Do It album art 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
Charles Singleton - Ding-Dong-Boogie / April In Portugal album art Helmut Zacharias Mit Seiner Tanzbesetzung* Ding-Dong-Boogie (as Singleton) Helmut Zacharias Mit Seiner Tanzbesetzung* - Ding-Dong-Boogie / April In Portugal Polydor Germany 1953 Sell This Version
20-5432 Charles Singleton - A Foggy Day / Coco Bongo album art The Sauter-Finegan Orchestra* Coco Bongo The Sauter-Finegan Orchestra* - A Foggy Day / Coco Bongo(10", Promo, Ben) RCA Victor 20-5432 US 1953 Sell This Version
Charles Singleton - Comin' On / The Feeling Is So Good album art 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
F.10199 Charles Singleton - Lazy Mambo / Skin Deep album art Cyril Stapleton Lazy Mambo Cyril Stapleton - Lazy Mambo / Skin Deep(Shellac, 10") Decca F.10199 UK 1953 Sell This Version
Charles Singleton - One Sweet Kiss / I'll Be Satisfied album art Bobby Prince (2) One Sweet Kiss (as Singleton) Bobby Prince (2) - One Sweet Kiss / I'll Be Satisfied (Single) MGM Records US 1954 Sell This Version
2989 Charles Singleton - Quirl Up In My Arms / So Help Me I Love You album art 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
Charles Singleton - Things Done In The Dark (Are Bound To Come To Light) / Don't Rush Me Baby album art 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
Charles Singleton - I Wanna' Know / Don't Tell Me album art Al Savage Don't Tell Me (as C. Singleton) and 1 more… Al Savage - I Wanna' Know / Don't Tell Me Herald US 1954 Sell This Version
Charles Singleton - Mambo In The Moonlight album art 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
9-29259 Charles Singleton - If You Don't I Know Who Will album art 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
Charles Singleton - Dippin' In My Business / Down Here album art Rose Marie McCoy Dippin' In My Business (as Singleton) and 1 more… Rose Marie McCoy - Dippin' In My Business / Down Here Cat (11) US 1954 Sell This Version
Charles Singleton - Thirteen Women And One Man / I'm Innocent album art Dickie Thompson I'm Innocent (as C. Singleton) Dickie Thompson - Thirteen Women And One Man / I'm Innocent (Single) Herald US 1954 Sell This Version
Charles Singleton - If I Had Any Sense / Hello Little Boy album art Ruth Brown With Orchestra If I Had Any Sense (as Singleton) Ruth Brown With Orchestra - If I Had Any Sense / Hello Little Boy (Single) Atlantic US 1954 Sell This Version
Shirley & Lee* Keep On Shirley & Lee* - Confessin' / Keep On (Single) Aladdin (6) US 1954 Sell This Version
70391 Charles Singleton - Please, Please / Tryin' To Get To You album art The Eagles (8) The Eagles (8) - Please, Please / Tryin' To Get To You(Shellac, 10") Mercury 70391 US 1954 Sell This Version
Charles Singleton - What Do You Know About Love album art 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 Capitol Records US 1954 Sell This Version
Charles Singleton - Your Cash Ain't Nothin' But Trash / I've Got My Eyes On You album art Clovers* I've Got My Eyes On You (as Charlie Singleton) Clovers* - Your Cash Ain't Nothin' But Trash / I've Got My Eyes On You (Single) Atlantic US 1954 Sell This Version
Charles Singleton - Mambo Baby / Somebody Touched Me album art Ruth Brown And Her Rhythmakers Mambo Baby (as Singleton) Ruth Brown And Her Rhythmakers - Mambo Baby / Somebody Touched Me (Single) Atlantic Canada 1954 Sell This Version