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. In 1954, Singleton teamed with songwriting partner Rose Marie McCoy, immediately having a hit with 'It Hurts Me to My Heart' with Faye Adams. The partnership lasted eight years. 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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48215 Charles Singleton - Sarah Kelly From Plumbelly / Bad Luck Child album art Joey Thomas & His Band Sarah Kelly From Plumbelly (as Charles and 2 more… Joey Thomas & His Band - Sarah Kelly From Plumbelly / Bad Luck Child(10", Promo) Decca 48215 US Unknown Sell This Version

Writing & Arrangement

1731 Charles Singleton - Longing For You / Sarah Kelly From Plumb Nelly album art Les Baxter, His Chorus And Orchestra Sahar Kelly From Plumb Nelly (Way Down In Georgia) Les Baxter, His Chorus And Orchestra - Longing For You / Sarah Kelly From Plumb Nelly(Shellac, 10", Promo) Capitol Records 1731 US 1951 Sell This Version
1731 Charles Singleton - Sarah Kelly From Plumb Nelly / Longing For You album art Les Baxter Sahar Kelly From Plumb Nelly Les Baxter - Sarah Kelly From Plumb Nelly / Longing For You(Shellac, 10") Capitol Records 1731 US 1951 Sell This Version
9-48210 Charles Singleton - There Ain't Enough Room Here To Boogie album art Joey Thomas And His Band* Joey Thomas And His Band* - There Ain't Enough Room Here To Boogie(7", Single) Decca 9-48210 US 1951 Sell This Version
82657 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 82657 Germany 1952 Sell This Version
6934 Charles Singleton - Yes You Do - Yes You Do / Don't Worry Me album art Paul Gayten & His Orch.* Yes You Do - Yes You Do (as Singleton) Paul Gayten & His Orch.* - Yes You Do - Yes You Do / Don't Worry Me (Single) Okeh 6934 US 1952 Sell This Version
20-5058 Charles Singleton - Sarah Kelly (From Plumnelly) / Call Me Darling, Call Me Sweetheart, Call Me Dear album art Melvin Smith Sarah Kelly (from Plumnelly) (as C. Singleton) Melvin Smith - Sarah Kelly (From Plumnelly) / Call Me Darling, Call Me Sweetheart, Call Me Dear(10", Promo) RCA Victor 20-5058 US 1952 Sell This Version
4563 Charles Singleton - Good Bread Alley / I Need You Tonight album art Eddie "Cleanhead" Vinson Eddie "Cleanhead" Vinson - Good Bread Alley / I Need You Tonight King Records (3) 4563 US 1952 Sell This Version
28321 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 28321 US 1952 Sell This Version
4535 Charles Singleton - Bootsie / (Let Me Love You) All Night Long album art 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 (Single) King Records (3) 4535 US 1952 Sell This Version
47-5022 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 47-5022 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
1170 Charles Singleton - Why (Was I Born To Be Blue) / Baby Come On Home album art York Brothers Baby Come On Home (as Singleton) York Brothers - Why (Was I Born To Be Blue) / Baby Come On Home(Shellac, 10", Promo) King Records (3) 1170 US 1953 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
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
1010 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 1010 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
SCM5029 Charles Singleton - When Are We Gonna Get Married / Ding Dong Boogie album art Julie Dawn - Tony Brent With Norrie Paramor And His Orchestra Ding Dong Boogie (as Singleton) Julie Dawn - Tony Brent With Norrie Paramor And His Orchestra - When Are We Gonna Get Married / Ding Dong Boogie(7") Columbia SCM5029 UK 1953 Sell This Version
H-440 Charles Singleton - You Hurt My Pride / All Gone album art Ursala Reed With Joe Morris Orch.* All Gone (as C. Singleton) Ursala Reed With Joe Morris Orch.* - You Hurt My Pride / All Gone(10") Herald H-440 US 1954 Sell This Version
H-439 Charles Singleton - I Owe My Heart To You album art Faye Adams I Owe My Heart To You (as C. Singleton) Faye Adams - I Owe My Heart To You(7", Single) Herald H-439 US 1954 Sell This Version
K11828 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 K11828 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
70359X45 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 70359X45 US 1954 Sell This Version
F2910 Charles Singleton - Blue Moon Of Kentucky / Please, Please album art Cliffie Stone And His Hepcats* Please, Please (as Singleton) Cliffie Stone And His Hepcats* - Blue Moon Of Kentucky / Please, Please(7", Single) Capitol Records F2910 US 1954 Sell This Version