Charlie Starr

Real Name:
Charles Piscitello (1942-2012)
Profile:
Born with cataracts and glaucoma, and having several childhood accidents resulting in the removal of both eyes, Charlie (then known as Chuck) attended the New York State School for the Blind. It was there on a coal pile that he found a guitar. Grounded to his room for being off limits, he taught himself to play the guitar, and later formed a band with several classmates and an instructor at the school. Charlie later moved to the Southern Tier and hired a manager, John Parialis, with Pyramid Sound, based in Ithaca, NY. He began touring more widely, eventually being in the “right place at the right time” to fill in for the Eagles, whose transportation failed to get them to their gig as the opening act for Blood, Sweat, and Tears. Charlie’s music and charm impressed members of the band, who offered him a contract to continue the tour. With the stage name “Charlie Starr,” Charlie cut several single 45 rpm recordings as well as two albums, entitled “Just Plain Charlie” and “Tough and Tender.” Charlie rarely talked of his musical career in the later decades of his life, as his first love was Jesus. Abandoning fame and fortune to tune pianos and serve the Lord, Charlie left his musical career and dedicated his music and his life to the Lord.

Albums

Charlie Starr - Just Plain Charlie album art Charlie Starr Just Plain Charlie (Album) Mercury UK 1969 Sell This Version
Charlie Starr - Tough & Tender album art Charlie Starr Tough & Tender (Album) Prophecy Records (2) US 1971 Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

45-55002 Charlie Starr - So Close To Heaven album art Charlie Starr So Close To Heaven(7", Single, Mono, Promo) Prophecy Records (2) 45-55002 US 1971 Sell This Version
Charlie Starr - Memphis Tennessee / That Old American Dream album art Charlie Starr Memphis Tennessee / That Old American Dream (Single) Epic Germany 1972 Sell This Version
Charlie Starr - Solitary Woman / Road Time album art Charlie Starr Solitary Woman / Road Time (Single) Mercury US Unknown Sell This Version
ZS7 6017 Charlie Starr Good Morning, Freedom(7", Promo) Mums Records ZS7 6017 US Unknown Sell This Version

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