Charlie Gracie to perform at Disston Rec

The le­gendary Charlie Gracie will be in con­cert on Thursday, Ju­ly 10, at Dis­ston Re­cre­ation Cen­ter, at 4510 Dis­ston St. in Ta­cony. The con­cert will be­gin at 7 p.m. with a per­form­ance by Ra­mona Jane.

The Ta­cony Civic As­so­ci­ation or­gan­izes a series of free sum­mer con­certs. Guests are en­cour­aged to bring chairs.

Gracie was Phil­adelphia’s first rock ‘n’ roll star. He topped the Amer­ic­an and Brit­ish mu­sic charts in 1957 with his song But­ter­fly, which sold more than 3 mil­lion cop­ies. The en­ter­tain­er ap­peared on Band­stand and The Ed Sul­li­van Show. He helped Phil­adelphia’s Cameo-Park­way re­cord la­bel rise to the top of the mu­sic in­dustry in the late 1950s.

Pre­ceded only by Bill Haley in bring­ing rock ‘n’ roll to Great Bri­tain, he was a ma­jor in­flu­ence on bud­ding rock le­gends such as Gra­ham Nash, Van Mor­ris­on, George Har­ris­on and Paul Mc­Cart­ney.

On his 1999 CD Run Dev­il Run, Mc­Cart­ney paid trib­ute to Gracie by re­cord­ing a ver­sion of Fab­ulous, one of Gracie’s hits.

Last year, Gracie re­leased For The Love of Charlie, an al­bum that fea­tured rocka­billy, blues, coun­try, pop and a touch of gos­pel mu­sic.

Gracie con­tin­ues to tour the United States and Europe. In his shows, Gracie still plays the two Guild X-350 gui­tars he bought in South Phil­adelphia in 1957. ••

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