Charlie Karp (1953-2019)
Charlie Karp’s professional career began in 1970, when he was chosen to record and tour with drummer/bandleader, Buddy Miles, Mercury Record's No. 1 R&B artist at the time. Charlie recorded four albums with Miles in two years including the legendary Them Changes. He toured internationally with Buddy, including opening for Jimi Hendrix, Carlos Santana and other iconic acts. In 1972, Charlie left to form his own band White Chocolate with David Hull on bass, signing with RCA Records the same year.
In 1975, Charlie signed with Sire Records and released a single called "Rock & Roll Love Letter" which was later covered by the Bay City Rollers. Charlie and Hull later reformed and renamed their band, The Dirty Angels, releasing 2 LPs; Kiss Tomorrow Goodbye, in 1977 (produced by a musicians favorite, Richard Gotterher), on the Private Stock label, followed in 1978 by Dirty Angles on A&M. In 1979, the band toured extensively with Aerosmith on the Double Live Bootleg Tour.
Charlie spent most of the 1980s writing songs and doing session work as a tasty guitarist. Charlie’s songs were recorded by a number of noteworthy artists including Joan Jett and Joe Perry. He also produced the self-titled debut album Ram Jam, resulting in the band’s one hit single, "Black Betty". In 1987 Charlie recorded a solo album called Charlie Karp and the Name Droppers. In the mid-1990s, Charlie formed the blues-rock duo Slo Leak with legendary producer/guitarist Danny Kortchmar and ex-Paul Butterfield bassist Harvey Brooks. The band released three albums including the 1999 critically acclaimed When The Clock Strikes on TVT Records. Karp continued writing, producing, teaching guitar and performing, usually in New York City and around the Fairfield, CT area that he called home. Charlie Karp died on March 10, 2019, three months prior to the release of Back To You.
White Chocolate (RCA 1973)
The Dirty Angels Kiss Tomorrow Goodbye (Private Stock Records 1976)
Dirty Angels (A&M 1979)
Charlie Karp & the Namedroppers (1986)
VonHeimburg After Dark
Charlie also produced many commercials and music for documentaries, sports events, and features films. He is the proud recipient of an Emmy Award.
Commercial Clients include:
ESPN International Sports
PBS (Andy Warhol documentary scored by Brian Keane)
A&E Biography on Bill Graham (Fillmore, Grateful Dead, Rolling Stones)
Charlie's jingles for national television and radio commercials include:
"The Incredible, Edible Egg"
"TWIX" Candy Bars
In addition, Charlie provided vocals and co-wrote the music with Brian Keane for Quiet Storm featuring Marion Meadows on sax. The song is "You Lift My Heart".
Photo Credit © John Halpern / Red Parlor Records