Charlie Karp (1953-2019)
Charlie's professional career began in 1970, when he was chosen to record with Buddy Miles as a teenager. Buddy Miles was Mercury Record's number one R&B artist and renowned drummer at the time. Charlie recorded four albums with Miles in two years including the legendary Them Changes. He toured internationally with Buddy Miles, including opening for Jimi Hendrix. In 1972, Charlie left to form his own band White Chocolate with David Hull on bass. The group was quickly signed by RCA Records. Later that year he also recorded Vindicater with Arthur Lee of Love fame on A&M records. Today this group still has an underground following.
In 1975, Charlie was signed to Seymour Stein's 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 their band and called it The Dirty Angels. They were signed to Private Stock Records and recorded Kiss Tomorrow Goodbye, which was produced by Richard Gotterher. In 1979, The Dirty Angels, now with A&M Records, toured with Aerosmith on the Double Live Bootleg Tour.
In the 80s, Charlie did many sessions as a songwriter and a guitarist. He wrote songs for Joan Jett and Joe Perry from Aerosmith. He also produced the memorable Ram Jam of Black Betty fame. In 1987 Charlie recorded a solo album called Charlie Karp and the Name Droppers. In the last decade, Charlie also co - wrote, and co - produced Slo Leak with Danny Kortchmar (producer/guitarist for James Taylor, Carole King, Don Henley, and Billy Joel among others). Slo Leak is a unique blend of blues, funk, electronica, and R&B. Slo Leak has released 3 cd's.
Besides producing his own albums, Cheese, Charlie Karp and the Namedroppers, and VonHeimburg After Dark, Charlie is an EMMY award-winning producer who produced music for sports networks, documentaries, and feature films. His latest solo album, produced by Vic Steffens, "Back To You" is scheduled to be released in June 2019 on Red Parlor Records. Sadly, Charlie passed away 3 months before its release on March 10th, 2019. He was 65 years old.
White Chocolate (RCA 1973),
The Dirty Angels Kiss Tomorrow Goodbye (Private Stock Records 1976)
Dirty Angels (A&M 1979) and
Charlie Karp & the Namedroppers (1986)
VonHeimburg After Dark
Charlie also produces many commercials and music for documentaries, sports events, and features films. He is the proud recipient of the Emmy.
Commercial Clients Include:
ESPN International Sports
An Andy Warhol documentary for PBS
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 was the vocalist and co-wrote the music with Brian Keane for Quiet Storm featuring Marion Meadows on sax. The song is You Lift My Heart (Into Heaven).
Photo Credit © John Halpern / Red Parlor Records