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Re: Charlie's gone

PostPosted: Fri Mar 26, 2010 12:46 am
by Ian A.
Edit. Inappropriate rant removed. Sorry Mark.

Re: Charlie's gone

PostPosted: Fri Mar 26, 2010 7:57 am
by Alan Balfour
Charlie's funeral today. It's for family and close friends but I'm sure we'll all be there in spirit.

Re: Charlie's gone

PostPosted: Fri Mar 26, 2010 12:01 pm
by Martingo
Relationships of ownership
They whisper in the wings
To those condemned to act accordingly
And wait for succeeding kings
And I try to harmonize with songs
The lonesome sparrow sings
There are no kings inside the Gates of Eden

Bob Dylan

Re: Charlie's gone

PostPosted: Fri Mar 26, 2010 12:30 pm
by Jarlath
This from the Rocking Vicar site

:: Charlie Gillett
Parishioner Terence Dackombe pays tribute to a real music lover.

Charlie Gillett was never going to present Top Of The Pops, nor was he destined to be smuggled out from the Radio One Roadshow to escape hundreds of screaming teenagers. He turned down offers to present music shows on television because he felt he couldn’t do justice to the role if he didn’t believe in the music, and especially, the musicians. For Charlie was a friend to musicians; he loved the idea of people coming together from all around the world, without a care for political allegiances or differences, and celebrating the simple thrill of making great music.

After graduating from Cambridge with a degree in economics, Charlie took his Masters at Columbia University in New York. He was working in an office, and after hours, attempted to transcribe his mammoth thesis. With no typing skills at all, he began to laboriously tip-tap on a typewriter, until a colleague took pity, and offered to type it up for him.

Three years later, back in London and teaching at Kingsway College, Charlie received a letter from America, from a man whose name he didn’t recognise, at that time. The secretary who had helped him with his thesis had passed it to her manager, who by a mind-boggling coincidence had just started a publishing company, and offered to turn Charlie’s thesis into a book. Thus was published Charlie’s much respected ‘The Sound Of The City: The Rise Of Rock And Roll’. It’s a serious work, but never dry, and always entertaining, covering modern music’s path from the rhythm and blues roots of the 1940s, through soul to rock, and touching on the early stages of psychedelia and the progressive rock emerging from the late 60s.
The positive reception given to ‘The Sound Of The City’ helped Charlie get a show (and a fee of eight pounds each week) on BBC Radio London, and in 1972, he was given free rein on his show ‘Honky Tonk’ to play pretty much anything he wanted. At a time, when the pirate stations had been silenced, and before the birth of commercial radio in the UK, the influence of Charlie and Honky Tonk was enormous. Those escaping the granddad tones of Jimmy Savile on Radio One found joy and passion at large on Radio London, where Charlie not only played all sorts of music from all sorts of origins, he also spoke about them, and introduced them, with eagerness and warmth. He had a splendid radio voice, clear and lively, but with a maturity that many of his contemporaries lacked.

This was World Music before the term had been invented. There would be Amos Milburn, followed by Ronnie Hawkins, and then J.J.Cale. You knew he had chosen these records and was playing them to the audience just as a friend may do when excitedly turning up at your door with a new album for no other reason than a hope that you may share his enthusiasm.
After leaving Radio London, and (typical of Charlie’s singularity) starting a record label with his dentist, he managed Ian Dury’s Kilburn & The High Roads, and Lene Lovich.
Further stints at Capital Radio, the World Service, and back at BBC Radio London, consolidated Charlie’s position as a wonderful innovator, and inspirational broadcaster.
Though illness slowed him down, he never lost his zeal for bringing great music, from around the world, to a wider audience.

Charles Thomas Gillett was born 20th February 1942 & died 17th March 2010.

Re: Charlie's gone

PostPosted: Fri Mar 26, 2010 8:26 pm
by Florence Joelle
My thoughts are with Charlie's family today and close friends today.

I am still shocked and quite devastated. Charlie and I were working on the new Sound Of The World compilation (I was in charge of all the record company work, licensing, coordinating artwork, promotion, marketing, etc.) This was our fifth year, and although I knew Charlie was waiting for heart surgery, he was so enthusiastic that I would have never thought anything like this would happen.

He did so much for music, was a true gentleman and a lovely person too. It was a joy working with him, and I feel privileged to have worked on these projects with him.

Re: Charlie's gone

PostPosted: Fri Mar 26, 2010 8:43 pm
by jackdaw version
Hope it's OK to put this in this topic, but it seems useful to keep all tribute news within the one thread.

From dj Scratchy:
On this week’s Scratchy Sounds, The Rock and The Roll of The World is supplied by Markscheider Kunst, Banda El Recodo, Di Gojim, Big Star, The Box Tops, Alex Chilton, The Cramps, Naggo Morris, Very Be Careful, Tiny Fuller & his Combo, Joe Hill Louis, The Wailers, Tommy T feat Gigi, Che Sudaka, The Vasya Club, The Dead Brothers and an hour of memories and a further wealth of wonderful music from the albums compiled by Charlie Gillett.

If you're not familiar with Charlie Gillett, I hope you'll discover part of his legacy here.
If you are familiar with Charlie, I hope I've come close enough to doing him justice.

Charlie Gillett 1942 - 2010

Links to for a download.

I haven't listened yet so can't tell you how close Scratchy comes to his goal of doing Charlie justice. But I'm confident enough.

Re: Charlie's gone

PostPosted: Fri Mar 26, 2010 9:37 pm
by virginia brooks
by virginia brooks » Fri Mar 26, 2010 7:00 pm

I would love to come from Toronto for the tribute to Charlie. Before I book however I just need to make sure that it is confirmed for May 13. I can't think there is another way to say thanks and goodbye, though several of us raised a glass in his honour at a Habib Koite concert last night. Do keep us posted. Thanks
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Re: Charlie's gone

PostPosted: Fri Mar 26, 2010 10:11 pm
by Alan
Farewell soundtrack (funeral)

Emahoy Tsegue-Maryam Guebrou, The Homeless Wanderer

Leadbelly, Midnight Special

Johnnie Allan, The Promised Land

Mbilia Bel, Eswi Yo Wapi

Re: Charlie's gone

PostPosted: Fri Mar 26, 2010 11:23 pm
by howard male
Nice to see that 'Eswi Yo Wapi,' was chosen, Alan.

I asked Paul if we could end his Resonance FM show with it, as I thought it was such a perfect and joyous piece of music to go out on.

Re: Charlie's gone

PostPosted: Sat Mar 27, 2010 12:55 am
by dave o
like most of the people reading and contributing to this forum my thoughts today are with Charlie's family and his close friends. A week on I still feel empty and can't imagine what it must be like to be someone who saw him every day. Tippett's words from a Child of Our Time helped me once and I think of them again -

'here is no final grieving but an abiding hope.The moving waters renew the earth. It is spring'

Re: Charlie's gone

PostPosted: Sat Mar 27, 2010 6:55 am
by theherneschase
Sad news which only reached me here in my corner of NZ when I signed in to the World Service webiste this week.

Like many of my generation I was informed, inspired and switched on to 'world' music by Charlie Gillett via Capital Radio, GLR and it's later incarnation of Radio London. His World Service show was my oasis in a musical desert since my emigration and even after his death I have found myself discovering bands via the Sound of the World website.

He never seemed to tire of new things and his musical tastes seemed to continue to widen. There was no music snobbery behind his choices, it was always music he liked and wanted to share, rather than just World Music for the sake of it being 'World Music'.
He will be sorely missed and my best wishes to his wife and family

Re: Charlie's gone

PostPosted: Sat Mar 27, 2010 11:09 am
by Paul Fisher
As Howard mentioned above, excellent choice to end the show on which is now available to listen to ... Radio.html

Also put up temporarily Charlie's BBC London show from May 2001 when I was his pong pong guest.

and apologies if this has been mentioned already, there was an appreciation of Charlie on the The World programme in the US ... lett-dies/

Re: Charlie's gone

PostPosted: Sat Mar 27, 2010 11:15 am
by AndyP
I hope nobody considers this post inappropriate. When I read Alan's list of music played at Charlie's funeral, I recalled a topic from a few years ago. In fact, searching for it shows it was from March 2006; strange the things we remember.

Charlie wrote:If you really want to annoy me when I'm gone, play Joan Baez at the farewell do.....
But if you want to make me happy, have somebody sing Midnight Special, the first song I learned to play (but never well enough to dare to do it in public).

I am sure Charlie would have been smiling.....

Re: Charlie's gone

PostPosted: Sat Mar 27, 2010 3:34 pm
by garth cartwright
Today (Sat) the World Service's arts programme The Strand is dedicated to Charlie. Unfortunately, this seems to consist of gushing tributes from Yasmin Levy and 17 Hippies that go on far too long. Knowing Charlie, I think he would have felt uncomfortable with this - he always acknowledged those who had passed with a mention and a tune.

Much better is Mark Lamaar's Radio 2 God's Jukebox which he dedicates to Charlie and Alex Chilton - who both left the planet on the same day from heart problems.

Lamaar was good friends with Charlie so offers some good anecdotes and plays all kinds of tracks Charlie was involved with (either as a fan or compiler). He finishes with Barbara Lynn's gorgeous You'll Lose A Good Thing - what a tune to say goodbye on! For Alex he focuses on his Box Tops recordings. Like Mark - and unlike the rock press - I believe Alex made his best recordings as a blue eyed soulboy under Dan Penn's watchful eye rather than his jangly Big Star recordings. I like Big Star in small doses but I love the Box Tops! I'm guessing that Charlie liked them too, Chilton then possessing a truly gorgeous voice.

Re: Charlie's gone

PostPosted: Sat Mar 27, 2010 3:48 pm
by John Leeson
Paul Fisher wrote: ... Radio.html

Also put up temporarily Charlie's BBC London show from May 2001 when I was his pong pong guest.

Domo arigato.

I noted that during that 2001 show, one of the contest winners was somebody named Zee Nagre...