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Re: Charlie's gone

PostPosted: Sat Mar 27, 2010 5:04 pm
by nikki akinjinmi
KatieDawson wrote:I heard the news about Charlie on Radio 4 this morning.
I never met Charlie but I would say that he has been one of the most important people in my life, opening my mind and ears to music that has enriched my life in countless ways.
I first stared listening to his show The City Beats on Capital Radio in my early teens. I was amazed and intrigued by the music he played - noone else played anything like that.
His lack of ego and self-effacing manner as a presenter just served to highlight his pure enthusiasm for the music and his desire to share it.
I wrote to him to ask for a playlist and was so touched that he not only sent one but also sent me a couple of records that he thought I might enjoy.
A few years later I wrote to him again when he was doing Saturday Night on GLR. He said that I was welcome to come to the station and help out as a volunteer on the show. For various reasons (which seemed important at the time, but seem trivial now) I didn't take him up on this wonderful offer. I have regretted it ever since.
I feel so sad that he has gone, but also so grateful that he lived.
His gift to me is a life-long love of music and an appreciation of the need to be open-minded and open-hearted if we are to live fully.
God bless you, Charlie.


Dear, Dear Katie,

I have been trying to write something but, each time I have tried to write I am so overwhelmed with tears, sadness, anger, and disbelief that Charlie is really gone.

Even though I have read the many comments made by other contributors; some of which have made me smile, laugh out loud, cry, or think, yes, that sounds like Charlie, or think yes, I remember he once told me that, or think I didn't know that about him, or know that he did that. (Actually elsewhere there is story that the DJ Peter Young tells about Charlie and Rufus Thomas's "The Funky Chicken" - I laughed out loud when I read it. I can sort of picture it, yet at the same time I can't, if you know what I mean.) So though, I have been reading everyone else's contributions I didn't want to share my precious memories, and thoughts of Charlie on the forum.... perhaps one of the reasons was because it would make his death much more real to me.

I wonder if it's you I need to thank for the many years of a wonderful friendship I had with Charlie. I only wrote to him about volunteering for the phones as the person who was going to do it couldn't (he mentioned this on air, and requested more volunteers).
I thought my phone volunteering would be a one-time experience. My volunteering was to last close to 10 years until his BBC Radio London programme came to an end, and our friendship continued right up until Charlie's death. His friendship has had such a profound affect on me; in ways I am unable, and perhaps unwilling to explain.

I can't even begin to understand how Buffy, his family, and some of his oldest friends must be feeling.

If it was you...whoever it was, I thank you, most humbly.....Charlie was such a beautiful guy.

Thank you

Nikki

Re: Charlie's gone

PostPosted: Sat Mar 27, 2010 5:20 pm
by John Leeson
Mariza: "Smile" (for Charlie). She must have dedicated the song to Charlie.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WtUM15DWdxw

Re: Charlie's gone

PostPosted: Sat Mar 27, 2010 5:54 pm
by john poole
Excerpts from two more of Charlie's programmes are now available on the Boot Sale Sounds site; this time from Capital Radio's 'Undercurrents' in the early 1980s, with guests Ry Cooder and "Brad from The Specials". The one with Ry is in rather lo-fi sound, but certainly listenable -

http://bootsalesounds.blogspot.com
(scroll down past Laurel & Hardy; - the site generally comprises of posts about boot sale and charity shop finds going back to 2005 - highly entertaining for vinyl junkies with some time to spare)

Re: Charlie's gone

PostPosted: Sat Mar 27, 2010 7:38 pm
by jackdaw version
garth cartwright wrote: . . . 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.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b006wqj3

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.

I'm listening to this and the Charlie bits are pretty good — but I must admit to being challenged by much of the rest of it. Maybe I'll just edit it down sometime.

However, listening to it makes me think that an absolutely fantastic tribute to Charlie would be to reissue the Sound of the City series of CDs that he compiled. Currently, they're only available on Amazon UK at pretty silly prices and not available at all on Amazon US. I suppose it would be easy enough to cobble together replicas from the tracklistings, but I'll bet the sleeve notes are worth reading — the Honky Tonk notes are so good — and I'm still an old-fashioned artifact-type of person. Some marketing genius could even suggest sticking them all together in a box set! Any decision makers or movers and shakers reading?

Re: Charlie's gone

PostPosted: Sat Mar 27, 2010 8:05 pm
by howard male
Jonathan wrote –

However, listening to it makes me think that an absolutely fantastic tribute to Charlie would be to reissue the Sound of the City series of CDs that he compiled.


Funnily enough I was saying this a couple of days ago to another forum contributor, Ian M. But rather than release them individually, I thought they’d make a great box set.

Re: Charlie's gone

PostPosted: Sat Mar 27, 2010 9:30 pm
by Eddie Punch
I love the typo on the YouTube title for this clip:
"Womad 2009 Radio 3 sage - Charlie Gillett"
Charlie was indeed a sage.

NickH wrote:
Some lovely Radio 3 footage of Charlie welcoming guests to his 2009 Womad broadcast on the link below.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rtIHb9ihj38

Re: Charlie's gone

PostPosted: Sat Mar 27, 2010 9:43 pm
by AndyM
John Leeson wrote:Mariza: "Smile" (for Charlie). She must have dedicated the song to Charlie.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WtUM15DWdxw




I have always hated that song.

But not this time.

Re: Charlie's gone

PostPosted: Sun Mar 28, 2010 12:59 am
by Lawrence Kelley
Was podcasting Verity Sharp's recent Late Junction program, and was extremely saddened to learn of Charlie's passing. My deepest condolences to his family.

I don't get to travel much these days, but Charlie Gillett's World of Music program made me feel like a 20-year-old inter-railer, traveling through Greece and other amazing musical places, every time I listened. Been streaming his show on BBC World Service Radio for years, and may have even heard him back in the short-wave days of the 1980's and 90's.

You'll be sorely missed here in the U.S., Charlie. Thank you for the amazing education in global music, and sorry for not saying this earlier.

Sincerely,

Lawrence Kelley
Clifton Park, New York

Re: Charlie's gone

PostPosted: Sun Mar 28, 2010 2:02 am
by Dayna
AndyM wrote:
John Leeson wrote:Mariza: "Smile" (for Charlie). She must have dedicated the song to Charlie.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WtUM15DWdxw




I have always hated that song.

But not this time.



Wow this was beautiful!

Re: Charlie's gone

PostPosted: Sun Mar 28, 2010 2:49 am
by Rob Hall
Dayna wrote:
AndyM wrote:
John Leeson wrote:Mariza: "Smile" (for Charlie). She must have dedicated the song to Charlie.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WtUM15DWdxw




I have always hated that song.

But not this time.



Wow this was beautiful!


I can't think of a better description Dayna.

(And John, don't be so hard on the song: if nothing else, it's a reminder that there was more to Chaplin than just his screen persona.)

Re: Charlie's gone

PostPosted: Sun Mar 28, 2010 3:42 am
by kitty gao
Charlie,you will always live in our heart!May you have a good time in Heaven!

Re: Charlie's gone

PostPosted: Sun Mar 28, 2010 3:49 am
by pamina
Hello! Just wanted to say how sad I feel to hear that charlie has passed away. I couldnt sleep one night a few years ago and turned the radio on and hear simon diaz singing magically. The programme was so great I listened to it again and again until i knew all the songs by heart.... and they became really important to me.
I was immediately a fan and now feel very sad he is gone. Best wishes and condolances to all who knew him personally.
yours ros

Re: Charlie's gone

PostPosted: Sun Mar 28, 2010 4:57 am
by John Leeson
Rob Hall wrote:
AndyM wrote:
John Leeson wrote:Mariza: "Smile" (for Charlie). She must have dedicated the song to Charlie.


I have always hated that song.But not this time.


(And John, don't be so hard on the song: if nothing else, it's a reminder that there was more to Chaplin than just his screen persona.)


The quote levels got mixed up a little while ago... it wasn't me that hated the song (AndyM), but certainly it never reached me as it did in that clip.

Re: Charlie's gone

PostPosted: Sun Mar 28, 2010 5:58 am
by Vivienne
Tonight I sit with many others the world over missing what had become a regular component in this life: listening to Charlie Gillet. Yes, I know there are lots of tapes; yet, with many I grieve the passing of Charlie from this life. Thank you, Charlie, for you many hours of company and for the exposure to World Music. We are better for you! -- VJW

Re: Charlie's gone

PostPosted: Sun Mar 28, 2010 11:26 am
by Rob Hall
John Leeson wrote:The quote levels got mixed up a little while ago... it wasn't me that hated the song (AndyM), but certainly it never reached me as it did in that clip.

Apologies.