His singing style was among the most emotional and

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Unformatted text preview: the '60s) country. His singing style was among the most emotional and easily identifiable of any 20th century performer. He helped racially integrate country and pop music during the 1960s with his success on ABC records where he truly found his voice. Charles became one of the first African American musicians to be given artistic control by a mainstream record company. His music was mainly influenced by jazz, blues ,rhythm and blues and country artists such as Art Tatun and Nat King Cole. He got his first top ten R&B hit with “Baby Let Me Hold Your Hand” in 1951, which was criticized as much milder and less original than his classics. “I Got A Woman” was one of his hit songs on which Charles first truly let go with his unmistakable gospel-ish moan, backed by a tight , bouncy horn-dri...
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