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Charles "Wigg" Walker

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Presented by Rudy's Jazz Room at Rudy's Jazz Room, Nashville TN

Feb 28 2020
Charles "Wigg" Walker

Nashville R&B and soul great Charles “Wigg” Walker and band return to the Rudy’s Jazz Room stage.

Join Rudy’s for the return of our Friday happy hour soul and jazz series with Charles “Wigg” Walker, Nashville’s original soul singer, and his six-piece band and horn section. Born in Nashville, Tennessee on July 12, 1940, Charles “Wigg” Walker is one of the few remaining original soul singers from back in the day when old school R&B/soul was brand new on the music scene. Wigg’s experience and maturity in the field of soul music gives him authenticity and perspective that is unmatched.

In 1960, Charles moved to New York City and in 1962 Charles began recording with Chess Records out of Chicago, Charles soon signed on as lead singer with the J.C. Davis Band and began touring the country opening for the greats of the era including James Brown, Jackie Wilson, Etta James, Wilson Pickett, Little Willie John, Otis Redding, and Sam Cooke. The J.C. Davis Band recorded some real barnstormers for Chess like “Sweet Sweet Love” and “The Chicken Scratch.” In 1964, Charles formed his own group, Little Charles and the Sidewinders. They became one of the most in demand soul bands in New York City’s nightclub scene, performing at the Apollo Theater, Small’s Paradise and venturing out to Las Vegas and Atlantic City. They subsequently recorded for Chess and Decca labels. The Sidewinders stayed together through the 60’s, and in 1969 Charles cut some sides for Botanic Records. The Sidewinders reformed in 1973 and worked as a show band in hotels, nightclubs, and casinos without the benefit of a recording contract. In 1979, Charles signed on with Motown as a staff writer.

With a resurgence of old-school soul and R&B, Wigg is finding his groove with a younger audience while rekindling memories for the old-school crowd.

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Rudy's Jazz Room

809 Gleaves Street, Nashville, TN 37203
(Neighborhood: SoBro)

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