Charles (Charlie) Rich (December 14, 1932--July 25, 1995) was an American country music singer and musician. A Grammy Award winner, his eclectic-style of music was often hard to classify in a single genre, playing in the rockabilly, jazz, blues, country, and gospel genres. In the latter part of his life, Rich acquired the nickname The Silver Fox. He is perhaps best remembered for a pair of 1973 hits, 'Behind Closed Doors' and 'The Most Beautiful Girl'. 'The Most Beautiful Girl' topped the U.S. country singles charts, as well as the pop singles charts. Though he resided in Benton, Arkansas, most of his life, Rich was born in Colt, Arkansas, to rural cotton farmers. His professional musical career began while he was in the U.S. Air Force in the early 1950s. His first musical group, the Velvetones, played jazz and blues and featured his fiance, Margaret Ann, on lead vocals. Rich left the military in 1955 and tried to farm five acres in Tennessee.
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