1960 to 1970
Nashville, Tennessee, United States
Jimmy Charles, is an American singer with a distinctive "crying style". Charles was born in Paterson, New Jersey, in 1943. Before he sang professionally, he built up quite a local reputation wailing at churches and community functions. When Charles was 12 years old, his uncle drove him from his home in Paterson, N.J. him to Newark, N.J. to study singing with the legendary jazz vocalist Jimmy Scott. When Charles was 16, his uncle accompanied him to New York City to try his luck at the amateur talent shows held at the Apollo Theater. Surprisingly, Charles won the renowned contest for four consecutive weeks.