Sunday, August 15, 2010

Charlie (1939 – 1998) and Inez Foxx




The brother and sister r&b and soul duo came from Greensboro, North Carolina. Inez sang lead vocal, while Charlie (1939 – 1998) was back-up and played guitar. As a child Charlie sang with a gospel choir and was later joined by his sister Inez. In 1960 Inez traveled to New York City and recorded for Brunswick Records using the name Inez Johnston, but with little success.



The duo signed with Symbol label in 1962 then released Mockingbird in 1963. The song was based on the traditional lullaby "Hush, Little Baby" and re-titled ‘Mockingbird’. The single sprang into the US Top Ten charts for both rhythm and blues and pop. In the UK Island Records set up Sue label and the first release was "Mockingbird".



The brother and sister act were superb live and riding on the crest of r&b renaissance they toured Europe and the UK. Unfortunately the duo were never able to match the originality of ‘Mockingbird’ and "Ask Me" and "Hurt by Love" only made the lower reaches of the charts.







After they joined Musicor Records in 1966 they recorded "(1-2-3-4-5-6-7) Count the Days" and released the album Come By Here.



Charlie began working as a songwriter and record producer whilst Inez Foxx married songwriter and producer Luther Dixon. Together the couple wrote, and produced "I Love You 1000 Times" for the Platters



Inez had some success recording on her own for Volt Records but her popularity faded in the 1970s. Charlie Foxx died from leukemia in 1998, at the age of 58.

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Worth a listen
Mockingbird (1963)
Ask Me (1964)
Hurt by Love (1964)
(1-2-3-4-5-6-7) Count The Days (1967)

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