"Charlie Rich had the intuitive instinct to feel, see and hear pain, disappointment, happiness and joy and somehow transmute it into music. I don’t know anyone who has ever written or sung in a way that depicted more of the humanity of man, with greater melodic beauty, than Charlie Rich."

 -- Sam Phillips founder of Sun Records

"Charlie was a good-looking boy, and on promotional trips people often mistook him for Elvis Presley. He had that look ... but he was so shy."

 -- Cecil Scaife Sun Records Promotion Manager

"At first I didn’t dig country. As a matter of fact, we put it down because we wanted to be jazz pickers. I had to make a drastic change at Sun Records and I didn’t really appreciate country music until I went there."

 -- Charlie Rich

"Charlie Rich was the best. His talent and style knew no boundaries. After years of being the victim of stereotypical critics who could neither understand nor label him, Charlie’s beautiful, haunting voice, surrounded by his piano, was discovered by the world. I’m just glad I was around for the ride."

 -- Billy Sherrill Epic Records Producer

"Charlie had the ability to go for a feeling. Something that each and every one of us have felt, he could distill and put in front of you, so that you would feel it more acutely than you’d ever felt it before."

 -- Scott Billington Producer of Pictures and Paintings

"I think a guy who’s had just the right amount of booze can sing the blues a hell of a lot better than a guy who is stone sober."

 -- Charlie Rich

"I don’t think I ever recorded anyone who was better as a singer, writer, and player than Charlie Rich. It is all so effortless, the way he moves from rock to country to blues to jazz."

 -- Sam Phillips founder of Sun Records

"As a farmer, Charlie was a pretty good piano player."

 -- Margaret Ann Rich


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