BiographyCharlie Karp is and award-winning songwriter, singer and guitarist. His professional start began in 1970, when he was chosen to record with Buddy Miles as a teenager. Buddy Miles was Mercury Record's number one R&B artist and renowned drummer at the time. Charlie recorded four albums with Miles in two years including the legendary Them Changes. He toured internationally with Buddy Miles, including opening for Jimi Hendrix. In 1972, Charlie left to form his own band White Chocolate with David Hull on bass. The group was quickly signed by RCA Records. Later that year he also recorded Vindicater with Arthur Lee of Love fame on A&M records. Today this group still has an underground following.
In 1975, Charlie was signed to Seymour Stein's Sire Records and released a single called Rock & Roll Love Letter, which was later covered by the Bay City Rollers. Charlie and Hull later reformed their band and called it The Dirty Angels. They were signed to Private Stock Records and recorded Kiss Tomorrow Goodbye, which was produced by Richard Gotterher. In 1979, The Dirty Angels, now with A&M Records, toured with Aerosmith on the Double Live Bootleg Tour.
In the 80s, Charlie did many sessions as a songwriter and a guitarist and write songs for Joan Jett and Joe Perry from Aerosmith. He also produced the memorable Ram Jam of Black Betty fame. In 1987 Charlie recorded a solo album called Charlie Karp and the Name Droppers. In the last decade, he has been writing and producing with Danny Kortchmar (producer/guitarist for James Taylor, Carole King, Don Henley, and Billy Joel among others) for their band Slo Leak, a unique blend of blues, funk, electronica, and R&B, that has released three cd's to date.
Beside producing his own albums, Cheese and Charlie Karp and the Namedroppers, and VonHeimburg After Dark, Charlie is an EMMY award-winning producer who produces music for sports networks, documentaries, and feature films.
You can also catch Charlie playing around the tri-state area with Slo Leak and The Namedroppers in clubs and at private parties. He has performed and lent his support to many charitable causes including the late Paul Newman's Hole in the Wall Foundation, Make-a-Wish Foundation, and several cancer survivor benefits.
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