Charlie McCoy

Biography

A member of the Country Music Hall Of Fame.

There are numerous super-session musicians in Nashville, but very few with the longevity of Charlie McCoy. In addition to being a fixture in Nashville studios for 48 years, he also has his own recording career going full tilt. (He has recorded 35 solo albums.) He served as the music director for eighteen years for the syndicated television series, “Hee Haw."

Charlie McCoy began working sessions in the early 60s, one of the first being “Candy Man” by Roy Orbison. “Forty nine dollars," says Charlie. That’s how much I was paid for that session back in 1961. “It got Roy another hit and me a career. For a twenty year old to make $49 for three hours work back then, it was a dream.

Shortly after the release of “Candy Man," Charlie became one of the in-demand session players in Nashville. His session credits are literally a who’s who of country music. For a fifteen year stretch, he did more than 400 sessions a year. A grand total would number more than 12,000. (and he’s still going) In the last twenty years, he has been touring more with many appearances in Europe and Japan.

In addition to country sessions, Charlie was a mainstay on Elvis Presley recordings both in Nashville and Los Angeles. When Bob Dylan recorded “Highway 61," “Blond On Blond," “John Wesley Harding," and “Nashville Skyline," Charlie was there, playing on these land-mark recordings. He was also heard on Simon and Garfunkle’s “The Boxer” in addition to many hits from genres other than country music.

Charlie McCoy began recording for Monument Records in the late 60s and recorded 14 albums for the label, beginning with “The World Of Charlie McCoy." He won the Grammy in 1972 for his album, “The Real McCoy" He won CMA’s “Instrumentalist Of The Year” two times and the Academy Of Country Music’s “Specialty Instrument Award” seven times. He is a member of the "Country Music Hall of Fame," the “International Musician’s Hall Of Fame” and the “West Virginia Music Hall Of Fame."

Albums

The World of Charlie McCoy

May 1967

The Real McCoy (1968 version)

June 1968

The Real McCoy

February 1971

Charlie McCoy

September 1972

Good Time Charlie

March 1973

The Fastest Harp in the South

October 1973

The Nashville Hit Man

August 1974

Charlie McCoy Christmas

1974

Charlie My Boy

March 1975

Harpin' The Blues

November 1975

Play It Again Charlie

September 1976

Country Cookin'

July 1977

Greatest Hits

January 1978

Appalachian Fever

November 1979

One For the Road

February 1986

Charlie McCoy's 13th

September 1988

Beam Me Up Charlie

May 1989

Harmonica Jones*

August 1987

Another Side of Charlie McCoy*

March 1988

Candlelight, Wine and Charlie*

April 1989

International Incident*

July 1990

Out On A Limb

September 1991

Live in Paris*

January 1993

International Airport*

January 1993

Choo Choo Ch'Boogie*

September 1994

American Roots*

May 1995

Precious Memories

July 1998

Le Legende Country*

September 1998

Classic Country

April 2003

Czech Mates, Live in Brno*

June 2004

Bouchon, Live in France*

July 2004

A Celtic Bridge*

May 2006

Charlie's Christmas Angels*

November 2007

Over the Rainbow

December 2008