9th Ward Daily Photo via rl reeves jr

Bobby Charles’ ‘Street People’ dropped way back in 1972 on his self-titled debut LP on Bearsville (Bearsville BR2104).

You may know him from ‘Walking To New Orleans’ a little diddy he penned that Fats Domino made famous.

Robert Charles Guidry was born in the heart of Louisiana’s cattle country, Abbeville, in 1938. Charles was a phenom out in Acadiana and soon attracted the attention of Leonard Chess who pressed his first single “Later Alligator” (Chess 1609) when Bobbby was only 17 years old.

The record was recorded at Cosimo Matassa’s studio on Rampart Street in New Orleans. “Alligator” didn’t get any traction until Bill Haley and the Comets dropped a version the following year that sold a million copies and went all the way to #6 on the Billboard charts.

Bobby Charles would never taste those heights in spite of his songs being recorded by the likes of Bo Diddley, David Allan Coe, Etta James, Joe Cocker, and Clarence Frogman Henry.

Charles passed away at the age of 71 in January of 2010

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