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About the video
The legendary Charlie Waller from a live set at Bluegrass First Class Feb 17,
2001 in Asheville, NC.
About the artist
Charlie Waller (Born Charles Otis Waller, January 19, 1935 – August 18, 2004)
was the lead singer and guitarist for the legendary bluegrass band the Country
Gentlemen. Waller was involved with the Country Gentlemen for 47 years. As a
member of the Country Gentlemen, Waller was inducted into the International
Bluegrass Music Hall of Honor in 1996.
Waller was born in Jointerville, Texas and moved to Louisiana at a young age
with his family. He began to play guitar at the age of 10. Later he moved to
Baltimore, Maryland, where he worked before returning to Louisiana in 1956.
Back in Louisiana Waller continued to work as an entertainer, making
appearances on television. In 1957 he returned to the Washington, D.C. area,
where he met mandolinist John Duffey. The Country Gentlemen were formed
that year, including Bethesda, Maryland native Bill Emerson on banjo.
The Country Gentlemen achieved fame across the United States and
internationally. While more than 100 musicians have been members at one time,
Waller was an original member of the group and has many famous songs to his
credit. The band released a new album, Songs of the American Spirit, in
On August 18, 2004 Charlie Waller suffered a massive heart attack at his
Gordonsville, Virginia home. A month before his death Charlie Waller told his
bus driver, Kenny Wurzburger, that he had a pain in his liver. An autopsy would
reveal that Charlie was in the early stages of liver cancer at the time of his death.