CHARLES DAVIS (of The Contours) with THE VANDELLAS and MARK SCOTT at The Crofoot Ballroom

SATURDAY JUNE 4, 2011
doors at 7pm
tickets: $10 advance / $12 day of (buy tickets)

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Robert Charles Davis was born April 22, 1953, in Jackson, Mississippi. The family moved to Detroit, Michigan in 1963 - just when Motown began making a name for itself.

His family loved music so it was quite natural for him to share that love. Inspired by groups such as The Temptations, The Four Tops, The Originals, and The Dells, Charles and his brothers Moses and Leonard (Pee Wee), and a few friends started a group known as The Chosen Few. They performed locally and, after winning a talent show in 1972, the group turned professional. Within weeks, Charles’ brother Moses was killed by street violence, and by 1974 the group broke up.

After stints in both the United States Navy & Army, Charles returned to the states. He started a day job and night school, but still managed to perform.

While singing with some friends, Charles was introduced to Martin (Bennie) Upshire who, at that time, was the lead singer for The Contours. They became good friends. In 1984 there was an opening in the group and Bennie invited Charles to audition. Much to his excitement, he passed the audition and found himself sharing the stage with Joe Billingslea, an original member of The Contours – and one of his inspirations as a young man.

Charles still performs with The Contours to this day. In addition, as a solo artist, Charles performs hits by his favorite artists and songs he has written and recorded himself.

With THE VANDELLAS and MARK SCOTT

 

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