Induct Charlie Hodge into The Rock 'n' Roll Hall of Fame
Charlie wore many hats during his 17 years with Elvis Presley, both onstage and off. In 2000 The Rock 'n' Roll Hall of Fame introduced the category as "Sidemen" which fits Charlie's role with Elvis like a glove. Today the name has changed to "Rock 'n' Roll Hall of Fame Award For Musical Excellence". It honors those musicians, producers and others who have spent their careers out of the spotlight working with major artists on various parts of their recording and live careers. Though they often play a key role in the creation of memorable music, the public rarely knows them by name. A separate committee selects the inductees in this category. Elvis fans know Charlie worldwide as the guy that gave Elvis his water, his scarves, and sang harmony for him. Onstage he was the stage manager, offstage he was involved in the auditioning of the musicians and backup singers, he was involved with choosing the songs sung in the live show, he was a part of many studio recordings, movie roles, rehearsals both at home in private as well as with the band. As J.D. Sumner put it, "Charlie was the most important person next to Elvis in the Elvis Presley show." He was on the number one syndicated television show in the country called "The Ozark Jubilee", which at that time it rivaled The Grand Ole Opry. As fate would have it Elvis came backstage to meet Charlie who was performing with his quartet in Memphis. It was not long afterward that Charlie turned his back on his own spotlight and devoted his energy into helping his best friend shine. He's a member of the group that is sorely overlooked and needs to be recognized with an induction.
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