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Charles Hodges
Charles (*1947 in Memphis, TN) is songwriter and organist. Hodges had several musical mentors in Memphis. Lawrence "Boo" Mitchell gave him opportunities and guidance, but he recalls the first time he heard his signature instrument, the Hammond organ.
"I first encountered it during Martin Luther King's March in 1967," Hodges said. "I went down to the church on Beale where Dr. King was supposed to give a speech. He came, but he was so late he didn't speak. Jesse Butler was one of the greatest organists I have ever heard in my life. They had a Hammond down there, and he played that organ. When he got off of it, I got on it. But it didn't sound anything like him." (From an interview, Charles gave to Joe Boone in 2014)
In the 1970's, he played in the group Hi-Rhythm, together with his brothers Leroy and Mabon. Charles played and recorded with Al Green, James Carr, Willie Cobbs, Albert Collins, Boz Scaggs and others.
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Solid Soul
Hi Records SHL 32045
released 1968
Willie Mitchell, trumpet
Charles Hodges, organ, piano
Leroy Hodges, bass
Mabon "Teenie" Hodges, guitar
Al Jackson jr., drums
On Top
Hi Records SHL 32048
released 1968
Willie Mitchell, trumpet
James Mitchell, tenor sax
Mabon "Teenie" Hodges, guitar
Charles Hodges, piano, organ
Leroy Hodges, bass
Howard Grimes, drums
Full Of Fire
HI UK LP 417
released 1976
recorded 1976 in Memphis, TN/USA
Al Green, vocals
Charles Hodges, organ
Leroy Hodges, bass
Howard Grimes, drums, congas
Teenie Hodges, guitar
James Mitchell, baritone sax
Andrew Love, tenor sax
Lewis Collins, tenor sax
Jack Hale, trombone
Wayne Jackson, trumpet
Flame Out
Lucky Seven Records CD 9201
released 1992
recorded December 1991/January 1992 in Memphis, TN/USA
Andrew Love, sax
Wayne Jackson, trombone, trumpet
Terry Manning, guitar
Marvell Thomas, keyboards
Charles Hodges, organ
Dywane Thomas, bass
Howard Grimes, drums
Steve Potts, drums
Crossing Bridges
Pointblank V2-87004
released 1993
recorded in Memphis, TN and Atlanta, GA/USA
Donald Kinsey, guitar, vocals, bass
Big Daddy Kinsey, harmonica
Andrew Love, sax
Rico McFarland, guitar
Ron Prince, guitar
Eddie Hawyrsch, organ
Sidney James Wingfield, organ, piano
Charles Hodges, organ
Kenneth Kinsey, bass
Ralph Kinsey, drums, percussion
Chris Robinson, vocals
Bullseye CDBB 9629
recorded in Memphis, TN/USA
Willie Cobbs, harmonica, vocals
Lannie McMIllian, tenor sax
Jim Spake, tenor sax
James Mitchell, baritone sax
Scott Thompson, trumpet
Thomas Bingham, guitar
Earl The Pearl, guitar
Mabon "Teenie" Hodges, guitar
Charles Hodges, organ
Fred Hodges, piano
John Weston, harmonica
Leroy Hodges, bass
Howard Grimes, drums
The Excello Singles Anthology
Hip-O Records B0000583-02
recorded early 1967 in Memphis, TN/USA
tracks CD2-07 to CD2-10:
Slim Harpo, vocals, harmonica, guitar
Mabon 'Teenie' Hodges, guitar
Charles Hodges, organ
Leroy Hodges, bass
Howard Grimes, drums
The Truth According To Ruthie Foster
Blue Corn Music BCM 70901
recorded in Memphis, TN and Hollywood, CA/USA
Ruthie Foster, guitar, Wurlitzer, vocals
Jimmy Roberts, tenor sax
Tom McGinnley, baritone sax
Jack Hale, trombone, trumpet
Wayne Jackson, trumpet
Robben Ford, guitar
Jim Dickinson, Hammond B-3 organ, piano
Charles Hodges, Hammond B-3 organ
Larry Fulcher, bass
Rock Deadrick, drums, tambourine
Meeting My Shadow
Ruf Records RUF 1239
recorded October 2016 in Memphis, TN/USA
Vanessa Collier, soprano sax, alto sax, tenor sax, flute, clavinet, Fender Rhodes, organ, percussion, vocals
Marc Franklin, trumpet, flugelhorn
Laura Chavez, guitar
Josh Roberts, slide guitar
Charles Hodges, clavinet, organ, Wurlitzer
Brenda Jackson, organ
Lenny Bradford, bass
Daniel McKee, bass
Nicholas Stevens, drums
Silver Lining
Copenhagen Records 22274
recorded in Tarrytown, NY, Union City, NJ, Memphis, TN, Montclain, NJ, Hollywood, CA, Burbank, CA/USA
Michael Lington, alto sax
Gary Topper, tenor sax
Kirk Smothers, baritone sax
Jason Yasinsky, trombone
Scott Thompson, trumpet
Michael Stever, trumpet
Carl Burnett, guitar
Paul Jackson jr., guitar
Ray Parker jr., guitar
Dave Stewart, guitar
Michael Toles, guitar
Jeff Babko, Hammond organ
Charles Hodges, Hammond organ
Shedrick Mitchell, Hammond organ
Lester Snell, Hammond organ
Barry J. Eastmond, piano, synthesizer, Wurlitzerv Alex Al, bass
Freddie Washington, bass
Leroy Hodges, bass
Steve Potts, drums
Teddy Campbell, drums
Jack Ashford, tambourine
Lenny Castro, percussion
Down Yonder
Segue Records SRVT2019

Vaneese Thomas, vocals
Ken Gioffre, tenor sax
Lannie McMillian, tenor sax
Rick Kriska, baritone sax
Kirk Smothers, baritone sax
Marc Franklin, trumpet
Tim Ouimette, trumpet, flugelhorn
Tash Neal, guitar, dobro
Wayne Warnecke, dobro
Charles Hodges, organ
Robbie Kondor, keyboards, organ
Paul Mariconda, organ
Katie Jacoby, violin
Paul Adamy, bass
Conrad Korsch, bass
Will Lee, bass
Shawn Pelton, drums, percussion

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