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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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Discography
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
Part Time Love
Hi Records SHL 32059
released 1970
Ann Peebles, vocals
Ed Logan, tenor sax
Jack Hale, trombone
Mabon "Teenie" Hodges, guitar
Charles Hodges, organ
Leroy Hodges, bass
Howard Grimes, drums
Straight From The Heart
Hi Records SHL 32065
released 1971
Ann Peebles, vocals
Ed Logan, tenor sax, vocals
Andrew Love, tenor sax, vocals
Jack Hale, trombone
Wayne Jackson, trumpet
Mabon "Teenie" Hodges, guitar
Charles Hodges, organ, piano
Leroy Hodges, bass
James Mitchell, bass, vocals
Howard Grimes, drums
Let's Stay Together
Hi Records SHL 32070
released 1972
recorded in Memphis, TN/USA
Al Green, vocals
Ed Logan, tenor sax
Andrew Love, tenor sax
James Mitchell, baritone sax, bass
Jack Hale, trombone
Wayne Jackson, trumpet
Mabon "Teenie" Hodges, guitar
Charles Hodges, organ, piano
Leroy Hodges, bass
Howard Grimes, drums
Al Jackson jr., drums
I'm Still In Love With You
Hi Records XSHL 32074
released 1972
recorded in Memphis, TN/USA
Al Green, vocals
Ed Logan, tenor sax
Andrew Love , tenor sax
James Michell, tenor sax, baritone sax
Jack Hale, trombone
Wayne Jackson, trumpet
Charles Hodges, organ, piano
Mabon "Teenie" Hodges, guitar
Leroy Hodges, bass
Howard Grimes, drums
Al Jackson jr., drums
Call Me
Hi Records XSHL 32077
released 1973
recorded in Memphis, TN/USA
Al Green, vocals
Ed Logan, tenor sax
Andrew Love, tenor sax
James Mitchell, baritone sax
Jack Hale, trombone
Wayne Jackson, trumpet
Mabon "Teenie" Hodges, guitar
Charles Hodges, organ, piano
Archie Turner, piano
The Memphis Strings
Leroy Hodges, bass
Howard Grimes, drums
Al Jackson jr., drums
Livin' For You
Hi Records ASHL 32082
released 1973
recorded in Memphis, TN/USA
Al Green, vocals
Ed Logan, tenor sax
Andrew Love, tenor sax
James Mitchell, baritone sax
Jack Hale, trombone, trumpet
Wayne Jackson, trumpet
Mabon "Teenie" Hodges, guitar
Michael Allen, piano
James Brown, piano
Charles Hodges, organ, piano
Archie Turner, piano
The Memphis Strings
Leroy Hodges, bass
Howard Grimes, drums, bongos, congas
Al Jackson jr., drums
On The Loose
Westbound Records WB 2016
released 1973
Denise LaSalle, vocals
Lewis Collins, horn
Andrew Love, horn
Gene Miller, horn
James Mitchell, horn
Mabon "Teenie" Hodges, guitar
Leo LeBlanc, steel guitar
Michael Toles, guitar
Charles Hodges, organ
Marvell Thomas, organ, piano
Leon Aldridge, bass
Leroy Hodges, bass
Howard Grimes, drums
Charles Jenkins, drums
I Can't Stand The Rain
Hi Records XSHL 32079
released 1974
recorded in Memphis, TN/USA
Ann Peebles, vocals
Andrew Love, tenor sax
Ed Logan, tenor sax
James Mitchell, baritone sax
Jack Hale, trombone
Wayne Jackson, trumpet
Teenie Hodges, guitar
Charles Hodges, organ, piano
Archie Turner, piano
The Memphis Strings
Leroy Hodges, bass
Howard Grimes, drums
Explores Your Mind
Hi Records SHL 32087
released 1974
recorded in Memphis, TN/USA
Al Green, vocals
Ed Logan, tenor sax
Andrew Love, tenor sax
James Mitchell, baritone sax
Jack Hale, trombone
Wayne Jackson, trumpet
Mabon "Teenie" Hodges, guitar
Michael Allen, piano
Charles Hodges, organ, piano
Archie Turner, piano
The Memphis Strings
Leroy Hodges, bass
Howard Grimes, drums, bongos, congas
Greatest Hits
Hi Records SHL 32089
released 1975
compilation
Al Green, vocals
Ed Logan, tenor sax
Andrew Love, tenor sax
James Mitchell, baritone sax
Jack Hale, trombone
Wayne Jackson, trumpet
Teenie Hodges, guitar
Michael Allen, piano
Charles Hodges, organ, piano
Archie Turner, piano
Leroy Hodges, bass
Howard Grimes, drums, bongos, congas
Al Jackson jr., drums, bongos, congas
Tellin' It
Hi Records SHL 32091
released 1975
recorded in Memphis, TN/USA
Ann Peebles, vocals
James Mitchell, baritone sax
Jack Hale, trombone
Wayne Jackson, trumpet
Mabon "Teenie" Hodges, guitar
Charles Hodges, organ, piano
Archie Turner, piano
The Memphis Strings
Leroy Hodges, bass
Howard Grimes, drums
Al Green Is Love
Hi Records SHL 32092
released 1975
recorded in Memphis, TN/USA
Al Green, vocals
Lewis Collins, tenor sax
Andrew Love, tenor sax
James Mitchell, baritone sax
Jack Hale, trombone
Wayne Jackson, trumpet
Mabon "Teenie" Hodges, guitar
Larry Lee, guitar
Michael Allen, piano
Charles Hodges, organ, piano
Archie Turner, piano
Leroy Hodges, bass
Howard Grimes, drums. bongos, congas
Congo Lou, drums, congas
Full Of Fire
HI UK LP 417
released 1976
recorded 1976 in Memphis, TN/USA
Al Green, vocals
Andrew Love, tenor sax
Lewis Collins, tenor sax
James Mitchell, baritone sax
Jack Hale, trombone
Wayne Jackson, trumpet
Teenie Hodges, guitar
Charles Hodges, organ
Leroy Hodges, bass
Howard Grimes, drums, congas
Have A Good Time
Hi Records SHL 32103
released 1976
recorded in Memphis, TN/USA
Al Green, vocals
Andrew Love, alto sax
Lewis Collins, tenor sax
Bill Easley, tenor sax
James Mitchell, baritone sax
Jack Hale, trombone, trumpet
Jackie Thomas, trombone
Wayne Jackson, trumpet
Mabon "Teenie" Hodges, guitar
Michael Toles, guitar, sitar
Michael Allen, piano
James Brown, piano
Charles Hodges, organ
Archie Turner, piano
The Memphis Strings
Leroy Hodges, bass
Gene Christman, drums
Howard Grimes, drums, bongos, congas
If This Is Heaven
Hi Records HLP 6002
released 1977
recorded in Memphis, TN/USA
Ann Peebles, vocals
Bill Easley, alto sax, tenor sax
Lannie McMIllian, tenor sax
James Mitchell, baritone sax
Bill Blores, trombone
Bill Flores, trombone
Jackie Thomas, trombone
Ben Cauley, trumpet
Edgar Matthews, trumpet
Mabon "Teenie" Hodges, guitar
Michael Toles, guitar, sitar
James Brown, piano
Charles Hodges, organ
Archie Turner, piano
Leroy Hodges, bass
Howard Grimes, drums, bongos, congas
Greatest Hits
Hi Records HI UK CD 100
released 1981
compilation
Ann Peebles, vocals
Lewis Collins, tenor sax
Ed Logan, tenor sax
Andrew Love, tenor sax
James Mitchell, baritone sax
Jack Hale, trombone
Wayne Jackson, trumpet
Mabon "Teenie" Hodges, guitar
Charles Hodges, organ, piano
Leroy Hodges, organ, piano, bass
Archie Turner, piano
The Memphis Strings
Howard Grimes, drums
Love Ritual
Hi Records 443
released 1989
rare & previously unreleased 1968-76
Al Green, vocals
The Memphis Horns
Mabon "Teenie" Hodges, guitar
Mitchell Allen, organ, piano
Charles Hodges, organ, piano
Archie Turner, organ, piano
The Memphis Strings
Leroy Hodges, bass
Howard Grimes, drums, percussion
Alan Jackson, drums, percussion
Conga Lou, percussion
Iceman
Virgin VPBCD 3
released 1991
recorded in Shipton On Cherwell/Great Britain
Albert Collins, guitar, vocals
Crispin Cioe, alto sax, baritone sax
Arno Hecht, tenor sax
Bob Funk, trombone
Paul Litterall, trumpet
Debbie Davies, guitar
Mabon "Teenie" Hodges, guitar
Jack Holder, guitar
Eddie Harsch, keyboards
Charles Hodges, organ
Johnny B. Gayden, bass
Soko Richardson, drums, percussion
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
Full Time Love
Bullseye Blues BB 9515
released 1992
recorded in Memphis, TN/USA
Ann Peebles, vocals Doug James, baritone sax
Andrew Love, sax
Wayne Jackson, trombone, trumpet
The Memphis Horns
Thomas Bingham, guitar, piano
Little Jimmy King, guitar
Terry Manning, guitar, vocals
Don Bryant, Wurlitzer piano
Charles Hodges, organ, piano
Donald Bryant, piano
Archie Turner, piano
Sugar Ray Norcia, harmonica
Leroy Hodges, bass
Howard Grimes, drums, percussion
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
Ramblin' Man
Bullseye CDBB 9629
recorded in Memphis, TN and Chicago, IL/USA
Big Daddy Kinsey, guitar, harmonica, vocals
Andrew Love, tenor sax
Wayne Jackson, trombone, trumpet
The Memphis Horns
Donald Kinsey, slide guitar, guitar
John Primer, guitar
Charles Hodges, piano, organ
Johnnie Johnson, piano
Carey Bell, harmonica
Donald Kinsey, guitar
Johnny B. Gayden, bass
Koko Taylor, vocals
Jukin'
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
Memphis
429 Records FTN 17934
recorded in Memphis, TN and Napa Valley, CA/USA
Boz Scaggs, guitar, vocals
Lannie McMillan, tenor sax
Jim Horn, baritone sax
Lawrence "Boo" Mitchell, horn, strings, percussion
Royal Horns
Jack Hale, trombone
Ben Cauley, trumpet
Ray Parker jr., guitar
Rick Vito, guitar
Eddie Willis, guitar
Keb' Mo', slide dobro
Jim Cox, Fender Rhodes, organ, Wurlitzer piano
Charles Hodges, organ, Wurlitzer piano
Spooner Oldham, organ, Wurlitzer piano
Lester Snell, Wurlitzer piano
Charlie Musselwhite, harmonica
Jack Ashford, vibes
Royal Strings, string section
David Hungate, bass
Willie Weeks, bass
Shannon Forrest, drums
Steve Jordan, drums, percussion
Soul Changes
Red River Entertainment CDREDR530880
recorded Febraury 2013 in Memphis, TN
recorded December 2012; March and May 2013 in Brooklyn, NY/USA
Dave Keller, guitar, vocals
Geoff Countryman, tenor sax, baritone sax
Lannie McMillan jr., tenor sax
Kirk Smothers, baritone sax
Rick Parker, trombone
Joe Ancowitz, trumpet
Marc Franklin, trumpet
Mabon "Teenie" Hodges, guitar
Bobby Manuel, guitar
Wes Mingus, guitar
Charles Hodges, organ
Adam Klipple, keyboards, piano
Lester Snell, piano
Leroy Hodges, bass
Ben Zwerin, bass
Gintas Janusonis, drums, percussion
Soulsville
EastWest 0190295962654
recorded in Memphis, TN/USA
Beverley Knight, percussion, vocals
Kameron Whalum, trombone
Scott Thompson, trumpet
Justin Stanley, guitar, bass, percussion
Tyler Chester, Vox organ, bass
Charles Hodges, organ
Jools Holland, piano
Deron Johnson, Wurlitzer piano
Archie Turner, piano
string section
Chris Bruce, bass
Leroy Hodges, bass
Abe Rounds, drums, percussion
Jamie Cullum, vocals
Kirk Smoothers, vocals
Sam Moore, vocals
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
Mojo
no label

Al Corté, percussion, vocals
Lannie McMillan, tenor sax
Jim Spake, tenor sax
Kirk Smothers, baritone sax
Bob Dowell, trombone
Marc Franklin, trumpet, flugelhorn
Michael Toles, guitar
Brad Webb, slide guitar
Ron Miller, guitar, piano, Wurlitzer piano, violin
Charles Hodges, organ, piano
Lawrence "Boo" Mitchell, piano
Jessie Munson, violin
Wen Yi Yu, violin
Jennifer Puckett, viola
Jonathan Kirkscey, cello
John Németh, harmonica
Leroy Hodges, bass
Steve Potts, drums
Stefanie Bolton, vocals
Sharisse Norman, vocals
Candice Rayburn, vocals
Memphis... Yes, I'm Ready
Okeh 88985406112
recorded September 2016 in Memphis, TN/USA
Dee Dee Bridgewater, vocals
Lannie McMillan, tenor sax
Kirk Smothers, tenor sax
Kirk Whalum, tenor sax, baritone sax
Kameron Whalum, trombone
Marc Franklin, trumpet
Garry Goin, guitar
Charles Hodges, Hammond organ
John Stoddart, keyboards
Jackie Clark, bass
James Sexton, drums
Lawrence "Boo" Mitchell, cymbals, bongos,tambourine
Don't Give Up On Love
Fat Possum Records FP1607-2
recorded in Memphis, TN/USA
Don Bryant, vocals
Kirk Smothers, sax
John Paul Keith, guitar
Joe Restivo, guitar
Charles Hodges, organ
Archie Turner, keyboards
Yennifer Correia, strings
Jonathan Kirkscey, strings
Jessie Munson, strings
Jennifer Puckett, strings
Scott Bomar, bass
Howard Grimes, drums
Chris Barnes, vocals
Courtney Barnes, vocals
Danielle Hill, vocals
Susan Marshall, vocals
Percy Wiggins, vocals
Feelin' Freaky
Memphis Grease Records MGRCD001
recorded in Memphis, TN/USA
John Németh, harmonica, vocals
Art Edmaiston, tenor sax, baritone sax
Marc Franklin, trumpet, flugelhorn
Johnny Rhoades, guitar
Matt Wilson, guitar, bass
Charles Hodges, organ
Danny Banks, 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
Love Lives On
Get Along Records 3441
recorded in Memphis, TN/USA
Dana Fuchs, guitar, vocals
Marc Franklin, horn
Kirk Smothers, horn
Jon Diamond, guitar, harmonica
Eric Lewis, mandolin
Charles Hodges, organ
Glenn Patscha, Wurlitzer piano
Jack Daley, bass
Steve Potts, drums
Felix Hernandez, congas
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
You Make Me Feel
Fat Possum Records FP1747-2
recorded in Memphis, TN and Chicago, IL/USA
Don Bryant, vocals
Art Edmaiston, sax
Kirk Smothers, sax
Marc Franklin, trumpet
Joe Restivo, guitar
Scott Bomar, guitar, keyboards, bass, percussion
Al Gamble, keyboards
Charles Hodges, organ
Archie Turner, keyboards
string section
Howard Grimes, drums, percussion
The Coldwater Sessions
Vizztone Label Group VT-JDT01
recorded in Memphis, TN and Coldwater, MS/USA
JD Taylor, harmonica, vocals
Art Edmaiston, tenor sax, baritone sax
Marc Franklin, trumpet, mellophone
John Hay, guitar
John Holiday, guitar
Zack Lees, guitar
Joe Restivo, guitar
Landon Stone, guitar
Charles Hodges, Hammond B-3 organ, piano
Mikey Junior, harmonica, vocals
Matt Wilson, bass
Danny Banks, drums
Kevin Houston, percussion
Love Me Madly
Blue Élan Records BER1260
recorded in Southaven, MS; Nashville, TN and Memphis, TN/USA
Gina Sicilia, vocals
Art Edmaiston, tenor sax
Kirk Smothers, baritone sax
Marc Franklin, horn, trumpet
Cody Dickinson, guitar, keyboards, bass, drums
Luther Dickinson, guitar
Charles Hodges, organ
Jessie Munson, violin
Wen Yi Yu, violin
Jennifer Puckett, viola
The Triangle
BMG 538545932
Lisa Mills, guitar, vocals
Jim Hoke, sax
Steve Herman, trumpet
Fred Mollin, guitar
Michael Toles, guitar
Brennan White, guitar
John Willis, guitar
Sam Brady, keyboards
Charles Hodges, Hammond B-3 organ
Clayton Ivey, keyboards
Lester Snell, keyboards
Leroy Hodges, bass
Bob Wray, bass
Justin Holder, drums, percussion
George Lawrence, drums, percussion
Steve Potts, drums, percussion

 
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