(2013) I Love You Madly

Charlie & Ray

... read moreThe R&B duo Charlie & Ray never had a hit, but their "I Love You Madly" was on the cusp of charting nationally before a cover version by the Four Coins prevailed. I Love You Madly collects practically everything Charlie & Ray recorded for Herald Records in the mid-'50s, including the previously...

39′:06″ 16 Songs

1
Charlie & Ray
I Love You Madly
2:00
2
Charlie & Ray
Guess I'm Through With Love
2:43
3
Charlie & Ray
Mad With You, Baby
2:36
4
Charlie & Ray
Oo Gee, Oo Wee
2:28
5
Charlie & Ray
The Closest Thing To An Angel
2:09
6
Charlie & Ray
Take A Look At Me
2:53
7
Charlie & Ray
Sweet Thing
2:22
8
Charlie & Ray
You're To Blame
2:46
9
Charlie & Ray
Little Fool
2:25
10
Charlie & Ray
Oh Yes
2:46
11
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Dearest One
2:16
12
Charlie & Ray
Certainly Baby
2:35
13
Charlie & Ray
My Lovin' Baby
2:39
14
Charlie & Ray
Tag Along
2:16
15
Charlie & Ray
I Gotta Have You
2:11
16
Charlie & Ray
I Love You Madly (Alternate Take)
2:01
Released 20 July 2013, ℗ Nifty Music, Inc.

Review

The R&B duo Charlie & Ray never had a hit, but their "I Love You Madly" was on the cusp of charting nationally before a cover version by the Four Coins prevailed. I Love You Madly collects practically everything Charlie & Ray recorded for Herald Records in the mid-'50s, including the previously unreleased "Tag Along." The group's ebullient sound and harmony vocals, paired with good material and professional production values, add up to a spate of potential hits that were unaccountably spurned in the marketplace. A few cuts evince traces of rock & roll, and all of them sound racially ambiguous enough to have given the duo a chance on the pop charts. Charlie & Ray may be a marginal act as far as the R&B history books are concerned, but serious listeners who seek them out will be delighted by their music. ~ Greg Adams