Charlie Owen, born in Birmingham, Alabama was raised in Washington, D.C. where he satisfied his early musical thirst playing trumpet first in elementary school then in the high school marching band and orchestra.
In his twenties, Charlie was a member of the house band at the Stardust Lounge in Waldorf, MD, playing dance sets between national act shows with The Everly Brothers, Dennis Yost & The Classics Four, Johnny Maestro & The Brooklyn Bridge, Barbara Mandrell, Gary Puckett & the Union Gap and others.
1981 found Charlie in the San Francisco Bay area and it was not too long before he was fronting a great R&B outfit, The Dynatones, touring nationally. During his tenure in the Dynatones the band opened for James Brown, Etta James, Roomful of Blues, Bonnie Bramlett, The Drifters and others.
After his stint in the Dynatones Charlie was the vocalist with the house band at Larry Blake’s Rathskeller in Berkeley, CA. Know as the Rat Band for short. The bandleader was future Robert Cray rhythm guitarist Tim Kaihatsu who also did the booking for the venue. During this time such notables as Etta James, Earl King, Johnny Adams and Tracy Nelson among many others played at Larry Blakes with the house band backing and Charlie doing opening sets. Some of the Bay Area’s finest musicians played in the Rat Band during this time period. Jim Pugh (organ – piano) who went on to play with Etta James and then Robert Cray for a quarter of a century. Kevin Hayes (drums) played many years with Robert Cray. David Matthews (organ – piano) Etta James and current Carlos Santana keyboardist. Karl Sevareid (bass) played with Robert Cray many years. Steve Evans (bass) Chris Cain, Maria Muldaur, Rogers – Manzarek Band. Terry Hanck (sax) Elvin Bishop and now doing well with his own solo career.
Now, based in Maryland he has released a fine CD “Worth The Wait” featuring many of San Francisco Bay Area’s finest sidemen, who provide a perfect foundation for the soul of this fine singer.
Charlie Owen is admired by musicians and fans alike for his sense of melody, harmony and the
clarity of his voice.