West coast based Charles Perry is an artist that some Northern fans know for his beautifully rendered big city ballad “Move On Love” but if you delve a little deeper into his recording career there are other sides worth listening to as well. I’ll Walk Through The Darkness bridges the gap between doo-wop and soul, with Perry’s high baritone swooping and soaring over the stop-go rhythm. Love that falsetto burst at the end too. But It Doesn’t Matter Anymore is a much more serious proposition altogether. No female chorus to get in the way of some really high quality gospel based vocals from the man. The arrangement is low key as well – just a small rhythm section - and that simply emphasises just how well Perry gets his message across – and how much the song’s title is at variance with his real feelings.
UPDATE ~ My great freind Greg Burgess has been carrying out some more excellent detective work. He writes to say that
After he cut ‘How Can I (keep from crying)’ in 1965 with Joe Jefferson producing (the same Joe Jefferson with numerous writing and producing credits in the 70s?) the trail goes cold."
As ever I'm really grateful to Greg for his first class sleuthing.
If there wasn't any you / I'll
walk through the darkness ~ MELIC 4119 (1963)
I've gotta feeling called the blues / It doesn't matter anymore ~ MELIC 4138 (1963)
How can I / Move on love ~ MAGNUM 728 / MUTT & JEFF 16 / MGM 13621 (1965)
Note: The Mutt & Jeff 45 is considerably shorter than the Melic/MGM releases.