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Charles Wilson was raised in Chicago, began performing at age seven and started singing as a teenager in Chicago area nightclubs. Blessed with a unique Soul voice, Wilson has become a fixture on the Southern Soul circuit. Blues king Little Milton is his uncle, but his break came when he got the opportunity to go on the road with Bobby Rush. Wilson waxed his first single in 1964, but "Trying To Make A Wrong Thing Right," didn't do much; his next effort "You Cut Off My Love Supply" wasn't a smash either but it established Wilson as a blues player of note. He drifted into Southern soul when he cut his first album "Blues In The Key Of C" on Ichiban Records in 1991. After one disc for James Bennett's Traction Records he found his most success recording with Ecko Records. His first, "It's Sweet On The Backstreet" (1995), was one of the first few releases for the fledgling label. It sold respectably and songs like "In The Room Next To The Room" impacted Southern Soul radio but it was the followup, "Love Seat" (1996), that gave Wilson his first major hit with the salacious title cut. Wilson and label tried to follow that up with more sex-themed songs on both "It Ain't The Size" (1997) and "Mr Freak" (1998) but to lesser success. In the midst of his tenure with Ecko he also recorded an album for James Bennett's Traction Records (1997's "Why").

Following a split with Ecko Wilson started his own label, Wilson Records, which scored a regional hit on one of his artists, The Mystery Man ("Bedroom Workout"). Encouraged by the initial success Wilson Records released CDs by Maurice Davis, Lee Shot Williams, Mystery Man and Wilson himself in 2002 featuring the usual keyboard programmed music common to the genre. His career then hit another upswing when he recorded a bona fide Blues album for Delmark Records, "If Heartaches Were Nickels", which featured Little Milton and Carl Weathersby on guitar. The album earned Wilson a W.C. Handy nomination for "Best Soul/Blues Album" of 2004.

Since that time he's returned to modern Southern Soul mould by releasing a couple more middling albums for his own label but it was an obscure singer named Will T that scored a moderate hit for the label with "Mississippi Boy", a track that appeared on a compilation CD called "Soul Blues Vol. 2" and then again on Wilson's own "If It Ain't Broke Don't Fix It" LP. Trying to capitalize on the songs' success Wilson added his own version on his next album, "Sexual Healing" but it was Denise LaSalle who got a big hit out of hit (re-named "Mississippi Woman") for Wilson's former label Ecko. Overtime though the song has become mostly identified with Wilson.

Wilson next signed with CDS Records, recording three albums for the California-based label ("The After Party Deluxe" (2007), "Pay Myself First" (2009) & "That Girl Belongs To Me" (2010)). During that time Severn Records also released a more "retro"-Soul-Blues album on Wilson called "Troubled Child". 

Album Discography

"Blues In The Key Of C" (Ichiban 1991)"Blues In The Key Of C" (Ichiban 1991)

1. Who's It Going to Be
2. Is It Over
3. Leaning Tree
4. You Cut Off My Love Supply
5. Let's Have a Good Time
6. Selfish Lover
7. It's a Crying Shame
8. I've Got a Good Woman

charles wilson "It's Sweet On The Backstreet" (Ecko 1995) "It's Sweet On The Backstreet" (Ecko 1995)

1. In the Room Next to the Room
2. I've Got Trouble in My Bedroom
3. Homewreckers
4. Keepin' up With the Joneses
5. Over at Fannie Mae's
6. It's Sweet on the Backstreet
7. Old Man Jody's Son
8. Slow Down, Lowdown Kind of Love
9. I Wanna Do You Tonight
10. Wife, Woman and Lover

charles wilson why "Why?" (Traction 1997)

1. Part Time Lover, Full Time Fool
2. Why?
3. If Walls Could Talk
4. Broke and Raggedy Blues
5. Tell Him
6. Good Thing Man
7. Is It Over?
8. Home Wrecker
9. Ain't Nothing Wrong With Cheating
10. Is It Him or Is It Me?

 charles wilson love seat "Love Seat" (Ecko 1998)

1. Cheater's Nightmare
2. Backdoor Lover
3. Snapper
4. Goin' Back to Cheatin'
5. Two Steps Behind
6. Sooner or Later
7. Love Seat
8. Right in the Middle of Wrong
9. Viagra Song, The
10. Private Affair

"It Ain't The Size" (Ecko 1999) "It Ain't The Size" (Ecko 1999)

1. If You've Got a Love Problem
2. It Ain't the Size
3. Give a Woman What She Wants
4. We Ought to Be Doin' It
5. Keep It a Secret
6. Fireman
7. Two Wrongs Made a Right
8. Outside Woman
9. You Can't Out Cheat the Cheater
10. Cheater's Paradise

charles wilson mr freak "Mr. Freak" (Ecko 2000)

1. Mr. Freak
2. Let's Stomp
3. You Can't Lose What You Never Had
4. Why Should I Get Married When My Neighbor's Got a Wife
5. Hoochie Booty
6. I'll Be Your Lover
7. I Love the Love in You
8. I'm So Glad
9. Why Don't We Get Together
10. Leave the Light On

"Goin' Jookin" (Ecko 2001) "Goin' Jookin" (Ecko 2001)

1. It's Sweet on the Backstreet
2. Love Seat
3. Private Affair
4. Why Should I Get Married When My Neighbor's Got a Wife?
5. Goin' Jookin'
6. Over at Fannie Mae's
7. Love Seat - (Remix)
8. Two Wrongs Made a Right

"Songs From The Vault" (Wilson 2001)

1 I Love My Wife
2 Partime Woman
3 Too Think
4 All Because of Your Love
5 So Called Friends
6 Home Wreckers
7 Tell Him
8 If Walls Could Talk
9 So in Love With You
10 Ain't Nothing Wrong
11 Good Thing Man

charles wilson you gotta pay to play.jpg "You Got To Pay To Play" (Wilson 2002)

1. Show Me What You Working Wit
2. Monkey Talk
3. Brown Sugar
4. Back and Forth
5. Same Door
6. Smack It Up
7. All Caught Up
8. Shadows on the Wall
9. Your Body's Here
10. You Got to Pay to Play

"If Heartaches Were Nickels" (Delmark 2004) "If Heartaches Were Nickels" (Delmark 2004)

1. Cut You A-Loose
2. Doctor Doctor
3. You Belong to Me
4. Ain't No Hoochie Coochie Man
5. I Talk to Myself
6. Hattie Mae's
7. Cadillac Assembly Line
8. Losin' Boy
9. Up at Carl's
10. Next Time You See Me
11. If Heartaches Were Nickels
12. I Like Your Style
13. Your Love Is Real
14. Lonely Man
15. I Walked All Night Long

 "If It Ain't Broke Don't Fix It" (Delta Ent. 2005)"If It Ain't Broke Don't Fix It" (Delta Ent. 2005)

1. Just Enough Love
2. If You Can Do It
3. If It Ain't Broke Don't Fix It
4. Booty Club
5. Handy Man
6. Shake My Shaker
7. Back and Forth
8. Same Door
9. All Caught Up
10. Don't Ride My Pony
11. Mississippi Boy- Will T
12. Salt in My Sugar Bowl- Will T

Charles Wilson Sexual healing "Sexual Healing" (Hitmakers USA 2006 ) LISTEN

1 Sexual Healing
2 Check Yourself
3 Mississippi Boy
4 If You Can Do It
5 I Love You Too Much
6 Just Enough Love
7 If It Ain't Broke (Don't Fix It)
8 Back and Forth
9 All Caught Up

"The Best Of Charles Wilson" (Ecko 2006) "The Best Of Charles Wilson" (Ecko 2006)

1. Love Seat
2. In the Room Next to the Room
3. Two Steps Behind
4. Private Affair
5. It's Sweet on the Backstreet
6. Over at Fannie Mae's
7. Leave the Light On
8. Two Wrongs Made a Right
9. It Ain't the Size
10. Why Don't We Get Together
11. Backdoor Lover
12. Mr. Freak
13. Cheater's Nightmare
14. Let's Stomp

"The After Party (Deluxe)" (CDS 2007) LISTEN

1. Something Different About You (on "Deluxe" version only)
2. Without That Boom! (on "Deluxe" version only)
3. After Party, The
4. Plumber Man
5. Mississippi Boy
6. Broke into My Heart
7. Candlelight
8. I'll Follow That Thing
9. You're the Shhh
10. Watch It Shake
11. That's the Way We Want It
12. That Boom!
13. Christmas in Memphis

"Pay Myself First" (CDS 2009) LISTEN

1. I'm Not Afraid to Love
2. Woman a Man Is Looking For, The
3. You Got That Sex Appeal
4. I Want to Know What Kind of Love You Got
5. Pay Myself First
6. Give Me Your Love
7. Butts Up!
8. I Guarantee You Satisfaction
9. Weight Ain't Nothing But Something That Can Be Loved
10. I Believe Jesus Loves Me
11. Pay Myself First - (Club Mix)

"Troubled Child" (Severn 2009)

1. Where My Baby Went
2. Someone Must Have Taught You
3. It's Love That Really Counts
4. I Want to Shout About It
5. Somebody's Tears
6. Troubled Child
7. Is This Love
8. I Don't Want to Take a Chance
9. Good Side of My Girl, The
10. Put Something into It

"That Girl Belongs To Me" (CDS 2010) LISTEN

1. I Donít Need To Be a What-You-Want Somebody
2. Party Tonight
3. That Girl Belongs With Me (with Willie Clayton)
4. I Can Dance Better
5. Something Different About You (with Mel Waiters)
6. Lovemaking On My Mind
7. Give Me Your Love
8. Sex Appeal (Mel Waiters Remix)
9. Would You Dance With a Man Who CaníT Dance?
10. Your Man DoníT Do That
11. Something Different (Sax Version)

"Think About What You Got" (CDS 2012) LISTEN

1 Pay Myself First
2 Plumber Man
3 Think About What You Got
4 Something Different About You (with Mel Waiters)
5 This Bed Ain't Big Enough
6 You Got That Sex Appeal [Mash Up Remix]
7 I'm Not Afraid To Love
8 That Girl Belongs To Me (with Willie Clayton)
9 That Boom! [Mash Up Remix]
10 Broke Into My Heart
11 Weight Ain't Nothing But Something To Be Loved
12 Man Enough To Apologize
13 Think About What You Got [Alternate Mix]

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