Rockie Charles Passes Away This Morning

Photo by Dan Phillips

“The President of Soul,” Rockie Charles, passed away Friday morning after battling cancer. The blues guitarist—whose real name was Alfred Charles Merrick—was scheduled to play Jazz Fest this year and last year recorded a new album in Denmark, I Want First Class. His “Before I Find the Right Girl for Me” is included on Putumayo Records’ recent compilation, Rhythm & Blues. We’ll pass along funeral arrangements when we know them.

Check the Ponderosa Stomp bio of Rockie Charles here, and Home of the Groove’s notes on Charles’ “Riccasha” here.

  • lifestrand

    Memorial for Rockie Charles. Express your memories

  • Yvette Merrick

    actually my dad's name was Alfred Charles Merrick. He was born in 1939 and he was 70 years old.

  • 1967barracuda

    I had not heard that Rockie passed.   I have several of his incredible soul CD’s but was unable to see him perform live in the nearly 30 times I’ve been to town.   I had really hoped to see him before the news.  Terribly sad and it seems that so many good ones have passed on from the incredible New Orleans R & B Dew Drop era such as Tommy Ridgley, Snooks Eaglin, K-Doe, Eddie Bo, Johnny Adams, and so many more.