charlie hickox is a piano player and singer from Cleveland, Ohio.
he’s now in Fairfax, California.
he plays and sing a lot of New Orleans music, rhythm and blues, country, and traditional standards.
way back when, he wrote couple of tunes, Second Hand Information and Cruisin'(In My Automobile) which were recorded by the great and generous Marty Balin. with Bodacious and The Jefferson Starship, respectively. in the early 1970’s.
The California Honeydrops recorded his little number, A Higher Degree(of Sophistication). written in 1969. recorded by the Honeydrops in 2019.
here’s some kind of biography.
charlie hickox is a piano player and singer from Cleveland, Ohio. he moved to the Western Addition in San Francisco in January of 1970.
In the early 1970’s, he played at the legendary Minnie’s Can-Do Club on Fillmore and Bush St. in San Francisco, CA, working with Crazy Mike(Michael Kissel) and the Bad All-Stars, and, later, as a solo performer.
he moved on to play with the gospel group, Gideon and Power.
they recorded on Bell Records, releasing an album, Live at Keystone Korner. Gideon and Power. the record was produced by the legendary New Orleans musicians, Harold Battiste and Melvin Lastie. Gideon also toured with the Supremes, in 1971, thanks to their manager, Wally ‘Famous’ Amos(of William Morris Agency).
he played for many years, 1972-1990’s, with the talented songwriter-guitarist, John Shine. he learned a lot playing with John and Bing Nathan, in the Moons, throughout the 1970’s. this band owned the East Bay ‘reefer circuit’ during that time: The Ordinary, the real Freight and Salvage(Nancy’s), The New Orleans Room. they even played the collegiate ‘Steak and Lobster’ spots, The Refectory, The Front Room, the rusty this, the broken that. John and company became a killer wedding and private party band, as well. all great gigs with amazing musicians.
In 1972 he joined the late Marty Balin(Jefferson Airplane founder and lead singer) in Bodacious, a raucous experiment of Marty’s, recording an album on RCA records.
Marty later recorded charlie’s tune, Cruising, with the Jefferson Starship, on the album, Spitfire.
over the years he has played the local club scene with many great Bay Area bands.
and he has frequently donned coat and tie to play many private parties.
some of the bands with whom charlie has played: The Naughts(Cleveland, Ohio 1964-66), The Restless Ones(Yale College, 1966-67), The Cheshire Cat(1967)(a Yalie band), The Gross National Product(a local New Haven soul band – 1969), The Bone(a local New Haven band-1967), Crazy Mike and The Bad All-Stars(1968-1971), Gideon and Power(1970-1971), John Shine and the Moons(1970’s), The Energy Crisis(Berkeley – 1970’s), Chicago Blues Power, The San Francisco Medicine Ball Band(life member), Fess Up(Bing’s thing), The Jeff Sanford Trio(at Nick’s in Pacifica – 1980’s-90’s), The 9th Ward Millionaires(Ken Jacobs – leader and saxophonist), Tim ‘Yellow Springs’ Eschliman, The California Honeydrops, gumbo west, Mal Sharpe and Big Money in GumboLand, The Uptown Rulers(Jon Korty, Fairfax, CA -currently intermittently active). and these days, with The Arkestra de Fairfax(a collection of fine locals – Dave and Joan Getz, Ken Jacobs, John Hunt, and Michael Price).
charlie enjoys playing songs by the New Orleans greats. songs by artists such as Huey ‘Piano’ Smith, Fats Domino, and Professor Longhair…oh yeah, Danny Barker, Rod Bernard, Belton Richard, and Cookie and The Cupcakes. always sneaking in some of his favorites by Ray Charles, maybe a little Floyd Cramer, too. then there’s Solomon Burke, Don Gibson, Thelonious Monk, and Webb Pierce(as Professor Bob Dylan once said, “I don’t believe in border patrol, when it comes to music.”)
you do not want charlie to play classical music or show tunes.
he is currently, as always, playing solo piano gigs. maybe a band gig, here and there. and trying to record some “evidence”, too.
still doing it.
Fairfax, CA – July 2022