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Chuck aka Charlie Phalen / Bio

Charlie (or Chuck or Chuckie) grew up thinking that singing before, during and after meals was something that all families did. Pop, his father, was a country, western and bluegrass picker while his mother, Mary was a pop jazz singer. Charlie’s first acting appearance on stage was playing the part of the troll in The Three Billy Goats Gruff when he was eight. He formed his first band, The Subterranean Five, when he was twelve and accompanied his sister Susie doing folk music. Charlie didn’t get back into acting until high school and college when his family moved back to Walnut Creek. Charlie managed to cultivate a real love for the theatre while continuing his musical training. He has appeared as Freddy Eynsford Hill in Pygmalion; John Mayhew in Witness for the Prosecution; Morgan Evans in The Corn is Green; Haemon in Antigone; Cleant in The Miser; Charlie Dalrymple in Brigadoon; Curly in Oklahoma; and Sky Masterson in Guys and Dolls. His last stint with acting was performing with IF (Improvisational Family) under the direction of Doug Dildine. In the 1990’s, Charlie did limited consulting for a few local productions. Music has always been the focal point of Charlie’s life. He was a music major in college, studied opera for five years under the tutelage of Virginia Blair and studied Music/Recording Industry at S.F. State. After leaving IF and realizing that he was not cut out for opera, Charlie opted for anything else. He made the road his home for the next eight years traveling mainly west of the Mississippi with three bands; Appaloosa, Possum Road and Foxfire. Tiring of the constant travel, he and two lifelong friends, Bill Jason and Jim Thompson, formed Avenue performing in the San Francisco area. Charlie and his bands have produced eleven albums and he has performed on numerous other recording projects as a studio musician. The completion of his musical, "Friends Till the End" took seven years.

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Chuck aka Charlie Phalen
Artist Name
Chuck aka Charlie Phalen
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Pop / Folk Rock / Vocal

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Martinez, CA