canít remember, but they say he used to play records all day
long at three years old. So maybe that is why piano lessons
began at 4. His mom wanted a concert pianist virtuoso, but
after eight years of piano and singing in school, his
perfect pitch developed along with a hungry urge to play
guitar like the rock and roll bands burning up the Top 40.
With the onset of bands such as Cream, Jimi Hendrix and the
heavy British Blues filtering through, it was time to get it
on. By the age of eighteen, Charlie was fronting his own
project covering the heavy stuff like Zeppelin, Johnny
Winter, Rory Gallagher and Savoy Brown, and around this
time, as fate would have it, members of Savoy Brown were
splintering off and forming what would become one of the
most successful and iconic rock bands of the seventies,...Foghat.
After becoming draft exempt with a high lottery number
courtesy of Uncle Sam, Charlie took a year off from college
to play in a pro bar band on a regular basis. Although he
made some money and had a great time, he went back and
finished school at Michigan State and after graduation
played in a bar band for two years until the BIG BREAK came.
He signed with Ted Nugent and Epic Records in 1978 and the
rest is history. He toured with Nugent for four years and
played on five of his best albums, one of which was the
incredibly successful "Weekend Warriors".
The 'stars' were now aligned and after fronting & playing
with not only Ted Nugent, but also with Deadringer (with
Alice Cooper band mates Neal Smith and Dennis Dunaway),
Humble Pie, Victory and Gary Moore, Charlie, almost by
cosmic pre-design joined Foghat in August of 2001 Roger Earl
and the late Lonesome Dave Peverett had seen Charlie singing
a number of years before as lead vocalist for Humble Pie.
(He had joined with Jerry Shirley of Humble Pie and toured
with the band om 1988 to 1999). They wanted to see who was
trying to sing their mate Stevie Marriott's stuff...and they
were very impressed with Charlie's powerful vocals.
When Dave passed away in 2000, it was a very difficult time
for Foghat and Roger was getting quite a bit of pressure to
continue on with the band. Roger remembers, "Dave wasn't
replaceable. He was such an integral part of this band. But
for the band to continue playing, we had to have a great
singer/guitarist, and someone that we could carry on making
music with. Although many people were suggested, my only
consideration was Charlie Huhn. When I finally spoke to
Charlie, he in fact informed me that he was a big Lonesome
Dave fan and would be very interested in joining the band.
We all got together two months later, after he learned a
couple of dozen Foghat songs, rehearsed acoustically in our
living room....went into SIR studios in NYC to
rehearse for a couple of weeks and hit the road. The rest is
history in the making."
A new history indeed. Since joining Foghat, Charlie has
traveled across the USA, Canada and Sweden thrilling fans
and touring with such comtemporaries as Tom Petty, Joe
Cocker, Alice Cooper, Ted Nugent, Joan Jett, The Outlaws,
The Doobie Brothers, Creedence Clearwater, Steppenwolf, Blue
Oyster Cult, Foreigner, Styx and Lou Gramm to name some.
"I'm lucky" says Charlie. "I knock on wood every day and say
just give me one more year. It's actually so great to keep
rocking and rolling in a former super group that sounds and
plays as good as it does today. At this stage, there are no
egos anymore. Everyone knows what the score is." And he
added, "It's just so great to be involved with people who
have been around the block and really know what the purpose
Sounds a lot like the Dave Peverett mantra that inspired
Roger and kept the band alive in the first place. "It's all
about the music."
Derek St. Holmes