One Take Charlie
I have always believed that music can have a wonderfully positive effect on mental health. The aim of this project is outwardly simple; to bring together a group of people to form a one-off band and record a song - but the underlying theme remains the importance of being strong enough or feeling able to ask for help if you are struggling with a mental health condition. The band's name is One Take Charlie and the song is “Jimmy Jimmy”, first recorded by The Undertones in 1979. To turn the idea into reality, I needed to ask for help, so whilst I would try to provide something vaguely resembling vocals, I was incredibly lucky to have the support of Carl Pemberton and Adam Bell of the superb V12 on guitar and drums respectively; and I was thrilled that teenage bassist Megan Curtis was also willing to get involved ... a star in the making!
“One Take Charlie” was a nickname given to the child actor Charles Herbert (1948-2015) based on an apparent reputation for getting things right on set at the first time of asking. By the time he was five years of age, he was earning enough to support his family and during the 1950s he appeared opposite the likes of Cary Grant, Sophia Loren, Vincent Price and Doris Day.
“Jimmy Jimmy” was written by John O'Neill, recorded by The Undertones and released some forty years ago. It’s a great song by a fine band, from an era where my musical tastes were really (and rapidly) developing. There were so many fantastic bands around when I was in my mid- to late-teens and, despite the passage of time, a lot of music from that era still has a relevance and resonance today.
The cover of the original single featured a picture of a youthful singer Feargal Sharkey holding a trophy against a bright yellow background. The idea is to recreate the cover using a picture of me taken holding a trophy (that I hadn’t actually won) during a school presentation sometime during the first half of the 1970s - my cute but undeniably chubby phase...