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.