In September 1995, HBO cable produced a movie about Phyllis McGuire, of the McGuire Sister trio. In 1958, the McGuire Sisters sang Sugartime and took it to #1 on the charts for several weeks. Phyllis was a beautiful singer. She and her sisters had many hits over their long career. However, as popular as she became, she may always be remembered, not for her musical talents, but for her secretive relationship with infamous mobster, Sam Giancana. HBO tauts the couple as the un-American mobster and the All-American songbird. Their relationship was one of the most extraordinary and unexpected love affairs of the 60′s.
This feature portrays love, violence, the mob, the CIA, Fidel Castro, the FBI and the Kennedy’s wrapped up in a fictional, yet non-fictional account of the magical love affair. John Turturro and Mary-Louise Parker pull the audience into their sorted provinces.
Yes, Sugartime is named after Charlie “Sugartime” Phillip’s song and is played lightly in the background. The movie is suspenseful and ends surprisingly accurate to the actual events.
THE HISTORY OF CHARLIE "SUGARTIME" PHILLIPS
Charlie "Sugartime" Phillips is increasingly recognized as a pioneer of Western Swing, Country and Rockabilly genres of music. His humble upbringing as the son of sharecroppers from Farwell, Texas and his proximity to Clovis, New Mexico led him to the Norman Petty Studio where he was mentored by the legendary Norman Petty. Norman's Clovis studio was the launching ground for such music greats as the Fireballs, Roy Orbison, Buddy Knox, Waylon Jennings, Buddy Holly and the Crickets, and Charlie "Sugartime" Phillips.
Charlie's nickname was derived from his hit single, Sugartime, he wrote while driving a tractor on his family farm. Charlie recorded Sugartime at the Petty Studio in the late 1950's with an unknown group of youngsters called Buddy Holly and the Crickets. Norman Petty took the song to New York City and introduced the sound to Coral Records. Soon thereafter, the McGuire Sisters recorded Sugartime and took it to #1 on the charts for several weeks. The McGuire Sisters and Charlie received a Gold Record for their hit song. Years later, Charlie would be inducted into the Western Swing Music Hall of Fame.
After deciding farm life wasn't for him, Charlie continued to write and sing country music for the next 60 years. He's recorded hundreds of songs with dozens charting over the years. During the course of his career, Charlie has played 1000's of music gigs and appeared many times on The Louisiana Hayride (where Elvis Presley got his start), The Big D Jamboree, The Ozark Jubilee and The Grand Ole Opry. While playing these venues, Charlie was introduced to and made friends with some of country musics biggest stars. He became acquainted with such legends as: Hank Snow, Faron Young, Tillman Franks, Ralph Emery, Don Guess, Johnny Hathcock, Buddy Holly, Johnny Horton, the McGuire Sisters, Jim Reeves, Minnie Pearl, Roy Acuff, Tommy Tomlinson, Charley Pride, Ray Winkler, Little Jimmy Dickens, Roy Clark, Willie Nelson, Waylon Jennings, Meryl Haggard and many, many others.
Not only was Sugartime covered by the McGuire Sisters, but it was also covered by Alma Cogan, Johnny Cash, and Linda McCartney (wife of Paul McCartney of the Beatles). Vicki Lawrence even did a version of Sugartime on her hit series, Mama's Family. Some younger folks may even remember the jingle for Bagel Bites™ which used Sugartime for its catchy pizza jingle. Pizza in the morning, pizza in the evening, pizza at suppertime........ Additionally, the movie Sugartime was an introspective look at the life of Phyllis McGuire and her scandalous relationship with American mobster Sam Giancana. The movie starred John Turturro and Mary-Louise Parker.
Sample Song: Be My Bride
In addition to being a performing artist, Charlie also had a full career as a DJ working at a Clovis radio station and also for Ray Winkler (author of Welcome to My World with John Hathcock) at KZIP in Amarillo, Texas. After years in the business, Charlie was awarded the title of Mr. DJ USA.
Charlie's biography, Sugartime- The Life of Country Music Legend Charlie Phillips is scheduled for release by summer of 2014.
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Now that you have Charlie's remarkable background: One can imagine the expenses associated with publishing a book of an artist of such magnitude. Numerous funds have been raised thus far from sponsors, but it will take a minimum of $12,000 to complete the biography by summer of 2014.
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Sample Song: Sugartime
Risks and challenges
Producing and publishing a book offers its own set of challenges. The biggest risk involving the production of Charlie's biography is Charlie himself. Laughingly, he's no spring chicken; however, provided Charlie stays in good health, there's no reason to believe the biography will not be published and completed on schedule. At nearly 80 years old, Charlie still hits the gym weekly. He's rarely missed a weekly appearance in 60 years and doesn't plan on missing one now. Cy has been researching the biography since March 2013 and has traveled 9000 miles across America interviewing friends, family and country music celebrities regarding Charlie. Should a "glitch" occur after the fundraiser, we will keep our sponsors posted and gladly be available to answer questions.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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