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Jimmy Charles, was an American singer with a distinctive "crying style". Charles was born in Paterson, New Jersey, in 1942. Before he sang professionally, he built up quite a local reputation wailing at churches and community functions. When Charles was 16, his uncle accompanied him to New York City to try his luck at the amateur talent shows held at the Apollo Theater. Surprisingly, Charles won the renowned contest for four consecutive weeks. Read more on