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Chuck E. Weiss
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Chuck E. Weiss is an American songwriter and vocalist.

He grew up in Denver, Colorado, where his parents owned a record store (Record Center). Through his parents, and by spending time at the local blues bar Ebbett’s Field, he met Lightnin’ Hopkins, who was impressed with his drum playing and took him on tour. Weiss had the opportunity to play with Muddy Waters, Howlin’ Wolf, Roger Miller, Dr. John, and others.

Weiss released “Extremely Cool” in 1999, featuring extensive collaboration with Tom Waits, who co-produced the album for his longtime acquaintance (they met in 1972 at Ebbett’s Field, where Weiss played in the house band) and appears on at least two tracks. The style is heavily reminiscent of Waits, both in composition and vocal approach. Either could have influenced the other.

“Old Souls and Wolf Tickets” was released in early 2002, perhaps less reminiscent of Tom Waits and more redolent of Delta blues acts decades older. Weiss’s music includes strains of every rhythmic style from nursery rhymes to zydeco.

Chuck E. Weiss was the subject of Rickie Lee Jones’s hit “Chuck E.’s in Love” from her 1979 debut album, in which she claims “Chuck E.” is in love with “the little girl who’s singing this song” (Jones says the song was fictional). At the time Jones was linked romantically to Tom Waits. All three lived at the time at the Tropicana Hotel in Los Angeles, in the middle of a fertile musical scene including Jackson Browne, the Eagles, Linda Ronstadt, Warren Zevon, Frank Zappa and others.

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  • radiohoofdnz

    I don't understand why more people aren't talking about the new album!

    26 May 10:12pm Reply
  • beddoez

    I don't understand why more people aren't talking about the new album! One of the best so far this year

    17 May 8:07am Reply
  • craggydoo

    Can't say enough about how cool this guy is. What a man, what a band.

    19 Dec 2013 Reply
  • aiherzen

    Dude!

    25 Apr 2013 Reply
  • deermead

    Dude is fucking amazing. How has he not gotten more recognition especially with his associations with Tom Waits etc.

    25 Jun 2009 Reply
  • hillbilly13

    I heard a story about him on NPR http://www.wpr.org/book/050821a.html when I got home I bought all 4 albums. Good Stuff!

    1 Mar 2009 Reply
  • Rantzien

    The man gets too little recognition. Thumbs up for Chuck!

    26 Aug 2007 Reply

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