It had to be in 1973 because that’s when Charlie Rich had those big hits, “Behind Closed Doors” and “The Most Beautiful Girl in the World”—in that order. I remember the concert being at Cincinnati Gardens. Me and my twin brother went to see him and so did our younger brother.
Charlie was very good, but his opening act, a guy by the name of Jim Stafford, was almost better. Stafford had a #1 song out at the time called “Spiders & Snakes.” I remember him singing it twice.
Charlie Rich is now dead and Jim Stafford is 70-years-old. This is just information I happen to have, so I’m throwing it out there.
I wanted to put up a good YouTube clip of Charlie singing “The Most Beautiful Girl in the World,” but this is about all I could find. It’s the studio version of the song.
And we can turn this into the question of the week if you want. What was your first live concert?