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An American Original Struggles for Success

Charlie Rich was a jazz enthusiast who wrote for many legendary country and rock musicians on the Sun Record Label. Rock historian Ed Ward says, for Rich, recording his own, original music was an afterthought. He had a few hits on various Memphis-area labels, but could never break through into the mainstream.

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Other segments from the episode on February 14, 1989

Fresh Air with Terry Gross, February 14, 1989: Interview with Ellen Willis; Commentary on Charlie Rich; Interview with David Leavitt; Review of Salman Rushdie's novel "The Satanic Verses."

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