The Boston music scene recently lost one of our favorite sons. Charlie Chesterman earned his stripes in Scruffy the Cat back in the 1980’s before settling in as a solo artist, ably backed by a band known as the Legendary Motorbikes. His songs always had a classic 1950’s vintage rock sensibility, compact three minute pop songs that were as warm and friendly as the man who wrote them.
Chesterman recently completed a collection of rarities and tracks collected from various compilations. Proceeds from the album go to Chesterman’s family. Have a listen and then dig into Chesterman’s wonderful musical catalog.
In keeping with our Monday tradition, here are two videos of Charlie in action. The first is from a 2011 benefit concert held in his honor. The benefit featured local luminaries from Peter Wolf to Barrence Whitfield and, for the first time in 21 years, a reunited Scruffy the Cat.
The second video is vintage Scruffy the Cat in all their raucous live show glory.
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