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Dec 20, 2013
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Legendary Madison Musician Charlie Brooks Needs Your Help

Charlie Brooks

It’s another sad tale in a long line of related stories—another local musician who lacks the necessary health insurance to cover medical costs. This time the story centers on Charlie Brooks. Brooks suffers from Hepatitis C and desperately needs a liver transplant. $8,000 is needed to cover insurance deductibles and dental procedures, reports Arts Wisconsin in a recent press release.

Friends of Charlie Brooks has been formed to address the singer’s needs and is raising funds. To help you can mail a check to:

Arts Wisconsin
P.O.Box 1054
Madison, WI 53701-1054


You can also make a donation via Paypal by clicking here.

Those who may wish to use a credit/debit card directly can email Arts Wisconsin’s Executive Director Ann Katz at akatz@artswisconsin.org.

A donation of $50 or more will get you a copy of a 1990 Christmas CD from Brooks and John Stone entitled They Saw a Star Tonight.

In addition to performing as lead vocalist in Clyde Stubblefield’s band and his own band Charlie Brooks and the Way it Is, Brooks has had a long history associated with Motown. From a recent bio: “Charlie Brooks is one of the best R&B and Blues singers and entertainers in the Midwest. He has opened for and played with many artists over the years such as Sly and the Family Stone, Percy Sledge, Chicago, Ray Charles, The Esquires, Harvey Scales, The Supremes, and The Temptations.”

Here is a link to a video of Brokks performing with The Way it Is at the Eastside Madison club the Knuckledown Saloon:

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Rick Tvedt has been a performing musician since the age of eight and had regional success with local band The And. He has also been a solo performer and was a member of the Sled Dogs. He launched the monthly local music newspaper Rick’s Café in January of 2003, which is now publishing online as Local Sounds Magazine. That same year he founded the Madison Area Music Association, a charitable organization that raises money to fund music programs for kids and provides musical instruments. The MAMAs also produce the annual Madison Area Music Awards.

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