Don't Give Up Your Dreams: You Can Be a Winner Too!
Author House, May 16, 2008 - 220 pages
Charles Connor is the original pioneering drummer for Little Richard, and the man whom the "Godfather of Soul", James Brown, said, "Was the first to put the funk into the rhythm." As one of history's few successful left-handed drummers, the New Orleans-born Connor, created the "Choo-Choo Train" drumming style, which consists of eight notes. It has been used by nearly all subsequent Rock 'n' Roll drummers, whether they know it or not.
Among the classic recordings featuring Connor's trademark drumming are Little Richard's "Keep A-Knockin'," "She's Got It," and "Ooh! My Soul." In addition to Little Richard and James Brown, Connor has worked with such Rock 'n' Roll Hall of Famers as Sam Cooke, Jackie Wilson, Lloyd Price and the Original Coasters. He has appeared in the film "The Girl Can't Help It." (co-starring Jayne Mansfield, Edmund O'Brien, and Tom Ewell); "Don't Knock the Rock," and "Mr. Rock 'n' Roll."
Not one to rest on his past laurels, Connor remains a contemporary man who has succeeded as a devoted family man, author, songwriter, teacher, voice-over talent, media interview subject and public speaker.
In his speaking appearances, he encourages both young and mature people to "Aim High and Achieve," and to "Never Give Up Your Dreams." Combining humor and wisdom, he offers practical advice that can benefit anyone.
When he discusses such issues as taking responsibility, conquering anger and, remaining humble, Connor never talks down to people. He grabs their attention because he has the credibility of one who has " been there and done that." It is an inspirational story of how a young, struggling and hungry musician overcame obstacles such as racial prejudice, to become a career and personal success. Connor's basic message is that anyone, regardless of his or her age or circumstances, can change for the better.
To find out more about Charles Connor, click on his web site: www.legendarydrummer.tv.
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