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Laurie E. Jasinski

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APPLEWHITE, CHARLES EDWIN (1932–2001). Charlie Applewhite, singer, was born in Fort Worth on November 25, 1932. He performed in public at a Fort Worth movie theater when he was ten years old. After graduating from Paschal High School, he moved to New York in search of work as a professional singer. Applewhite reportedly marched into the office of Milton Berle and demanded an audition. The tactic worked. Berle signed Applewhite to a contract, and he soon appeared regularly on The Milton Berle Show.

Known as “the little man with the big voice,” Applewhite was lauded for his rich baritone and scored a number of hits during the 1950s, including “I Could Have Danced All Night,” “I Love Paris,” and “Ebb Tide” on the Decca label. His television appearances included The Ed Sullivan Show, General Electric Theater, and Toast of the Town. He also performed for President Dwight D. Eisenhower. From 1956 to 1958 he served in the United States Army and also hosted a radio program out of New York during that time.

By the early 1960s Applewhite owned the Gaslite Club in Dallas. He survived a plane crash at Midland, Texas, that killed his second wife. In 1965 he moved from New York to Lafayette, Louisiana. He retired from the entertainment business in 1967 and returned to Fort Worth. He went on to start his own office supply business. Applewhite died in a nursing home in Plano on April 27, 2001. He was survived by two daughters and two sons.


Dallas Morning News, May 2, 2001. Internet Movie Database (www.imdb.com), accessed October 1, 2009.

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Handbook of Texas Online, Laurie E. Jasinski, "APPLEWHITE, CHARLES EDWIN," accessed July 15, 2020, http://www.tshaonline.org/handbook/online/articles/fap02.

Uploaded on May 8, 2014. Modified on October 4, 2015. Published by the Texas State Historical Association.
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