"A Million to One" Performed by Jimmy Charles (1960)

September 12, 2008

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New Jersey born and bred youngster Jimmy Charles loved to sing. His Uncle thought he was pretty good and took him to New York City’s Apollo talent contest: sixteen year old Jimmy won four weeks in a row.

“A Million to One” was the demo that young Jimmy made and it was redone with a backup trio, The Revelettes of NJ, put out by Promo Records. The record went to #5 on the Billboard Pop 100 and #8 on Billboards R&B Chart making this Charles’ first and only hit record.

Jermaine Jackson covered this song and it is one of my forever faves. That make two great balladeers that should be enjoying continued musical success and should not be forgotten for their talent.

A Million to One – Composed by Phil Medley and Teddy Randazzo

A million to one
That’s what our folks think about this love of ours
A million to one
They say that our love will fade like yesterday’s flowers
They’re betting everything that our love won’t survive
They’re hoping (hoping) in time we’ll forget (we’ll forget)
Each others’ lies.

A million to one
They feel we’re too young to know the meaning of love
A million to one
That they’ve forgotten the dreams that we’re dreaming of
But we’ll forgive them because we love them
After all is said and done
Dear one, in a million, a million to one

<brief sax interlude>

(But we’ll forgive them because we love them)
After all is said and done
Dear one, in a million, a million to one

Keeping the Oldies alive.

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Filed under:Jimmy Charles,Magnificent Male Vocalists,One Hit Wonders,Phil Medley & Teddy Randazzo,Pop/R&B,Promo Records,Sixties

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1 Samuel Stuckey September 20, 2008 at 4:54 pm

Thank you. All of this time, I was thinking that mr. Charles, was from Baltimore.Is he still performing?.


2 sondan September 20, 2008 at 7:53 pm

You are welcomed Samuel. And I thank you for dropping in.

May I recommend that you listen to this extraordinary 20:55 minute interview with Jimmy Charles from April 2004. (scroll one third down the page to find the link).

In the interview Mr. Charles discusses growing up in Patterson, NJ and his music career.

He has been out of the music business “for eons”, as he put it, but at the time of the interview he said that he had contacted some promoters to find out if there was any interest in having him perform at some of the many “oldies” concerts.

He also mentioned that he has had many careers since he left the music business. In 2004 he was running a vending machine business in San Aatonio, Texas.

I hope he gets a chance to go back to performing.

And I hope to hear from you again soon Samuel. I appreciate you visit.


3 Lynn December 7, 2008 at 1:26 am

I just saw a PBS special on 11/30/08 in which Jimmy Charles performed. He still has the voice, the charm and great looks. All these year I’ve wondered what happened to him. It was so great seeing him again.
A Million to One, one of the best slow dance songs ever recorded…
Thanks for keeping Jimmy’s fans happy.


4 Josie October 29, 2012 at 8:54 am

I am thrilled to hear that Jimmy Charles is well and still performing. As soon as I hear the beginning of this song “(A MILLION TO ONE”) all my younger, day wonderful memories flood my head like it was yesterday. This song has a significant place in my heart. I think I was 14 when this hit, and I had to go to Summer school, and had my 1st crush, my 1st friday night dance. I will always love this song and the great feeling I get when hearing it. May Mr. Charles keep singing for many more years to come. In fact no one makes love songs anymore, or slow dancing songs, it’s so sad.


5 sondan December 7, 2008 at 7:38 pm

Oh my Lynn,

I missed that particular special! I think sometimes, while flipping TV channels, I assume PBS is showing repeats when they are actually showing new PBS music Specials — so I need to pay more attention. I will be on the lookout for this one since I would love to see and hear Mr. Charles perform this classic live.

This weekend I caught the tail end of a new PBS Special featuring Boyz II Men performing Motown classics. The ending was great so I hope to catch it to view it in its entirety soon.

Thanks for checking in. I really appreciate your visits and comments very much.


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