As hard as it might be to believe, the GMC is approaching seven years of existence and has featured almost twelve-hundred articles. At least half of those (and probably more) have been profiles of various musical performers from the past, and during that time I’ve noticed some similarities in how their careers progressed in later years.
Most of them stayed at least semi-active as they got older, and occasionally performed for their fans in at least a limited way. But there were a few who seemed to completely disappear from public view, which is certainly their right but can still make for an interesting discussion. One example was a GMC piece titled Whatever Happened To R.B. Greaves?, which received a lot of comments that eventually led to the news that he’d recently died.
Which brings us to country songstress Charlotte ‘Charly’ McClain, who is obviously still alive but seems to have pretty much stayed out of the spotlight for the last two decades. The Memphis-born singer was just in her early thirties when she made her last new album in 1989, and had enjoyed more than a decade of success that included Number-One hits like “Who’s Cheatin’ Who” and “Radio Heat,” along with Top Ten records like “Men,” “Surround Me With Love,” “Dancing Your Memory Away,” and “Sentimental Of You.” She also had a chart-topper with “Paradise Tonight” as part of a duet with Mickey Gilley.
But based on what is readily available online, she appears to have last performed professionally in the early 1990s. I found mention of a fan club, but it looks pretty inactive. She’s also on Facebook, but I’m not sure if someone else maintains that for her, and I’m no expert (In fact, I’m pretty much Facebook-dumb) but it looks sort of sparse. Someone identifying themselves as Charly McClain does occasionally post a comment so there’s that, but it looks like she is well and truly retired from music. If anyone knows otherwise, please let us know!