Very sad indeed...
Charlie always seemed the guy that spoke of his good friend Elvis in a very touching way. It always moved him talking about Elvis.
Maybe they're together again right now, let's hope so.
"Charlie Hodge lost his battle with lung cancer in the afternoon of Friday 3rd and passed away. Hodge, 71, was diagnosed with lung cancer in December 2005 and despite this, he continued to perform at Memories Theatres for the love of his fans. He had a couple of radiation treatments in between December and January.
Charlie first met Elvis on the transport ship from New York to Germany, Sept. 1958, though they appeared together on a Red Foley show in 1956.
They remained friends until Elvis' death in 1977. Charlie was the guy singing back up, playing guitar, handed the water and the famous scarfs on stage in the Seventies.
Charlie also had an influence on the song list of the Seventies shows."
Letters of condolences may be sent to:
The Family of Charles Hodge
c/o Memories Theater
Pigeon Forge TN 37863