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Charles Hardman first appeared on the stage performing a song and dance routine in an amateur show at the age of a year and a half. Winning first prize, he took home the sum of five dollars. At twelve, Charles began studying voice lessons and guitar lessons; at fourteen, he wrote his first song. During all five of his careers--in printing, aerospace, postal work, marketing and as the head of an international botanical society (and with a year of acting thrown for good measure)--Charles continued writing songs and eventually developed a shorthand method for musical notation which requires no music paper. Over the years, he studied with some of the best songwriters in the business: Arthur Livingston ("Cry Me A River"), Annette Tucker (many hits of the 60's and 70's), Henry Vars ("Flipper" theme), and Jai Josefs, (songwriter and studio musician).
Pursuing songwriting as a sixth career did not become a reality until after his retirement. But with characteristic full throttle focus, in the last seven years, Charles has released two albums of his own music, an album of children's music in collaboration with John Maellaro and currently he is working on a second children's album with John.
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