Charles Thaxton, aka Char-el, Dead At 66
Charles L. Thaxton Jr. (aka Char-El), 66, of Cambria, California, formerly of Fostoria, Ohio, passed away
Charles migrated to the West Coast in 1979 to play with Magik Dayze in concerts and clubs in and around Los Angeles, eventually performing in 25 states. Charles and the Magik Duck Band, their self-described nickname, performed at many venues in California including the Troubador and Starwood and recorded two unreleased albums at IAM and Katherine Drive. Sunset horizons called him to Phoenix, Arizona in 1981 and he went on to play for eight years in the desert southwest, from Tucson to Sedona, Arizona, in concerts with such top Arizona artists as Voyager, Lynn Linton, R. Carlos Nakai, William Eaton, Galileo
Family duties brought Charles back to Ohio in late 1989, where he managed area health food and vitamin shops while continuing to do his solo music projects, and perform at various concerts, film festivals, and churches. He reunited with several early-career
He released four CDs of original music, starting in 1996, under the name Char-El: Worlds Without End, 1996; Heaven and Earth, 2000; Resurrection, 2009; The Healing, 2013; and contributed to albums by Douglas Blue Feather and Larry Clark. A true creator of “Sound Paintings” or “Sonic Landscapes”, Charles believed that music can be used in an inspiring and healing way to ease stress and tension and stimulate spiritual growth.