February 5, 2023

SiriusXM is gloomy to report that longtime host and famend “Mayor of Music Row” Charlie Monk has handed away the age of 84, in accordance with his household.

Charlie joined Sirius Satellite tv for pc Radio in 2004, following an illustrious profession in radio and music publishing, and was a beloved fixture of Nashville’s music neighborhood. He hosted a morning program on Willie’s Roadhouse for a few years, in addition to a weekend interview present on Prime Nation.


A One-Hour Tribute Present for The Mayor of Music Row

That includes a few of his personal recordings and songs he wrote, in addition to archival interview segments with Invoice Anderson, Jeannie Seely, Charley Satisfaction, Ray Stevens, Aaron Tippin, T.G. Sheppard, Shenandoah, and extra. This particular can even be accessible to stream on the SXM App.

Willie’s Roadhouse (Ch. 59)
December 23 at 6pm ET
December 24 at 9am ET

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Invoice Anderson and Charlie Monk.

Born in Geneva, Alabama, Charlie was inducted into the Alabama Music Corridor of Fame in 2014, in addition to the Nation Radio Corridor of Fame in 2019. In 2021 he obtained the Joe Talbot Award from the Nation Music Affiliation in 2021, honoring his “distinctive management and dedication to the preservation and promotion of Nation Music’s values and traditions.”

His profession in broadcasting started whereas he was in highschool at WGEA in his hometown of Geneva, Alabama, and he labored at WTBF whereas attending Troy College and later hosted shifts on WKRG and WUNI in Cell, Alabama. In 1969 he co-founded the Nation Radio Seminar (CRS) and hosted its annual New Faces present for 40 years.

After shifting to Nashville in 1968, Charlie held positions with varied music publishing firms, together with ASCAP and CBS Songs, in the end forming Monk Household Music Group in 1983. He additionally served as an officer for varied organizations and sat on quite a few boards, growing a big community of contacts that earned him the moniker “The Mayor of Music Row.”

In addition to serving to to launch the careers of writers and artists akin to Randy Travis and Kenny Chesney, Charlie was an completed songwriter himself, with songs lined by Jimmy Dean, Charley Satisfaction, Jerry Reed, Eddy Arnold and others. He additionally recorded a number of recitations of his personal compositions, together with “My Spouse” and “Andy & Opie Christmas.”

Monk is survived by his spouse, Royce Walton Monk; sons Charles, Jr. (Sukgi) and Collin (Grace); daughters Capucine Monk and Camila Monk Perry (Scott); sisters-in-law Peggy Walton-Walker Lord (Larry) and Elsie Walton (Colin Hamilton); grandchildren Sam (Christina), Nathan, Christabel, McKenna, Theodore, Ella, Walton and Douglas; great-grandchildren Alexis and Sophia; and nieces Clara and Linda and nephews Wayne, Brian and Chip.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions could also be made to MusiCares, Neighborhood Care Fellowship, Calvary United Methodist Church, Rochelle Heart or CreatiVets.


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