By 1936 he is a member of a band that plays on Galveston beach.
After taking a degree in chemistry he moved to Los Angeles in 1943 and worked for the American Government. However, the call of music proved strong and having moved to California in 1944, Charles wins an amateur talent contest at the Lincoln Theatre. He is soon recruited to be the pianist, in the guitarist Johnny Moore's trio the Three Blazers with Eddie Williams on bass.
Moore had a particular interest in doing this since the formular had already worked for his brother, Oscar Moore, who was the guitarist in a trio led by Nat King Cole. It was Johnny Moore who first persuaded Charles to sing, and with his good looks and warm vocals, Johnny Moore's Three Blazers begin recording for Philo/Aladdin in 1945 and become a big West Coast attraction. They will go on to make more than 200 sides for that record label.
The Three Blazers record 'Merry Christmas Baby' in 1947, a hardy annual for the festive season during the late 1940's and the 1950's.
Having left the Three Blazers in 1948, Charles signs as a solo artist with Aladdin and soon enjoys a hit with 'Get Yourself Another Fool'.
In 1956 he sues Aladdin for unpaid royalties.
'Please Come Home for Christmas' released in 1960, becomes the second seasonal number to be indelibly associated with Charles.
He records an album in 1964, Ballards My Way, but his smooth is style entirely out of fashion on the early 1960's.
After taking some work away from music, he records Legend in 1969, but he continues to struggle.
Blues 'n' Brown released in 1971, is a fine blues album. Charles is now enjoying steady work performing in clubs on the East Coast.
He makes his first recordings in Europe in 1979. A live album, I'm Gonna Push On!, recorded in Stockholm with a Swedish backing band, finds him in good form.
One More for the Road released in 1986, shows that Charles is still going strong despite the years in the wilderness.
Charles wins a $15,000 Lifetime Achievement Award in 1989, from the Rhythm & Blues Foundation.
He launches Rounder Records' subsdiary label, Bullseye Blues in 1990, with All My Life. Bonnie Raitt invites him to open for her on tour.
Charles enjoying a resurgence of popularity in his seventies, releases his seventh album of the 1990's, in 1996 Honey Dipper.
So Goes Love is released in 1998.
Charles Brown dies on 21 January 1999, in Oakland, California.