Charles Randolph Harman, 68, founder and lead guitarist of the band Rhumboogie has died.He died at his home in Salt Lake City December 4, 2018 after a long battle with a debilitating lung disease.
For most of his working career Charles, also called Randy labored in the entertainment field both backstage as a union stagehand for IATSE Local 99 in Salt Lake City and onstage playing lead guitar and singing with multiple rock roll bands in California and Utah.
He was born in Salt Lake City on January 14, 1950 to Charles Le Roy and Anna Georgine Birrell Harman.
Charlie lived in Salt Lake, Provo, Utah, Alabama and California. He attended schools in the San Francisco Bay Area, graduating from James Logan High School in Union City, Calif.
For a while he enjoyed working at Gus Paulos Chevrolet in Salt Lake City as a lot attendant. He also worked in the glass and store-front business with his brother-in-law, Jim Jackson.
He is survived by his sister Judith Ann Harman Jackson of Meridian, Idaho and brother Pat Christian of Provo, Utah.
He was preceded in death by his parents and younger sister Sharon Ann Harman, of Modesto, Calif.
Randy sang and played lead guitar in bands from blues and country to straight-ahead rock and roll. Since touring with a top-40 band in the 1970s, he worked with such Bay Area bands as Ron Thompson and the Resistors and Larry Murphy while in between developing his own band, Rhumboogie.
The name Rhumboogie came from the nose art on a Lockeed P-38 Lightning fighter aircraft that his dad had flown during WWII. Rhuboogie was the name of a popular 1940 song by the Andrew Sisters.
Charlie’s band played at such Bay Area clubs as The Omi, Your Place Too Gallaghers and The Hill in Oakland; Larry Blakes and Starry Plough in Berkley; The Dock in Tiburon; Niles Station in Fremont and Calhouns in Hayward.
In Utah it played at the Gray Moose Pub in Ogden, The Zepher Club and Dead Goat Club and State Fairgrounds in Salt Lake City; Alamo and Ciseros in Park City. It also gave a volunteer concert at the Utah State Prison.
Rhumboogie performed with the likes of the James Cotton Blues Band, Big Bang Beat, Robben Ford, Country Joe MacDonald, Savoy Brown and Ron Thompson and the Resistors.