America lost a swastika-adorned singer/songwriter this Sunday evening. Charlie Manson, friend to the Beach Boys’ Dennis Wilson and devout lover of the Beatles’ jam Helter Skelter, passed away from natural causes due to complications related to gastrointestinal bleeding a week after his 83rd birthday. His presence in the music world is undeniable.
His life and times inspired the names of Marilyn Manson and Spahn Ranch, led to the creation of the opera The Manson Family, and Squeaky Fromme made it into Sondheim’s acclaimed musical The Assassins.
Born “No Name Maddox,” Charles Manson was a true family man and will be remembered by America. In his honor we’ve compiled a special playlist to remember this all-American singer/songwriter.