Burgeoning singer-songwriter Charlie Puth crate-digs for records while reminiscing about Mother’s Day presents and first kisses in the debut episode of Rolling Stone‘s new Web series, “Talking Shop.”
After gaining traction on YouTube, the pianist and singer scored his first hit writing and singing on Wiz Khalifa’s Furious 7 hit, “See You Again.” His new single, “Marvin Gaye,” featuring Meghan Trainor, boasts a soulful, jazzy style and, fittingly, Puth plucks out LPs from the 5th Dimension, Miles Davis and Art Blakey.
Puth recalls gifting 5th Dimension’s Greatest Hits to his mom for Mother’s Day as a seven-year-old and scoring his first kiss while listening to Davis’ Kind of Blue. A copy of Blakey’s Live at Birdland, meanwhile, triggers his own memory of the famed New York City club.
“They had this Off-Broadway night where at 10 p.m on a school night, we would go there just to play the piano,” Puth says. “We would drive into New York City and get home at like two o’clock in the morning, and I had to be up at school at five a.m. But it was so much fun, I played my first club at 16 — just hopped up with the jazz trio and wailed on that thing.”
Elsewhere Puth expounds the greatness of Lionel Richie’s chord selection on Can’t Slow Down, delivers a resounding mouth-trumpet performance while examining Herb Alpert and the Tijuana Brass’ Whipped Cream and Other Delights and channels his inner diva after finding a copy of Donna Summer’s Bad Girls.