Charlie was a lighting techinician in the early days. He was actually treated as an equal member of the band up to around 1971 receiving an equal cut of profits..
"One night in the VIP club I was introduced to a young man I vaguely remember seeing at Cortez - vaguely only because he appearance had changed so much. His name was Charlie Carnal, and although this was only 1966 he had already evolved into a 1970's glitter freak. His hair was shoulder-length on the right side of his head and cut in a crew-cut on the left, like somebody had hit him down the middle with a cleaver. He had an enormous handlebar moustache - on both sides - a tremendous perpetual grin, and wore costumes - not clothing - that made him look like he had stumbled out of a neighborhood theater production of Alice in Wonderland.
Charlie rustled us up our first black lights. He turned up at the VIP with a ten-foot color wheel, one of those giant hypnotic discs that he turned in the back with a crank. It sounds corny now, but that was how our effects started. I was just as excited by black lights and hypno-wheels as I am with my latest $400,000 gimmick. Charlie Carnal signed on with the group and stayed with us for five years. He was eventually cut in as an equal partner as his lighting effects became more important."
He was primarily their lighting director and was actually with them all the way up to the B$B tour (although he was not given an equal cut by then.) He was responsible for some of the special effects the band did. He has a credit on the 'Love It To Death' album--somthing like Environment Control.
(Renfield, February 1997)
He last worked on the 'Welcome To My Nightmare' tour. I spoke to him a couple of years ago. He is alive and well.
(Renfield, March 1997)
"Half & Half has his family of rabbits all with names, and is interested in getting into Mallard Ducks."
"When I asked him why he left the entourage he said that after a while it got to be where it wasn't fun anymore like it was when they first started out. Sure the money was there then and he would do it to pay for his place to stay and money to go out to eat. "They lived a synthetic reality on the road that was nothing like the real world around them." It took him quite a long time to adjust to reality outside the Coopers and withdrew into the wilderness to live with his animals only to find their predators in the wild, namely a Golden Eagle got one of his rabbits, and cats, and hawks. It got to where he could relate to his animal friends as a better preference than to people."
(Skip Ladd, 15 November 2001)