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|Birth name||Charles Cronk|
|Genres||Progressive rock, art rock, folk rock|
|Instruments||Bass guitar, guitar, bass pedals, keyboards|
|Associated acts||Strawbs, Cry No More|
Charles Cronk is an English rock singer-songwriter and musician, best known as the bassist for the Strawbsfrom 1973 to 1980, then again from 2004 to the present, as well as touring as part of Steve Hackett's band in the 1980s.
Unless otherwise stated, the details are of the singles released in the UK.
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