James Carr, singer

James Carr

June 13, 1942, Coahoma, MS ~ January 7, 2001, Memphis, TN

In 1967, his rendition of The Dark End of the Street became a Top 10 R&B hit and was considered the ultimate Southern soul “cheating” song. ~ Variety: James Carr Obituary ~ January 15, 2001 © Variety

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One of the greatest pure vocalists that deep Southern soul ever produced, James Carr is often mentioned in the same breath as Otis Redding, Percy Sledge, and Aretha Franklin in terms of the wrenching emotional power in his delivery. Or at least he is by hardcore soul aficionados. ~ Allmusic: James Carr ~ retrieved July 31, 2013 © Allmusic

Widely admired by soul-music connoisseurs but whose career was sidetracked by mental illness. The son of a Baptist minister, Carr was born in Mississippi and began singing with gospel groups, including the Redemption Harmonizers with future rhythm and blues star O.V. Wright. […] Otis Redding' manager Phil Walden took over Carr's career in 1966, but the singer's potential to match Redding's stature was undercut by mental problems that led to periods of disorientation. Frequently hospitalized and sometimes impoverished, he recorded and performed sporadically in the 1970s and '80s and released collections of new material in 1991 and 1993. ~ Los Angeles Times: James Carr Obituary ~ January 12, 2001 © Los Angeles Times

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