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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June 13, 1970 ~ Billboard Hot 100 ~ #3 (1) Ray Stevens, Everything Is Beautiful ~ #2 (2) The Poppy Family featuring Susan Jacks, Which Way You Goin' Billy? ~ #1 (10) The Beatles, The Long And Winding Road/For You Blue


His legacy is limited, for during his prime in the latter part of the 1960’s he only released little over 13 singles and two albums. He returned in the 1990’s with a couple of mediocre and mostly overlooked CD’s. […] Unfortunately, they only consisted of his voice backed up by awful synthesized instrumentation but his voice was still in order. ~ Songs of Sam Cooke: James Carr ~ retrieved June 29, 2013 © SongsOfSamCooke.com

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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