James Carr, singer
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

Continued right after these…

Honoring musicians. Celebrating birthdays. Remembering death days.

June 13, 1981 ~ Billboard Hot 100 ~ #3 (4) A Taste Of Honey, Sukiyaki ~ #2 (3) Stars On 45, Stars On 45 Medley ~ #1 (1) Kim Carnes, Bette Davis Eyes

Continued…

Carr suffered from bipolar disorder for most of his life which affected his career. This was evident during a tour of Japan in the 1970s when he froze in front of an audience following an overdose of antidepressants. However he completed the Japan tour with much success. ~ Wikipedia: James Carr ~ retrieved June 29, 2013 © Wikipedia

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



All text snippets containing a hyperlink copyrighted by the original website.
Views expressed by musicians, music critics or journalists do not necessarily represent ours.
concept & design © 2019 Make Today Rock