- James Carr (musician)
Infobox Musical artist
Name = James Carr
Landscape = no
Background = solo_singer
Born = birth date|1942|6|13
Died = Death date and age|2001|1|7|1942|6|13
Coahoma, Mississippi, USA
Genre = Rhythm & blues, soul
Years_active = 1966-1980s
Label = Goldwax
Born to a Baptist preacher's family in
Coahoma, Mississippi, Carr began singing in church and was performing in gospel groups and making tables on an assembly line in Memphis, Tennessee, when he began recording in the mid-'60s for Goldwax Records, a small Memphis based label.
Carr first made the R&B charts in 1966 with "You've Got My Mind Messed Up", followed by his most famous song "
The Dark End of the Street", written by Dan Pennand Chips Moman. Carr continued to record for Goldwax until the label closed in 1969 but failed to reach the same heights with his subsequent releases.
Carr suffered from
bipolar disorderfor most of his life which affected his career. This was evident during a tour of Japanin the 1970s when he froze in front of an audience following an overdose of antidepressants. However he completed the Japan tour with much success. A resurgence in interest in his music, spurred by his portrayal in the 1986 book "Sweet Soul Music", helped return Carr to the recording studio but failed to deliver any further chart success.
While Carr was never as popular among general audiences as contemporaries like
Otis Reddingand Solomon Burke, his vocal performances on select tracks are still considered unmatched by many soul musicand rhythm & bluesfans.
James Carr died from
lung cancerin a Memphis nursing homein 2001, aged 58.
You Got My Mind Messed Up" (1967) R&B: #25
A Man Needs A Woman" (1968)
*"Take Me To The Limit" (1991)
*"Soul Survivor" (1994)
*"Pouring Water on a Drowning Man" (1966) R&B #23, US #85
*"Love Attack" (1966) R&B #21, US #99
*"You've Got My Mind Messed Up" (1966) R&B #7 US #63
*"Let It Happen" (1967) R&B #30
The Dark End of the Street" (1967) R&B #10 US #77
*"I'm a Fool for You" (1967) R&B #42 US #97
*"A Man Needs a Woman" (1968) R&B #16 US #63
*"Freedom Train" (1969) R&B #39
*"To Love Somebody" (1969) R&B #44
*"Complete, Vol. 1" (1994)
*"Complete, Vol. 2" (1994) Goldwax
*"The Essential James Carr" (1995) Razor & Tie
*"24 Karat Soul" (2001) Soultrax
*"The Complete Goldwax Singles" (2001) Kent
*"My Soul Is Satisfied/The Rest of James Carr" (2004) Kent
* [http://www.bluejuice.org.au/subpage3.html James Carr Biography]
* [http://www.cascadeblues.org/History/James%20Carr.htm Cascade Blues article]
* [http://www.songsofsamcooke.com/carr/opening.htm The Songs of James Carr, lyrics and discograhpy]
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