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James Carr

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; despite producing several classic R&B singles and some of the most intense country-soul ever waxed, Carr never achieved the pop crossover success that could have made him a household name, and his material wasn't always as distinctive as that of Stax artists like Redding or Sam & Dave. Ultimately, though, Carr's greatest obstacle was himself: he was plagued for much of his life by severe depression that made pursuit of a career -- or, for that matter, even single recording sessions -- extraordinarily difficult, and derailed his occasional comeback attempts.

James Carr was born June 13, 1942, in Coahoma County, MS, near Clarksdale; his father, a minister, moved the family to Memphis when Carr was very young. Carr began singing in church at age nine, and performed with several area gospel groups in his teenage years, including the Harmony Echoes (though not, as legend had it, the Soul Stirrers). Both Carr and Echoes manager Roosevelt Jamison had been harboring ambitions for careers in secular music, and the two began looking for a solo deal for Carr in 1963. Stax turned him down, but in late 1964 he caught on with Goldwax, a Memphis label started by Quinton Claunch (who'd earlier co-founded Hi Records) that, in its early days, also featured O.V. Wright (with whom Carr had sung in the Redemption Harmonizers). Over the next couple of years, Carr cut several singles that ranged from Motown-ish pop to soul-blues, searching for the best stylistic match for his richly expressive baritone.

Carr finally hit in 1966 with the country-soul ballad "You Got My Mind Messed Up," a Top Ten R&B hit that earned him comparisons to Otis Redding. It kicked off the prime period of Carr's recording career, and among his next few singles was his clear-cut masterpiece "Dark End of the Street." Given a tortuously intense performance by Carr, "Dark End of the Street" was a bleak tale of adultery that marked the first songwriting collaboration between Dan Penn and Chips Moman; although the song was recorded by the likes of Aretha Franklin, Clarence Carter, Linda Ronstadt, and the Flying Burrito Brothers, Carr's original version still stands as definitive. Featuring other hit singles like the Redding-esque "Love Attack" and the exquisite "Pouring Water on a Drowning Man," Carr's 1966 debut LP You Got My Mind Messed Up is also considered a classic by many Southern soul collectors.

Despite Carr's first flush of success on the R&B charts over 1966-1967, things were not looking up. Carr signed on with Phil Walden, Otis Redding's manager, in 1966, but without Roosevelt Jamison around (he'd served as Carr's caretaker just as much as his manager), Carr found himself unable to deal with the stress of touring; he frequently wandered off alone and got lost. By 1968, his mental state had deteriorated greatly, making even recording sessions a challenge. He was able to complete a second LP, 1968's A Man Needs a Woman, but in Muscle Shoals for his last Goldwax session in 1969, he simply sat at the microphone and stared into space, singing only one song (the Bee Gees' "To Love Somebody"). Not long afterward, Goldwax went bankrupt; wary of the singer's instability, Capitol rescinded an offer to buy out his contract, and although Carr signed with Atlantic, he released only one single in 1971.

In 1977, Carr released one single on the small River City label, which was run by Roosevelt Jamison. Two years later, he undertook a tour of Japan that started off well; however, at the Tokyo gig, Carr -- apparently having taken too many anti-depressants -- stood motionless at the microphone as though in a hypnotic trance. He returned to Memphis, where he lived with his sister (in between institutionalizations), and spent much of the '80s barely conscious of the world around him. With medication, his condition improved to the point where Jamison and Quinton Claunch cut an album with him in 1991 for a revived Goldwax. The record, Take Me to the Limit, received mixed reviews, although its very existence was an achievement in itself. Carr was even able to return to the road, touring the blues circuits in America and Europe. In 1994, he released another album on Claunch's new Soultrax label, titled Soul Survivor. Unfortunately, Carr was soon diagnosed with lung cancer, and spent several years battling the disease before finally succumbing on January 7, 2001. ~ Steve Huey, Rovi
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Comments

ms.kgonzales
Hmmmm...
I think he sounds more like Etta James than Etta did in the end.
This bio made me cry. Ive ALWAYS loved James Carr, & wondered what had become of him. God bless his dear soul . ......
can't tell you what this song does for me!
I like my Otis
Good song to kick back and get drunk to
I luv this song! James Carr ,one of my favorite
Lpve this song...otis redding did this song too..
My young three bbs love james carr and MANY MANY others-----I need music....
dotrosyarmst r o n g
yes lord
Raises the hair on your arms it' s so good!
I grow up listen to a lot of powerful singers. Mr. Carr happen to one if them . To this day I'll take old school R&B anytime. I believe if u rite now raise your kids to this day. Off of earlier Music their passion each would be so much better. I write poetry and the earlier singers feed my soul. Thanks to the earlier artist. Bam Bam 2013 Engelhard NC
love the song got m mind messed up
Wellwellwell !
Carr was great, too bad we didn't hear more from him before his tragic illnesses.
nicko252008
James Carr is the BEST!!!
I WONDER DID OTIS REMAKE THIS OR DID THIS GUY REMAKE THIS I GOING TO FIND OUT
What a wonderful and amazing voice!
joann8941
I am so surprised that I can`t remember James Carr...I have heard all
of his songs..I don`t remember hearing his name..Happy, to hear his name now....Great songs and now I know a great man.
ONE OF THE GREATS
If you culd hear silk being woven, this is what it would sound like
inky3
probably the greatest soul singer ever
I wonder why I've never heard of the guy
Voice that touches the inner emotions of the heart. He is missed.
right to the heart
ebastar
I heard this and I thought it was Otis I love my late great they are the power of the music that influnenced soooooo many artist thank you James!
I have never heard of James Carr, but i like his style so romantic. I like this song. I will buy his CD. ASAP
this is a real pure soul artist
sargeantbob4 5
I really enjoy the late greats.
As good a voice as there ever was, and as sad and mournful a voice as ever could be.
rickwag8
depression is a b**ch..I don't wish it on anyone
I am truly honored to share my birthday, June 13th with Mr. James Carr. Very soulful voice with much passion. He should be a household name.
love his voice....wha t an artist
ews19971
ONE OF THE MOST "TRUE SOUL SINGERS" EVER TO PROVIDE EMOTIONS, MEANING, AND FEELINGS THROUGH EVERY WORD SUNG. IT WAS AN HONOR, AND A TRUE PLEASURE TO EXPERIENCE TWO LIVE PERFORMANCES IN AN INTIMATE JAZZ/BLUES CLUB.
swill153
So sad. So often those with the most talent are significantl y troubled.
sweetiepie56 0 4
He makes me feel humble and relaxed.
JAMES CARR SHOWS HE BELONGS
So OO much Feeling.s
joanie1045
What a great artist
love his music
Who is this man?
I would love for this artist to have went a little further in his career. He left his audience wanting a little bit more....
Excellent! Love his music!
James Carr could have sang to me 24/7 his music was the bomb.
Larosa Annapolis, MD 12/8/2008
I heard about Mr. Carr from Blues Review Magazine in'97. "THE ESSENTIAL JAMES CARR"
on the Razor and Tie label is the CD I recommend. varaha Escondido CA 9/7/08
I DID'T KNOW TOO MUCH ABOUT HIM' TILL ONE DAY' I PLAYED MY BROTHER RECORD' CALLED' LOVE ATTACK' IT WAS THE BOMB!!
mkcorio
Has the combination that great music needs to make a great sound
He's great. I don't know where I was to miss this great soulful voice.
Ashamed 2 say that I just discovered this man but I'm so so glad I did...thanks once again Pandora!
caroline-aus t i n
Somehow I missed James Carr in the 1960s and 1970s, but having just heard these arms of mine, I'm really sorry that I did. He's really great. What a shame that his career never really took off. Are any of his records available?
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