Wednesday, May 25, 2005

James Carr !




James Carr was born June 13, 1942, in Coahoma County, MS, near Clarksdale. One of the greatest pure vocalists that deep Southern soul ever produced, 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 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.
Regarded by many as the greatest soul singerof all time, Carr's major & best work was recorded in Memphis for Quinton Claunch's Goldwax Records between 1964 & 1970.

James Carr - Forgetting You

James Carr - The Dark End Of The Street


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