Exceptional, and underrated USA soul singer, James Carr, started out in gospel with groups like Sunset Travelers before going solo on Goldwax Records in the 60s. Carr’s heartbreaking, intense style was defined by a peerless run of singles in the mid-60s including You’ve Got My Mind Messed Up, Pouring Water On A Drowning Man, Love Attack and the bittersweet classic The Dark End Of The Street. However, drug abuse threatened to derail things for him; he managed to release the lovely Hold On, for Atlantic Records in 1971 before slowly fading from view. By the end of the decade an impoverished Carr was recording for obscure labels and struggling to perform onstage. Following a lengthy absence, he made a welcome return in the 90s with two new albums, on the newly resurrected Goldwax label, and some warmly received live performances. Tragically, shortly after resurrecting his career, and reputation, Carr died of cancer in 2001.
Followers: Luther Ingram
Influenced By: Arthur Alexander, Clyde McPhatter, Jerry Butler, James Brown, Sam Cooke...