James Carr

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James Carr (June 13, 1942 – January 7, 2001), was an American rhythm and blues and soul singer.

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-1960s for Goldwax Records, a small Memphis based independent record 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 Penn and 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 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. A resurgence in interest in his music, spurred by his portrayal in Peter Guralnick's 1986 book Sweet Soul Music, helped return Carr to the recording studio but failed to deliver any further chart success.

James Carr died from lung cancer in a Memphis nursing home in 2001, aged 58.

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Year Title RatingReleases
1966 You Got My Mind Messed Up 3
1968 A Man Needs a Woman 4

Album + Compilation

Year Title RatingReleases
1995 The Essential James Carr 1
2001 The Complete Goldwax Singles 1


Year Title RatingReleases
1964 Lover's Competition / I Can't Make It 1
1964 You Don't Want Me / Only Fools Run Away 1
1965 She's Better Than You / Talk Talk 1
1966 Love Attack / Coming Back to Me Baby 1
1966 Pouring Water on a Drowning Man / Forgetting You 1
1966 You've Got My Mind Messed Up / That's What I Want to Know 1
1967 I'm a Fool for You / Gonna Send You Back to Georgia 1
1967 Let It Happen / A Losing Game 1
1967 The Dark End of the Street / Lovable Girl 1
1968 A Man Needs a Woman / Stronger Than Love 1
1969 Everybody Needs Somebody / Row Row Your Boat 1
1969 That's the Way Love Turned Out for Me / Freedom Train 1
1969 To Love Somebody / These Ain't Raindrops 1
1971 Hold On / I'll Put to You 1
1977 Bring Her Back / Let Me Be Right 1
1990 Soul Survivor / Gonna Marry My Mother in Law 1

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