Library Rock's Backpages

James Carr

James Carr

11 articles

Audio interviews

Roosevelt Jamison on James Carr (1985)

Interview by Barney Hoskyns, Rock's Backpages audio, 1985

Roosevelt Jamison – friend, mentor and sometime manager – remembers deep soul greats James Carr and O.V. Wright.

File format: mp3; file size: 49.6mb, total interview length: 51' 37" sound quality: ***

James Carr (1987)

Interview by Andy Kershaw, Rock's Backpages audio, 13 August 1987

The Lost Man of Southern Soul looks back at his Mississippi childhood; his background singing gospel; meeting Quinton Claunch and starting to make records, and after the lost years, touring Japan and his current activities.

File format: mp3; file size: 23mb, interview length: 25' 06" sound quality: *****

List of articles in the library

By date | By writer | Most recently added

The Great Unknowns No. 9: James Carr, the Memphis Master

Retrospective by Roger St. Pierre, New Musical Express, 13 October 1973

JAMES CARR has never had a hit record in this country and has now disappeared from the scene. Yet at one time he was seriously ...

James Carr: At The Dark End Of The Street (Blue Side, import)

Review by Barney Hoskyns, New Musical Express, 1987

"THE WORLD'S Greatest Soul Singer", boasts the cover of this magnificent album, and I ain't about to argue. In fact I have long regarded the ...

James Carr: At the Dark End of the Street (Blue Side)

Review by Don Snowden, Los Angeles Times, 12 July 1987

Artist: James Carr.Album: At the Dark End of the Street (Blue Side). ...

James Carr: The Lost Voice Of Soul

Report and Interview by Robert Gordon, Q, October 1992

WHEN IT WAS BUILT IN THE 1950s, Memphis's Mid South Building was probably stylish and sleek. Today, the blocky turquoise exterior pales next to the ...

James Carr: At the Dark End of the Soul

Profile and Interview by Robert Gordon, L.A. Weekly, May 1993

THE WALLS OF the office are mostly bare, the blue carpeting subdued. The fax machine in the corner seems like an anachronism. Only the large ...

Cheatin' Meeting of Minds: 'The Dark End of the Street'

Retrospective by Barney Hoskyns, Independent on Sunday, 9 January 1994

"THIS IS probably one of the greatest songs that's ever come out of black American music," announces Ricky Ross over the piano intro to Deacon ...

Lost Soul: James Carr

Retrospective by Barney Hoskyns, MOJO, June 2000

THE SETTING is not a promising one. It’s late on a muggy Friday night, a "blues" club on Bleecker Street, NYC, June of 1996. A ...

James Carr

Book Excerpt by Phil Hardy, Dave Laing, Faber Companion to 20th Century Popular Music, 2001

ONE OF THE finest exponents of Southern soul, whose intense performances won him a strong cult following, Carr made the original versions of the often-recorded ...

Chips Moman, 1937-2016

Obituary by Richard Williams, The Guardian, 15 June 2016

Guitarist, record producer and songwriter who co-wrote 'The Dark End of the Street' and worked with Elvis Presley, Aretha Franklin and Tammy Wynette. ...


back to LIBRARY