Linda Carr

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Though she was born and based in America, Linda Carr is considered to be among the United Kingdom's best-loved but long-forgotten female vocalists of the mid-'70s. She first came to attention in 1967…
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Though she was born and based in America, Linda Carr is considered to be among the United Kingdom's best-loved but long-forgotten female vocalists of the mid-'70s. She first came to attention in 1967 when she recorded the Northern soul classic "Everytime," backed by "Trying to Be Good for You," for the Stateside label. Neither this nor several other Fame Studio cuts made a mainstream impression, and Carr all but disappeared until her triumphant and spectacular return in 1975 amid the U.K.'s sudden rediscovery of its Northern soul heritage. (Several early Carr recordings can be located on Northern soul CD collections.) Now signed to Chelsea, Carr teamed with producer Kenny Nolan to record her debut album, 1975's Cherry Pie Guy. With the singer and her group unveiled as Linda Carr & the Love Squad, July brought Carr's first real success, as the Nolan-penned "Highwire" tipped number 15 on the U.K. charts. A handful of further singles culled from the album, "Cherry Pie Guy," "Dial L for the Love Squad," and "Mama's Little Corner of the World," failed to spark, and it seemed that Carr was already headed for commercial relegation. However, she managed to rebound the following year as one further single, also written by Nolan, "Sold My Rock ‘n' Roll (Gave It for Funky Soul)," released under the name Linda & the Funky Boys, cracked the Top 40 -- unfortunately, the Satisfied album went nowhere.