Eddie Carter

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The '70s rock musician Eddie Carter came in for the last year in the existence of Mr. Big, a British group that is often confused with an American heavy metal band of the same name that was active in…
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The '70s rock musician Eddie Carter came in for the last year in the existence of Mr. Big, a British group that is often confused with an American heavy metal band of the same name that was active in the '80s and '90s. The earlier Mr. Big was more along the lines of power pop, fronted by a guitarist, vocalist, and songwriter named Jeff Dicken who fancied himself the Bruce Springsteen of England, although he stopped short of cutting a "Born in the U.K." album. Carter joined up in 1976, contributing additional vocals and guitar as well as banging tambourines and huffing harmonicas in the studio.

The band toured Europe as an opener for Sweet shortly after enlisting Carter, then went to work recording its second album. Producer Val Garay took charge of this effort which produced the single "Romeo," a hit despite, or perhaps because of, being banned by the BBC. Record company tiffs and a lackluster follow-up single were just the beginning of problems that would cause the band's demise. "Feel Like Calling Home" was a song title that could describe the frame of mind of most touring musicians, but Mr. Big's final album, produced by Ian Hunter and entitled Seppuku, was not even released until 2001. In 1978 the band split up, with Carter and fellow bandmate John Burnip going on to form a new group entitled Sunfly. This band name has also been used by a Delaware based combo -- the sole Sunfly album release is by the latter group, not the British outfit. Sunfly was also usurped by one of the largest distributors of karaoke material. This Eddie Carter should not be confused with the session guitarist and Beach Boys backup band member nor with the doo wop leader of Eddie Carter & the Carter Rays.