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Roy Carr

The late Roy Carr began his career as a member of Blackpool-based band the Executives. The band supported many leading acts in the mid-1960s, including the Beatles, the Rolling Stones and The Who, and had several unsuccessful singles issued on the Columbia and CBS labels. Carr became friendly with many leading musicians, including John Lennon; in 1969, when working with a local promoter in Toronto, Carr reported on Lennon's appearance at the Toronto Rock and Roll Revival.

After first starting to write reviews for Jazz News and the NME in the early 1960s, he joined the NME staff in 1970. He contributed as reviewer, interviewer and columnist to the magazine's relaunch later in the decade under editors Alan Smith and Nick Logan. During the 1980s and 1990s Carr compiled the majority of free tape and CD compilations that were given away with music magazines such as NME, Vox and Melody Maker, including the influential C86 cassette compilation. Carr also worked as a broadcaster, record producer, and writer of album liner notes.His career as a music journalist and magazine editor continued until his official retirement in 2006, in later years contributing as a freelance writer to jazz magazines. Roy's health deteriorated after the sudden death of his son in 2013.Carr died of a heart attack in hospital on 1 July 2018, aged 73.

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The Chi-Lites: Roy Carr in Harlem sees the Chi-Lites

Interview by Roy Carr, New Musical Express, 5 February 1972

IT HAS TAKEN the Chi-Lites ten years to become an overnight success. A decade of dues playing on the Chitlin' circuit which helped justify their ...

Cockney Rebel: The Human Menagerie (EMI)

Review by Roy Carr, New Musical Express, 26 January 1974

JUDGING FROM the mass of press coverage that Cockney Rebel are currently grabbing for themselves, it would appear that their verbose frontman Steve Harley is ...

Lamont Dozier: Holland-Dozier-Holland

Interview by Roy Carr, Gavin Martin, Uncut, September 2004

They were pop's most prolific hit factory, producing 70 US Top Ten singles and 20 No. 1s. On the 45th anniversary of Motown, we meet ...

Ellie Greenwich: Leaders of the Pack

Interview by Roy Carr, Andrew Tyler, New Musical Express, 3 November 1973

Ten years ago the American pop scene was dominated by two opposing song factories — KIRSHNER'S Krazy Kids and the Behemoths of the BRILL BUILDING. ...

Grateful Dead: Jerry Garcia: a Rare Interview

Interview by Roy Carr, New Musical Express, 5 February 1972

Roy Carr in New York: the problems of making the Dead NOT happen ...

Carole King: Subtle, Intense: Carole King: Fantasy (Ode Import)

Review by Roy Carr, New Musical Express, 23 June 1973

AFTER THE DISAPPOINTMENT of Rhymes & Reasons, I found myself approaching this album with a certain degree of trepidation. For, having failed to ignite any ...

Led Zeppelin: Thirty Years Gone: Remembering John Bonham

Book Excerpt by Roy Carr, 'Talk on the Wild Side' (EarBooks), 2009

WELL, THIS IS L.A., so I assume we're being hit by an earthquake. What else could cause the walls of my hotel room to vibrate ...

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