Carl Carlton

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Carl Carlton
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Carl Carlton in 1968
Background information
Born (1953-05-21) May 21, 1953 (age 61)
Origin Detroit, Michigan, United States
Genres Pop, R&B, soul, funk
Occupation(s) Singer
Years active 1968–present

Carl Carlton (born May 21, 1953, Detroit, Michigan) is an American R&B, soul, and funk singer and songwriter, best known for his hits "Everlasting Love" and "She's a Bad Mama Jama (She's Built, She's Stacked)".

Career[edit]

Carlton began his career in the mid-1960's as "Little Carl" Carlton. This was a marketing ploy to capitalize on some vocal similarities to Stevie Wonder, who recorded under the name "Little Stevie Wonder" in the early 1960's. His first recordings were for Lando Records, for which he recorded some minor local hits, including "So What" and "Don't You Need A Boy Like Me." In 1968, Carlton was signed by Don D. Robey to his new label, Back Beat Records. Shortly after signing with the label, Carlton relocated to Houston, Texas to be closer to his new label. His first single with the label, "Competition Ain't Nothing" became a huge hit on the UK northern soul scene after its release on the UK Action label. Carlton finally saw major success in the United States with a cover version of Robert Knight's "Everlasting Love." This song went to #6 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 chart, and #11 on the Billboard R&B Charts in 1974.

Robey sold his labels to ABC Records in 1972. Beginning in 1976, Carlton became embroiled in a royalty dispute with ABC Records that caused him to stop recording for some time. He then signed with Mercury Records in 1977, but only released one single on that label. Carlton was unable to land a new recording contract for several years until Leon Haywood helped him get a singles deal with 20th Century Records.

A Haywood-penned single, "She's A Bad Mama Jama (She's Built, She's Stacked)", became a major hit, peaking at #2 on the soul chart and earning Carlton a Grammy Award nomination for Best R&B Vocal Performance, Male.[1] in 1982. The track peaked at #34 in the UK Singles Chart.[2] Carlton's subsequent album, Carl Carlton, went gold in 1981. "She's a Bad Mama Jama" has since become a staple of compilation albums and soundtracks and is often sampled in rap music.[citation needed]

Carlton released several more albums in the 1980s but had only a few minor R&B hits. After 1985's Private Property, he did not release another album until 1994's Main Event, which also failed to chart.

In late 2002, Carlton appeared with many R&B stars on the "Rhythm, Love, and Soul" edition of the PBS series American Soundtrack. His performance of "Everlasting Love" was included on the accompanying live album that was released in 2004.[3][4]

On August 1, 2010, Carlton released his first gospel single entitled: "God is Good". He is currently in the studio completing his yet to be titled new album.[5] On April 16, 2011, Carlton was nominated for a Detroit Music Award in the "Outstanding Gospel/Christian Vocalist" category.[6]

Discography[edit]

Chart singles[edit]

Year Single Chart Positions
US Pop[7] US
R&B
[8]
UK[9]
1968 "Competition Ain't Nothin'"
Little Carl Carlton
75 36 -
"46 Drums - 1 Guitar"
Little Carl Carlton
105 19 -
1969 "Look At Mary Wonder (How I Got Over)"
Little Carl Carlton
- 42 -
"Don't Walk Away" - 38 -
1970 "Drop By My Place"
Little Carl Carlton
78 12 -
1971 "I Can Feel It" /
"You've Got So Much (To Learn About Love)"
- 47 -
1972 "I Won't Let That Chump Break Your Heart" - 42 -
1973 "You Can't Stop A Man In Love" - 81 -
1974 "Everlasting Love" 6 11 -
1975 "Smokin' Room" 91 13 -
"Morning, Noon and Nightime" - 71 -
1976 "Ain't Gonna Tell Nobody (About You)" - 67 -
1980 "This Feeling's Rated X-Tra" - 57 -
1981 "She's a Bad Mama Jama (She's Built, She's Stacked)" 22 2 34
1982 "I Think It's Gonna Be Alright" - 65 -
"Baby I Need Your Loving`" 103 17 -
1983 "Swing That Sexy Thang" - 54 -
1985 "Private Property" - 28 -
1986 "Slipped, Tripped (Fooled Around And Fell In Love)" - 88 -

Albums[edit]

  • Can't Stop A Man In Love (Back Beat, 1973)
  • Everlasting Love (ABC, 1974)
  • I Wanna Be With You (ABC, 1975)
  • Carl Carlton (20th Century Fox, 1981)
  • The Bad C.C. (RCA Victor, 1982)
  • Private Property (Casablanca, 1985)
  • Main Event (Evejim, 1994)
  • God Is Good (CTU, 2010)

References[edit]

  1. ^ L.A. Times "The Envelope" awards database, (Accessed August 15, 2006)
  2. ^ Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 94. ISBN 1-904994-10-5. 
  3. ^ American Soundtrack IMDB entry, (Accessed August 15, 2006)
  4. ^ Shout! Factory CD information, (Accessed August 15, 2006)
  5. ^ Cturecords.com
  6. ^ [1]
  7. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2003). Top Pop Singles 1955-2002 (1st ed.). Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin: Record Research Inc. p. 107. ISBN 0-89820-155-1. 
  8. ^ Whitburn, Joel (1996). Top R&B/Hip-Hop Singles: 1942-1995. Record Research. p. 66. 
  9. ^ Betts, Graham (2004). Complete UK Hit Singles 1952-2004 (1st ed.). London: Collins. p. 130. ISBN 0-00-717931-6. 

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