Calvin Carter

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Calvin Carter (born May 27, 1925) is an American songwriter of jazz and pop songs, and record producer.[1]

Calvin Carter joined Vee-Jay Records, founded by his sister Vivian Carter and her husband James Bracken,[2] in 1953 and became its principal A&R man and producer, in charge of recording sessions.[3][4] According to Allmusic, he was responsible for giving "direction and vision" to the company, which mainly recorded R&B acts such as Elmore James, John Lee Hooker, and Jimmy Reed.[5] Vee Jay Records was the first American company to sign The Beatles.[6] Calvin Carter also worked at Liberty Records and work with Canned Heat. [7] He also recorded jazz greats like Eddie Harris and Gene Ammons [8]

His best-known song, "I Ain't Got You", was recorded by both Jimmy Reed and Billy Boy Arnold in 1955 and later covered by The Yardbirds in 1964 (as the B-side to their "Good Morning Little Schoolgirl" single), by Aerosmith in 1973 (on their Live! Bootleg album), and by The Blues Brothers in 1980 (on their Made in America album).

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