Carl Albert (musician)

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Carl Albert
Born (1962-05-13)May 13, 1962
Died April 22, 1995(1995-04-22) (aged 32)
Genres Heavy metal, Hard rock
Occupation(s) Vocalist, guitar
Instruments Vocals, guitar, piano, harmonica
Years active 1984-1995
Associated acts Vicious Rumors
Website Carl Albert (Carl Albert ) on Myspace

Carl Spencer Albert (1962–1995), simply known as Carl Albert, was an American musician, the lead singer of the band Vicious Rumors from late 1986 until 1995. He was a 1975 graduate of Columbia Elementary School in Columbia, Tuolumne County, California, and a 1979 graduate of Sonora High School, Sonora, California, also in Tuolumne County. He played lead guitar in local bands in Tuolumne County for several years, notably in Crossfire, a hard-rock band, Chaser, another hard-rock band, and Uncle Fester (with bandmate Shon Snyder), a hard-rock band.

He died on April 19, 1995 as a result of a car accident and is buried in the Sonora, California, Catholic Cemetery.[1]

Before joining Vicious Rumors, Carl Albert played with the bands Ruffians,[2] Villain,[3] and Scratch.[4]

In memory of Carl Albert, Vicious Rumors released the CD A tribute to Carl Albert (including bootleg recordings taken from the last European tour they did together) and the home-video The First Ten Years.

The Vicious Rumors song "Perpetual", included on the Something Burning album (and sung by the leader of the band Geoff Thorpe because "there is no one who can take Carl's place"), was the last track written by Carl Albert.

The guitarist Mark McGee, for one of his solo projects (actually unpublished), composed and recorded the song "Find Your Way Home" dedicated to the memory of his lost friend.[5]

Original VR Bassist Dave Starr's new band WildeStarr, has a song called "Voice in the Silence" dedicated to Carl on their 2010 debut CD "ARRIVAL"


with Vicious Rumors[edit]

with Ruffians[edit]

  • 1984 - Demo [Demo tape]
  • 1985 - Ruffians [EP]
  • 2004 - 85 & Live [Best of/Compilation]
  • 2005 - There & Back [Best of/Compilation]

with Villain[edit]

  • 1986 - Only Time Will Tell [EP]

with Scratch[edit]

  • 1986 - Beyond the Fear [Demo tape]



  1. ^ "Vicious Rumors". 1995-04-23. Retrieved 2010-06-08. 
  2. ^ "Ruffians". Retrieved 2010-06-08. 
  3. ^ "Villain". Retrieved 2010-06-08. 
  4. ^ "Scratch". 1995-04-23. Retrieved 2010-06-08. 
  5. ^ "Solo Project". Retrieved 2010-06-08. 

External links[edit]

Carl Albert era VR Myspace

Dave Starr's VR History Site with Carl Albert Memorial