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October 1, 1945 |
Carmel, California, U.S.
|Origin||Los Angeles, California|
|Genres||R&B, boogie, dance, soul, disco|
|Associated acts||Greg Phillinganes, Dick Griffey, The Whispers, Leon Sylvers III|
Carrie Lucas (October 1, 1945) is an American R&B musician, born in Carmel, California. In 1976 she was signed to Soul Train Records. Lucas made six albums over seven years with Soul Train and Solar Records.
"I Gotta Keep Dancing" and "Gotta Get Away From Your Love" were the two hit singles from Lucas's first album, Simply Carrie, released in 1977. "I Gotta Keep Dancing" peaked at number #64 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in 1977.
Lucas' second album Street Corner Symphony was released in 1978. It featured The Whispers as backing vocalists. A single from the LP, of the same name was a homage to the 1960s doo-wop groups. The album was released on the record producer Dick Griffey's Solar Records label.
In 1979 Lucas released Carrie Lucas in Danceland. Griffey brought in Jody Watley (Shalamar) for background vocals, Lakeside (co-producers and backgrounds) and Walter and Wallace Scott (The Whispers) for backgrounds. Organist Kossi Gardner (1941–2009) wrote (and played on) the hit "Dance With You", which propelled the album to #37 in the U.S Dance Album chart. "Dance With You" gave Lucas her only appearance in the UK Singles Chart, where it peaked at #40. 1980's Portrait of Carrie was less commercially successful, although it did spawn three modest hit singles. The first 12" was a reworking of her first hit, re-titled as "Keep Smilin'." This was followed by "It's Not What You Got (It's How You Use It)" and "Career Girl." Griffey shared production duties with Leon Sylvers and Gardner.
Lucas' next release was in 1982 and entitled, Still In Love. It was recorded and released under the banner of Solar Records and distributed by Elektra/Asylum. The album produced two 12" singles, "Men" and the more successful "Show Me Where You're Coming From." Sheila E. co-wrote the album's title track.
Her most recent album was released in 1985. "Horsin' Around" spawned four 12" singles; "Charlie," "Horsin' Around," "Summer In The Street" and "Hello Stranger." Her cover version of Barbara Lewis' "Hello Stranger" reached #20 on the US Billboard R&B chart.
Lucas' last known recording was an appearance on the 1990 soundtrack to Lambada: Set The Night On Fire. She performed the song "I Like the Rhythm." Lucas is now married to Griffey and decided to retire from the music industry and concentrate on married life and her horses. Carrie Lucas is also the mother of Carolyn Griffey.
Unidisc Records in Canada has released a Greatest Hits package that contains most of her 12" mixes in 1999.
|Year||Album||Chart positions||Record label|
|1977||Simply Carrie||183||—||Soul Train Records|
|1978||Street Corner Symphony||—||—||SOLAR|
|1979||Carrie Lucas In Danceland||119||37|
|1980||Portrait of Carrie||185||57|
|1982||Still In Love||80||13|
|1977||"I Gotta Keep Dancin'"||64||44||2|
|1979||"Dance with You"||70||27||6|
|1980||"I Gotta Keep Dancin' (Keep Smiling)"||—||—||10|
|"It's Not What You Got (It's How You Use It)"||—||74||—|
|1982||"Show Me Where You're Coming From"||—||23||—|
- Allmusic.com - Charts & Awards (singles)
- Allmusic.com - Charts & Awards (albums)
- Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 332. ISBN 1-904994-10-5.
- "Carrie Lucas US albums chart history". allmusic.com. Retrieved 2011-04-03.
- "Carrie Lucas US singles chart history". allmusic.com. Retrieved 2011-04-03.