Carrie Lucas

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Carrie Lucas
Born (1945-10-01) October 1, 1945 (age 74)
Carmel, California, U.S.
OriginLos Angeles, California
GenresDisco, boogie, dance, soul, R&B
Years active1977–1990
LabelsSOLAR Records
Associated actsGreg 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.

According to records at the Los Angeles County Clerk's Office, Lucas and Soul Train Records and Solar Records founder Dick Griffey were married on November 13, 1974 until his passing in 2010.


"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.[1]

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.[2] 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.[3] 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 decided to retire from the music industry and concentrate on married life and her horses. Carrie Lucas is the mother of Carolyn Griffey and Lucas Griffey.

Unidisc Records in Canada has released a Greatest Hits package that contains most of her 12" mixes in 1999. Carrie Lucas released her first single since 1990 on May 15, 2018. The new single is titled 'Some Things Never Change' and is written by Carrie Lucas and Nigel Lowis and has been released on Solar Records UK.


Studio albums[edit]

Year Album Chart positions[4] 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
1984 Horsin' Around 40 Constellation


Year Single Chart positions[5]
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
1981 "Career Girl" 55
1982 "Show Me Where You're Coming From" 23
1985 "Hello Stranger" 20


  1. ^ - Charts & Awards (singles)
  2. ^ - Charts & Awards (albums)
  3. ^ Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 332. ISBN 1-904994-10-5.
  4. ^ "Carrie Lucas US albums chart history". Retrieved 2011-04-03.
  5. ^ "Carrie Lucas US singles chart history". Retrieved 2011-04-03.

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