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Promotional photograph of Cathy Carr, 1956
|Birth name||Angelina Helen Catherine Cordovano|
28 June 1936|
The Bronx, New York, U.S.
22 November 1988 (aged 52)|
Fayetteville, New York, U.S.
|Labels||Coral, Fraternity, Roulette, London, Smash, Laurie, RCA, Dot|
She was born in The Bronx. As a child, she appeared on The Children's Hour, a television show locally aired in New York; sponsored by Horn & Hardart, a cafeteria chain which had locations in New York and Philadelphia. She later became a singer and dancer with the USO and joined big band orchestras such as those of Sammy Kaye and Johnny Dee.
In 1953 she signed with Coral Records, but had no hits for them, later switching to Fraternity Records, a small company based in Cincinnati, Ohio, in early 1955. It was for Fraternity that she had her only major hit, "Ivory Tower", which was her third record for Fraternity.
She never again had another big hit, though in 1959 she had two small successes for Roulette Records. She recorded one single for Smash Records in 1961, which was a more mature song, but went back to recording teenage pop on Laurie Records in 1962. She moved to RCA to record a number of albums of standards, before Laurie released her final single in 1967. Her first LP was reissued on Dot Records in 1966.
At the time of her 1956 hit, she recorded a lot of high school pop, not moving on to more mature songs and standards until her pop career was all but over. The CD age saw an unofficial release of selected singles which showed her preference to seem younger than she was and did not include her attempts at more mature songs.
|Date of Release||Title||Label||Cat. No||Notes|
|February 1957||Ivory Tower||Fraternity||F-1005|
|1964||Songs for Sentimentalists||RCA Canada||LPM-2913 (mono)|
|1966||Travel by Carr||RCA Canada||PC-1050 (mono)|
|1966||Ivory Tower||Dot||DLP-3674 (mono)
|Reissue of LP on Fraternity|
Stereo Version is Rechanelled
|Date of Release||Title||Label||Cat. No||Notes|
|1953||Half Pint Boogie c/w Heartbroken||Coral||60907|
|1953||Somebody Told You A Lie c/w
I Just Can't Get That Melody Out Of My Mind
|1953||I'll Cry At Your Wedding c/w Cryin' for the Carolines||Coral||61092|
|1955||I Never Really Stopped Loving You c/w Warm Your Heart||Fraternity||F-712|
|1955||Morning, Noon and Night c/w Towards Evenin'||Fraternity||F-718|
|1956||Ivory Tower c/w Please, Please Believe Me||Fraternity||F-734|
|1956||I'll Cry At Your Wedding c/w Heartbroken||Coral||9-61646||Presumably released by Coral to capitalise on the popularity of Ivory Tower|
|1956||Heart Hideaway c/w The Boy On Page 35||Fraternity||F-743|
|1956||Oh Baby c/w Waltzing To The Blues||Fraternity||F-750|
|1957||Una Momento c/w It Looks Like Love||Fraternity||F-757|
|1957||Wild Honey c/w Speak For Yourself, John||Fraternity||F-765|
|1957||House of Heartaches c/w Presents From The Past||Fraternity||F-782|
|1958||Doll Baby c/w Don't Come To My Party||Fraternity||F-793|
|1958||To Know Him Is To Love Him c/w Put Away The Invitation||Roulette||R-4107|
|1959||First Anniversary c/w With Love||Roulette||R-4125|
|1959||I'm Gonna Change Him c/w The Little Things You Do||Roulette||R-4152|
|1959||Shy c/w Personal Secret||Roulette||R-4187|
|1960||Little Sister c/w Dark River||Roulette||R-4219|
|1960||A Little Time c/w What Do I Do Now||Roulette||R-4248|
|1960||I Want To Be Your Pet c/w Golden Locket||Roulette||R-4296|
|1961||Johnny's Song c/w Someone Told You A Lie||Roulette||R-4323|
|1961||Yearning c/w Baseball He Loves||Roulette||R-4367|
|1961||I Can't Begin To Tell You c/w You're Breaking My Heart||Roulette||R-4383|
|1961||Footprints In The Snow c/w Nein Nein Fraulein||Smash||S-1726|
|1962||Ivory Tower c/w Should I Believe Him||Laurie||LR-3133||Ivory Tower is a new recording|
|1962||Sailor Boy c/w Next Time The Band Plays A Waltz||Laurie||LR-3147|
|1963||I Waded In The Water c/w In Place Of You||Laurie||LR-3161|
|1963||My Favourite Song c/w The Ghost Of A Broken Heart||Laurie||LR-3206|
|1967||When You Come Home Again c/w The Ghost Of A Broken Heart||Laurie||LR-3378|
- Syracuse Post-Standard, November 24, 1988, p. B2, Metro Edition
- Syracuse Herald-Journal, November 23, 1988, pg. B4, Suburban Edition
- "Former Bowery Boys On Stage At Seville". The Gazette. Canada, Montreal. March 6, 1954. p. 23. Retrieved August 7, 2018 – via Newspapers.com.
- "Cathy Carr Launches New Carnival Policy". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Pennsylvania, Pittsburgh. May 4, 1954. p. 8. Retrieved August 7, 2018 – via Newspapers.com.
- Schottelkotte, Al (March 21, 1956). "Talk of the Town". The Cincinnati Enquirer. Ohio, Cincinnati. p. 21. Retrieved August 7, 2018 – via Newspapers.com.
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