Lynn Carey

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Lynn Carey
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Lynn Carey (1972)
Background information
Birth nameLynn Catherine Carey
Born (1946-10-29) October 29, 1946 (age 72)
OriginLos Angeles, California,
United States
Associated actsMama Lion
Neil Merryweather

Lynn Carey (born Lynn Catherine Carey on October 29, 1946) is an American singer, songwriter, model, and actress best known as the lead vocalist in the band Mama Lion. She is also the daughter of actor Macdonald Carey.


Born in Los Angeles, California, Carey first began her career as a teen model and actress appearing in the 1966 cult film Lord Love a Duck as well as several guest slots on the T.V. shows Lassie, The Man from U.N.C.L.E., Run for Your Life, The Donna Reed Show and The Wild Wild West.

In the late 1960s, she joined and recorded with the band C.K. Strong for their 1970 self-titled release. The band later opened for Procol Harum in concert.

She subsequently recorded with Neil Merryweather on the 1970 joint project album Ivar Avenue Reunion which also featured musicians Barry Goldberg and Charlie Musselwhite. Also in 1970, she provided the vocals for the singing of fictional character Kelly McNamara (Dolly Read) in Russ Meyer's Beyond the Valley of the Dolls.

In addition to singing, Carey also co-wrote two songs for the soundtrack with composer Stu Phillips. In 1971, the album Vacuum Cleaner resulted co-credited to Merryweather & Carey.

In December 1972, Carey was Penthouse magazine's Pet of the Month. That same year, she and Merryweather formed the group Mama Lion and released the albums Preserve Wildlife and its 1973 follow up Give It Everything I've Got. Lynn and the band are seen performing in another Russ Meyer film called The Seven Minutes. Extensive tours of Europe and North America followed, including appearances at The Montreux Jazz Festival and performances on German television.

In 1984, her debut solo release (which she produced along with co-producer Ollie Mitchell) Good Times showcased her jazz & big band leanings. A remastered CD reissue of the album was released in 2000. During the early 1980s, Carey also performed with the L.A. Jazz Choir and appeared on the group's second Grammy-nominated album, From All Sides, released in 1985.

During the 1990s and in the early 2000s, she performed in Russia on several different occasions. In 2001, the archival CD release Lynn Carey - Mama Lion...Roars Back! was issued featuring the early Mama Lion demos which secured the group their initial record deal as well as 80-90s unreleased solo material.

Her studio session credits range from backing vocals for Charlie Musselwhite (1975) to Eric Burdon (80s era), Michel Berger and providing music for various television and film scores in the 1980s.

Carey credits her father with introducing her to the world of jazz music and foreign film.


  • C.K.Strong (1969)
Ivar Avenue Reunion
  • Ivar Avenue Reunion (1970)
with Neil Merryweather
  • Vacuum Cleaner (1971)
Mama Lion
  • Preserve Wildlife (1972)
  • Give It Everything I've Got (1973)
Lynn Carey
  • Mama Lion ... Roars Back! (2001)


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