Michael Carr (composer)

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Michael Carr (11 March 1905 – 16 September 1968), real name Maurice Alfred Cohen, was a British light music composer born in Leeds. He is best remembered for the song "South of the Border (Down Mexico Way)", written with Jimmy Kennedy for the 1939 film of the same name.

Among Carr's other compositions were The Shadows instrumental hits "Man of Mystery" (UK #5 hit in December 1960) and "Kon-Tiki" (UK #1 hit in October 1961). His "Man of Mystery" was the theme music for the early 1960s film series "Edgar Wallace Mysteries" based on the prodigious output of the writer Edgar Wallace known as the "man of mystery". In recent years this instrumental rock tune has featured in the repertoire of the British alternative rock band Muse.

With Ben Nisbet, Carr co-wrote the theme song to the popular 1960's children's TV series "The White Horses". The song was released as the single "White Horses" sung by "Jacky" (Jackie Lee) which became a UK #10 hit in April 1968. In 2003 it was named in The Penguin Television Companion as the greatest theme song in television history.

Amongst many other songs, Carr also wrote/co-wrote: "Cowboy", "Dinner for One, Please James", "Really and Truly", "Orchids to My Lady", "Somewhere in France", "When You Talk About Old Ireland", and "Cinderella, Stay In My Arms".

He collaborated with many other British songwriters such as Jack Popplewell (also from Leeds), Jack Strachey and Eric Maschwitz and with Norrie Paramor for another Shadows' tune The Miracle.

He died in London.