Warren Carr

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Warren Carr (c. 1920 - 1993) was an Australian singer, composer, and musician, specializing in country and rock 'n' roll, although his music was better described as Honky Tonk piano party style. He is best known for his 20-year involvement as in-house pianist in the ABC children's TV show, Play School.


the Newcastle, New South Wales-born Carr started his career at a young age, and 1960 featured in John Konrads Kaydets. In the 1960s, he performed with a number of Australian rock artists, including Johnny O'Keefe, Warren Williams and Jimmy Little. He produced a number of his own albums for Leedon Records.[1] His single Li'l Ole Me reached number 9 in the Sydney charts, he also appeared on O' Keefe's Six O'Clock Rock music program.[2]

Warren was the pianist on ABCs Play School from the years of 1972 to 1993. His primary role was off camera playing the piano to accompany the other presenters' songs, but he was occasionally featured on camera, and also took part in presenting some non musical parts of the show.From 1963 to 1993, Warren served as musical director at Sydney's, St George Leagues club[3]

Personal life[edit]

Carr died in 1993 of heart disease, aged 73.[where?][4] His son is ARIA Award winning Michael Carr, a country musician, songwriter and entertainer, who won the 2012 & 2014 Aria Award for Best Comedy Album.[citation needed]


  1. ^ Warren Carr - (You are my) sunshine
  2. ^ Australian Pop Archives
  3. ^ On The Farm on YouTube
  4. ^ Old and new souls in country music, debbiekruger.com; accessed 21 September 2015.