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Encyclopedia > Carl Carlton

Carl Carlton (b. 1953) is an American R&B, soul, and funk singer and songwriter best known for his hits "Everlasting Love" and "She's a Bad Mama Jama (She's Built, She's Stacked)". Carlton Carl Carlson, MPhys is a fictional character in the animated television series The Simpsons. ... Rhythm and blues (or R & B) is a musical marketing term introduced in the United States in the late 1940s by Billboard magazine. ... For other uses, see Soul music (disambiguation). ... For other uses, including related musical genres, see Funk (disambiguation). ... For other uses, see Singer (disambiguation). ... A songwriter is someone who writes the lyrics to songs, the musical composition or melody to songs, or both. ... Everlasting Love is a song first made famous by Love Affair, an English pop group. ...

Carlton, born in Detroit, Michigan, first began recording in the late 1960's as "Little Carl" Carlton, a likely marketing ploy to capitalize on some vocal similarities to established hitmaker Stevie Wonder, who also hails from Detroit and had recorded under the name "Little Stevie" Wonder in the early 60's. After scoring some minor local hits, Carlton was signed by Don D. Robey and moved to Houston, Texas, the home of his new record label, Back Beat Records. Carlton saw some success with the new label including his first major hit, a disco-tinged remake of Robert Knight's "Everlasting Love" that went to #6 on the U.S. pop music charts. “Detroit” redirects here. ... Stevie Wonder (born Stevland Hardaway Judkins on May 13, 1950, name later changed to Stevland Hardaway Morris),[1] is an American singer, songwriter, musician, and record producer. ... Don D. Robey was a record label executive from Houston, Texas, the founder of Peacock Records and the owner of Duke Records. ... “Houston” redirects here. ... In the music industry, a record label is a brand and a trademark associated with the marketing of music recordings and music videos. ... Back Beat Records was the soul sub-label of Duke Records started in 1957. ... This article is about the music genre. ... Born 24 April 1945, Franklin, Tennessee, USA. Knight made his professional vocal debut with the Paramounts, a harmony quintet consisting of schoolfriends. ... For other uses, see Pop music (disambiguation). ...

Robey sold his labels to ABC Records in 1972, and in 1976 Carlton became embroiled in a royalty dispute with the new ownership that caused him to stop recording for some time. He then signed with Mercury Records in 1977, but only released one single on that label. Carlton was unable to land a new record deal for several years until Leon Haywood helped him get a singles deal with 20th Century Records. A Haywood-penned single, "She's a Bad Mama Jama", became a major hit, peaking at #2 on the soul chart and earning Carlton a Grammy Award nomination for Best R&B Vocal Performance, Male.[1] Carlton's subsequent album, Carl Carlton, went gold in 1981. "She's a Bad Mama Jama" has since become a staple of compilation albums and soundtracks and is often sampled in rap music. ABC Records started in 1955 as ABC-Paramount Records, the recording arm of American Broadcasting-Paramount Theatres. ... This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... Mercury Records was a record label founded in Chicago, Illinois in 1945 by Irving Green, Berle Adams and Arthur Talmadge. ... Leon Haywood (born 11 February 1942, Houston, Texas) is an American funk and soul singer, best known for his song I Want a Do Something Freaky To You. The song was sampled on two of Dr. Dres singles, Nuthin But a G Thang and The Wash. The song was... 20th Century Records was (not surprisingly) a subsidiary of film studio 20th Century Fox. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... The Grammy Award for Best Male R&B Vocal Performance has been awarded since 1968. ... An album or record album is a collection of related audio or music tracks distributed to the public. ... The description Gold Album is applied to recorded music albums that have sold a minimum number of copies (in the US, currently 500,000 sales). ... A compilation album is an album (music or spoken-word) featuring tracks from one or multiple recording artists, often culled from a variety of sources (such as studio albums, live albums, singles, demos and outtakes. ... In film formats, the soundtrack is the physical area of the film which records the synchronized sound. ... This article is about reusing existing sound recordings in creating new works. ... Hip hop music is a style of popular music. ...

Carlton released several more albums in the 80's but had only a few minor R&B hits, and eventually fell out of favor with record companies and out of the public eye. After 1985's Private Property, he did not release another album until 1994's Main Event, which failed to chart.

In late 2002, Carlton appeared with many R&B superstars on the "Rhythm, Love, and Soul" edition of the PBS series American Soundtrack. His performance of "Everlasting Love" was included on the accompanying live album that was released in 2004.[2][3] “PBS” redirects here. ... // Many successful recording artists release at least one live album at some point during their career. ...


  1. ^ L.A. Times "The Envelope" awards database, (Accessed August 15, 2006)
  2. ^ American Soundtrack IMDB entry, (Accessed August 15, 2006)
  3. ^ Shout! Factory CD information, (Accessed August 15, 2006)

Carl Carlton is also best known as Carlton Knight. He loves horror movies and the Lifetime channel. His dream would be to live in Dublin, Georgia and not have children until he's 90, but, currently, he's just trying to pass his GRE. Carlton also enjoys dreaming about the Red Sox, and his favorite color is green. He has a wonderful friend named Crystal Hardy!

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