Pete Carr, who as lead guitarist for the famed Muscle Shoals Rhythm Part carried out on such traditional rock recordings as Paul Simon’s “Kodachrome,” Bob Seger’s “Towards the Wind,” Rod Stewart’s “Tonight’s the Evening,” and plenty of others, died Saturday (June 27), in Florence, Ala. His demise at 70 was introduced by the Muscle Shoals Sound Studio on its Fb web page.
Within the mid-’60s, Carr, born Jesse Carr on April 22, 1950, in Daytona Seashore, Fla. befriended fellow musicians Duane Allman and Gregg Allman. Collectively, with Paul Hornsby and Johnny Sandlin, they shaped Hour Glass, with Carr enjoying bass. Although the band was short-lived and unsuccessful, its alumni all went to vital success.
Carr selected a path as a session musician and in 1971 grew to become lead guitarist for the Muscle Shoals Rhythm Part in Alabama. Over the following 10 years and extra, the much-sought-after musicians carried out on numerous recordings of the pop and rock period.
Together with Simon and others, the Muscle Shoals Rhythm Part recorded and produced the 1973 Grammy-nominated album, There Goes Rhymin’ Simon. Additionally they shared the honors for Seger’s 1978 Stranger in City and 1980 Towards the Wind albums. Carr’s Wiki web page notes his standout guitar traces on Seger’s “Important Avenue.”
Within the mid-70s, on the prompting of legendary producer Jerry Wexler, Carr teamed with fellow musician and singer Lenny LeBlanc, and the pair earned a #13 with the tune, “Falling,” from their album, Midnight Mild. Carr additionally launched two of his personal albums within the late ’70s.
In his personal tribute to Carr, LeBlanc wrote, “Pete invited me to maneuver to Muscle Shoals in 1973. I had no cash, a small household and no promise of labor. Pete actually housed us and fed us for six months till I started to search out work within the studios.”
In 1981, Carr reunited with Simon to carry out within the band for the Simon and Garfunkel reunion tour.
Carr is survived by his spouse, Charlotte. As Muscle Shoals wrote on its tribute to him, “He was part of our household and he might be enormously missed.”
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