One-Hit Wonders In Memoriam – Pete Carr

Pete Carr is known for the song “Falling” by the one-hit wonder duo LeBlanc & Carr, his Muscle Shoals session guitar work, being a member of Hour Glass with Duane and Gregg Allman, and working with Paul Simon and many others
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1977 promotional photo

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The soft rock hit “Falling,” co-written by Lenny LeBlanc, gave LeBlanc & Carr their sole Top 40 hit in winter through spring of 1978, reaching No. 13, on the Big Tree label, with a similar soft rock duo sound as their label-mates England Dan & John Ford Coley.

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“Falling” was the second of three Top 100 charting singles from LeBlanc & Carr’s only album Midnight Light, with the flip sides of all three singles written by Daytona Beach, Florida native Pete Carr.

Pete Carr LP

Daytona Beach bassist Brian McMahon shared with Goldmine, “I was shocked and saddened by Pete’s passing. He’s from this area. I remember his house in Port Orange. Pete met Gregg and Duane Allman here when they were in the local band The Allman Joys and then Pete joined them in the band Hour Glass. After that he moved to Alabama and became part of the Muscle Shoals group of session musicians. Of everyone he played with, and there were a lot, he said that his biggest honor was playing with Paul Simon, who Pete considered to be on par with John Lennon and Paul McCartney as songwriters. He proudly played on Paul Simon albums and on Simon & Garfunkel’s 1980s live reunion recording The Concert in Central Park.” Pete’s guitar work was heard on Top 10 singles in the 1970s including Paul Simon’s “Kodachrome,” which reached No. 2 and on Simon & Garfunkel’s reunion hit “My Little Town,” which reached No. 9.

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Pete delivered notable guitar performances on Bob Seger’s “Mainstreet” and on Rod Stewart’s “Sailing” singles. The powerful flip sides “Watching the River Flow” by Joe Cocker and “Make it Like a Memory” by Barbra Streisand also featured his sought after musicianship. Pete played guitar on recordings by Boz Scaggs, Joan Baez, The Staple Singers, Wilson Pickett and many more. He passed away in Alabama on June 27 at the age of 70.

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