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C. Carson Parks
Birth name Clarence Carson Parks II
Born (1936-04-26)April 26, 1936
Philadelphia, U.S.
Died June 22, 2005(2005-06-22) (aged 69)
Occupation(s) Singer, songwriter
Instruments Vocals, guitar, etc.
Years active 1959 – c.1969
Associated acts The Steeltown Two / Three
The Easy Riders
The Greenwood County Singers
Carson and Gaile
Website http://www.ccarsonparks.com

Clarence Carson Parks II (26 April 1936 – 22 June 2005), often known as C. Carson Parks, was an American songwriter, music publisher, musician and singer, best known for writing the hit song "Somethin' Stupid". His younger brother is the composer Van Dyke Parks.

Early life and career[edit]

Parks was born in Philadelphia, the son of a psychiatrist. Carson's early musical training began as a student at the internationally acclaimed American Boychoir School (formerly known as The Columbus Boychoir School). After attending Phillips Academy in Andover, Massachusetts, the University of Miami and then Carnegie Mellon University, he began working in Los Angeles. In 1959, with college friend Bernie Armstrong, he formed the Steeltown Two and first recorded for the small Gini label. The duo also worked as one half of a reformed version of Terry Gilkyson's band, The Easy Riders, and in 1960 they performed on the soundtrack of the John Wayne film The Alamo.[1] The pair also worked as The Kinsmen with singer Bud Dashiell, before Parks left in 1962. He then formed a new version of the Steeltown Two, with his younger brother, Van Dyke Parks, occasionally adding singer Pat Peyton as the Steeltown Three and the Southcoasters.[2][3]

Following the success of The New Christy Minstrels, Gilkyson and the Parks brothers then formed a choral group, The Greenwood County Singers, featuring five boys and two girls. They released four albums on Kapp Records between 1963 and 1965, later becoming known as The Greenwood Singers and finally The Greenwoods.[3][4] The group had two minor hits, "Please Don't Sell My Daddy No More Wine" reaching #64 on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1966, and included singer Gaile Foote, whom Carson Parks married.

"Somethin' Stupid"[edit]

Before the Greenwoods disbanded, Parks and Foote also began performing as a duo, Carson and Gaile, and in 1966 recorded an album for Kapp Records, San Antonio Rose. This mostly included Parks' own songs, one of which was the track "Something Stupid". Through a contact in Frank Sinatra's organisation, Parks ensured that Sinatra heard the song. Sinatra played it to his daughter Nancy's producer, Lee Hazlewood, who recalled "He asked me, 'Do you like it?' and I said, 'I love it, and if you don't sing it with Nancy, I will.' He said, 'We're gonna do it, book a studio.'" The recording by Frank and Nancy Sinatra spent four weeks at #1 on the US Billboard Hot 100 chart and also reached #1 on the UK Singles Chart.[2][3][5]

Later career[edit]

Following the success of "Somethin' Stupid", Parks wrote songs for other artists including The Mills Brothers and Jack Jones. The Mills Brothers recording of Parks' "Cab Driver" reached #23 on the Billboard Hot 100 and #3 on the Billboard Easy listening chart in 1968.[6] He receded from performing and writing to focus on publishing, owning and operating the Waynesville, North Carolina-based music publishing firms Greenwood Music and Br'er Rab Music. He died in 2005 in St. Marys, Georgia.[2]

Discography[edit]

The Steeltown Two[edit]

45 1959 The Wolves / Tarrytown (Gini Records)
45 1959 The Potters Wheel / The Straw Carol (Neophon Records)

The Easy Riders[edit]

LP 1960 Rollin' (Kapp Records)
LP 1961 Remember The Alamo (Kapp Records)
LP 1963 The Cry of the Wild Goose (Kapp Records)
45 1961? Deep Blue Sea / Nite Life (Montclare Records)

Bud Dashiell and the Kinsmen[edit]

LP 1961 Bud Dashiell and the Kinsmen (Warner Bros. Records)

The Steeltown Three[edit]

45 1962? Rock Mountain / The Girl With the Sad Eyes (Montclare Records)

The Southcoasters[edit]

45 1962? San Francisco Bay / Long Gone From The Farm (Montclare Records)

The Greenwood County Singers[edit]

LP 1964 The First Recording by the Joyful... (Kapp Records)
45 1964 Frankie and Johnny (aka The New Frankie and Johnnie Song) / Climb Up Sunshine Mountain (Kapp # 591) (Billboard # 75 pop)
LP 1964 Have You Heard... (Kapp Records)
LP 1965 The Ballad of Cat Ballou (Kapp Records)
45 1965 Anne / Cake Walking Babies From Home (Kapp Records)

The Greenwoods[edit]

45 1966 Please Don't Sell My Daddy No More Wine / Southbound (Kapp # 742) (Billboard # 64 pop)

Carson and Gaile[edit]

LP 1966 San Antonio Rose (Kapp Records)
45 1966 The Wild Side of Life / How Much Is That Doggie... (Congress Records)
45 1967 Something Stupid / Chapter One (Kapp Records)

References[edit]

  1. ^ Obituary in The Independent by Spencer Leigh
  2. ^ a b c Carson Parks at Allmusic
  3. ^ a b c Biography on Carson Parks website
  4. ^ A Road Less Travelled - Van Dyke Parks
  5. ^ Rob Finnis and Tony Rounce, Booklet with CD "You Heard It Here First", Ace Records CDCHD1204, 2008
  6. ^ Cab Driver at Billboard

External links[edit]


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138 news items

The Daily Breeze

The Daily Breeze
Wed, 20 Apr 2016 11:56:17 -0700

Hicks, who made a run for City Council last year, managed Carson's parks and recreation facilities for 15 years before recently accepting a new job as Inglewood's assistant city manager. A former Compton police officer, he worked with the Sheriff's ...

Madison.com

Madison.com
Tue, 02 Feb 2016 13:22:53 -0800

Verona senior Carson Parks, a 5-foot-8, 180-pound running back, has committed to further his education and play football at Northern Michigan and plans to sign Wednesday morning at Verona High School, Verona athletic director Mark Kryka and Wildcats ...

WPSD Local 6

WPSD Local 6
Mon, 04 Apr 2016 16:37:30 -0700

Barn 1 at Carson Park was demolished Friday. Members say it was part of the park for decades. County and park leaders say the barn was demolished because of snow damage to the roof from two years ago. Park leaders say they don't have specific plans ...

Madison.com

Madison.com
Fri, 21 Aug 2015 21:20:27 -0700

Verona running back Carson Parks breaks off a long touchdown run, one of four on the night for the senior, as the Wildcats defeated Madison West 27-21 in a Big Eight Conference game Aug. 21, 2015. (Photo / Larry Iles). Verona-West: Terrell Carey, Brad ...

Nevada Appeal

Nevada Appeal
Tue, 22 Mar 2016 23:34:09 -0700

More than 50 percent of Carson's parks allow dogs, and it's easy to tell on the city's website which ones are Fido-friendly. Potty-friendly, not so much. According to my calculations from the city's online chart, only eight of Carson's 21 “neighborhood ...

Channel3000.com - WISC-TV3

Channel3000.com - WISC-TV3
Fri, 02 Oct 2015 23:22:30 -0700

The La Follette band played a tribute to the James Bond movies. Those adjustments worked for Verona. Verona was able to control the ball in the second half. Verona took the lead 14-13 when Carson Parks scored on a 3-yard run up the middle. The score ...

WEAU

WEAU
Tue, 08 Mar 2016 05:52:30 -0800

The new proposal would add all commercial roads to the list, as well as Riverview, Pinehurst and Carson parks. Vendors would need to park in designated areas and pay a $250 license fee. Food trucks are quite popular in Eau Claire. City leaders say the ...

CBS Local

CBS Local
Tue, 01 Dec 2015 06:15:00 -0800

“The FAA rule does not apply to the 20,000-seat StubHub Stadium, home of the Galaxy soccer team, nor to any other large public event in Carson's parks or at Cal State University Dominguez Hills,” Robles added. “We want to protect all our major events ...
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