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Carter-Lewis and the Southerners were an early-1960s rock band, formed by the Birmingham-born musicians Ken Lewis (guitarist, singer, songwriter) and John Carter (producer, singer, songwriter).[1]

History[edit]

Carter and Lewis were initially songwriters. The early 1960s saw the rise of the Liverpool Sound, and Carter and Lewis recorded copies of the latest group hits and performed them for the BBC Light Programme's shows Easy Beat and Saturday Club; working with jazz musicians such as Marion Montgomery, Marion Ryan and session musicians such as Kenny Clare (drums) and Roy Deltrice (bass), under the direction of their music publisher Freddy Webb of Southern Music. They wrote Mike Sarne's 1962 chart-topping single "Will I What?".[1] Eventually their manager Terry Kennedy convinced them that they needed to form a band to showcase their songs. Jimmy Page, Viv Prince (later of the Pretty Things fame) and Perry Ford from Lincoln were members of the band, although Page was only there briefly.[1] Ironically, few of their singles featured Carter-Lewis compositions.

Carter and Lewis also composed songs for a number of other artists, including Brenda Lee and P.J. Proby. John Carter sang the lead on The New Vaudeville Band's 1966 number 1 hit, "Winchester Cathedral",[2] and the pair wrote Herman's Hermits 1965 hit "Can't You Hear My Heartbeat",[3] which reached number 2 on the US Billboard Hot 100.

Carter, Lewis and Ford continued as The Ivy League, who had a number of chart hits, and also providing backing vocals on such hit singles as The Who's "I Can't Explain").[citation needed] In 1966 they left the Ivy League to form the production company 'Sunny Music', creating The Flower Pot Men whose hit "Let's Go To San Francisco" reached number 4 in the UK Singles Chart in 1967. By this time Carter and Lewis worked purely as songwriters, arrangers, producers and studio-based musicians – if their recorded work subsequently found an audience (as with The Flower Pot Men), they would then organize a group around that name to actively promote the recordings via concerts, etc. In this fashion they were responsible for White Plains, First Class (whose hit song "Beach Baby", reached No. 4 on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1974), and others in the late 1960s and early 1970s.[1]

Discography[edit]

Singles[edit]

  • 1961 – "So Much in Love / Back on the Scene", Piccadilly 7N 35004
  • 1962 – "Here's Hoping / Poor Joe", Piccadilly 7N 35084
  • 1962 – "Two Timing Baby / Will It Happen To Me", Ember EMBS145
  • 1962 – "Tell Me / Broken Heart", Ember EMBS145
  • 1963 – "Sweet and Tender Romance" / "Who Told You?" (featuring Jimmy Page), Oriole CB1835
  • 1963 – "Somebody Told My Girl / Your Momma's Out of Town" (featuring Jimmy Page), Oriole CB1868
  • 1964 – "Skinny Minnie" / "Easy to Cry" (featuring Jimmy Page), Oriole CB1919

Compilation albums[edit]

  • The Carter-Lewis Story (Sequel 1993)

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d Larkin C 'Virgin Encyclopedia of Sixties Music' (Muze UK Ltd, 1997) ISBN 0-7535-0149-X p96
  2. ^ "Biography by Steve Huey". Allmusic.com. Retrieved 11 March 2009. 
  3. ^ Ruhlmann, William. "Can't You Hear My Heartbeat – Herman's Hermits : Listen, Appearances, Song Review". AllMusic. Retrieved 2013-03-20. 

External links[edit]


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Carter, Lewis & The Southerners - Back On The Scene - 1961 45rpm

The debut 45 from Birmingham's John Carter and Ken Lewis. Rumour has it this was Jimmy Page's first recorded session appearance.

Carter, Lewis & The Southerners - So Much In Love - 1961 45rpm

A mellow Everlyesque song for the b-side of their first 45 'Back On The Scene'

Carter Lewis - Your Momma's out of Town - 1963

'Your Momma's out of Town' 1963 - Carter Lewis & The Southerners + Jimmy Page.

Carter-Lewis & The Southerners - Skinny Minnie - 1964 45rpm

PLAY LOUD!!!. Session-man Jimmy Page on guitar beefs up their pounding sound even more. Originally recorded by Bill Haley & The Comets back in '58.

Carter-Lewis and the Southerners

'Somebody Told My Girl' The inimitable Viv Prince on the skins here...he really drives it home.

Carter-Lewis & The Southerners - Somebody Told My Girl - 1963 45rpm

Carter Lewis & The Southerners Easy To Cry.

From 1964.

Carter-Lewis & The Southerners - Your Momma's Out Of Town - 1963 45rpm

Their sixth 45. I believe Jimmy Page plays on here.

Will It Happen To Me - Carter Lewis & The Southerners

This was the B side of a single called "Two Timing Baby" released by Ember records in 1962 and produced by the late great Joe Meek. JImmy Page later of Led Z...

Carter Lewis & The Southerners - Somebody Told My Girl (1963)

1963 song.

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