Or maybe we should. From reviews and critics, it seems we should all know Paul Carrack’s name in the same sense we know other musicians of the time. William Pinfold of Record Collector remarked: “If vocal talent equalled financial success, Paul Carrack would be a bigger name than legends such as Phil Collins or Elton John“. I’m guilty of not being familiar with Paul’s work and perhaps would be ashamed if I hadn’t come to the conclusion long ago there would be gems I don’t know about.
Paul Melvyn Carrack (born 22 April 1951) is an English singer, songwriter and musician who has recorded as both a solo artist and as a member of several popular bands.
Carrack arose to prominence in the mid-1970s as the front man and principal songwriter of Ace, and gained further recognition for his work as a solo artist and for his tenures as a member of Roxy Music, and The Bleeding Heart Band.
From the mid-1980s to the late 1990s, he enjoyed considerable success as the co-frontman (with Paul Young) and a songwriter for Mike + The Mechanics; following Young’s death in 2000, Carrack served as the band’s sole lead vocalist until his departure in 2004. He maintains an active solo career to the present day.
Carrack’s songs have been recorded by artists such as the Eagles, Diana Ross and Tom Jones and he has served as a session and/or touring musician for the likes of Elton John, Eric Clapton, Ringo Starr, B.B. King, The Pretenders and The Smiths.
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