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Jean Carne

Soul singer Jean Carn (later Jean Carne) was raised in Atlanta, where her parents encouraged her at the age of four to sing in the church choir and to take piano lessons. (Indeed, for decades she remained an accomplished performer on piano, clarinet, and bassoon.) She first revealed her formidable musical talents as a teenager on a morning radio talk show, Today in Georgia, when she sang "Misty" to the accompaniment of Erroll Garner's piano. After winning a music scholarship to Morris Brown College, she learned to play almost every instrument in the orchestra. Her recording career began in 1971 with her then husband, Doug Carn, and together they made three albums for Black Jazz Records that brought widespread recognition, built upon by touring engagements across the country. At this stage Carn was often praised for being one of the first African-American women to define her own voice and image, rather than being molded by the industry. Afterwards, she performed with Duke Ellington, the last vocalist to do so before his death. She then teamed up with Norman Connors for four acclaimed albums, contributed "Reach for It" to George Duke's gold album, and sang on the first two albums by Earth, Wind & Fire.

The three albums Carn recorded for Gamble & Huff's Philadelphia International Records label between 1977 and 1979 are probably her best, and introduced the singer to pop and R&B audiences for the first time. Her hits during this period included "Free Love," "Don't Let It Go to Your Head," and "My Love Don't Come Easy." She moved to Motown Records for 1983's Trust Me, which provided her first major singles success with "If You Don't Know Me by Now" and a duet with Bobby Militello on "Let's Stay Together." Carn later found time to contribute to records by Kenny Gamble ("Love Is Beautiful When It's Right") and Stanley Turrentine ("Night Breeze"). Adding an "e" to her last name, she signed a new recording contract with the Atlantic Records imprint Omni and enjoyed immediate success with 1986's chart-topping R&B hit "Closer Than Close." Further hits followed in the late '80s, including "Flame of Love," "Everything Must Change," and "Ain't No Way." Carne carried on recording into the '90s, completing a touching tribute album to the late songwriter Van McCoy. In the years that followed, she continued to tour for six months annually, spending the rest of her time at home in Atlanta with her three children. ~ Rovi Staff
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Selected Discography

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Track List: Philadelphia International Records: 12" Singles

Disc 1

1. Ain't No Stoppin' Us Now

2. Phiss-Phizz

3. I'm Just Thinking About Cooling Out

5. You Gonna Make Me Love Somebody Else

8. Don't Let It Go To Your Head

10. It's Critical

11. Freaky Deaky Sities

Disc 2

1. Strut Your Funky Stuff

2. Was That All It Was

3. Party Time Man

4. Nights Over Egypt

5. I Wanna Do The Do

6. Goldmine

7. Let Me Be Good To You

10. Lollipop

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Track List: Soul Sessions

Disc 1

1. If Only For One Night / Creepin

2. Nite And Day

3. Show Me The Way

4. For The Love Of You

7. Imitation Of Love

8. Give A Little More Lovin'

9. My Love Is Real

10. I Get Off On You

14. Pillow Talk

15. Love Won't Let Me Wait

Disc 2

2. Hold Me Tighter In The Rain

3. Just The Two Of Us

4. You'll Never Know

6. All The Way Lover

7. Zoom

8. Children Of The Ghetto

9. I Think Of You

10. I Get The Sweetest Feeling

11. Suspicious Minds

12. Make Me Strong

15. Have You Seen Her

16. By The Time I Get To Phoenix

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OMG....the best...
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WOW-NICE// Play ON
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Bring back a lot of childhood memories chicago ave lavergn
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GROWN FOLK SHYT !!!!!!!!!!!! ! ! ! !
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This music never dies
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Yes dance al night
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Great song steppin old school chi town
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((( A Bottle of wine )))
Relax
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This kind of music made you feel 'grown'. It was real talent and you could feel what the artists were singing about. There was no automatic 'auto tune'. These artist could blow!!
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Brings back such amazing memories~ It's great to have music that allows you to escape to a place so familiar, so enjoyable. I love it!
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...more smooth sounds from Philly !
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another one of those amazing vocals. I wish modern day singers would take note from her vocal style...
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CLASSIC SOPHISTICATI O N !
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This song brings back memories of my young yrs. growing up. Good music. Where is it now a days? Love hearing this oldie, but goodie.

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