Valerie Carr

A New York-born African-American singer, Valerie Carr had cut music for Syd Nathan's King Records in the middle-1950's before signing with Morris Levy's Roulette label in 1958, at age 22. There, she recorded "When The Boys Talk About The Girls," which charted extremely well in England. She was obviously (and justifiably) a favorite of somebody's at Roulette during her years there (1958-62), recording many LPs' worth of songs, including Song Stylist Extraordinaire(1959), on which she turned her talents to songs like "My Funny Valentine,""Try A Little Tenderness,""When I Fall In Love," and "Over The Rainbow," Ev'ry Hour Ev'ry Day of My Life(1959), often considered her best album. Her most fondly remembered single, however, is probably "I Talk Too Much," her answer-record to Joe Jones' 1960 hit "You Talk Too Much"(also cut for Roulette). ~ Bruce Eder

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