5/08/2009

Carroll Thompson




Carroll Thompson - Just A Little Bit - Red Bus RBUS 65 (1981)

Known as the Queen Of Lovers Rock, Thompson has been recording reggae & soul for some 24 years now. This self penned track 'Just A Little Bit' is lingering on the edge of the two genre's and also crossing into the Modern soul realm like Beres Hammond of a few blogs back. The track is arranged by Alan Weeks and as far as I know not spun yet on the the Modern soul circuit. Thanks to Mr. Merry for putting me on to this track. The label was set up by S & G Record Shop Ltd. 417 Roman Rd., Bow, London E3 5QS, England and had about 21 singles/3 albums.



Gota & The Heart Of Gold Feat: Carroll Thompson - Someday (1994)

Thompson also recorded with Gota & The Heart Of Gold & was quite popular in Japan for a while with three albums. The Gota track 'Someday' on UK RPL in 1994 got a few spins by myself and Brian Goucher.

Carroll Thompson (born 1960, Letchworth, Hertfordshire) is an English lovers rock singer, best known for her work in the 1980s. Thompson sang in school and church choirs as a girl, but initially chose a career in pharmacy. In the mid-1970s, she began working as a backing singer at several recording studios after auditioning for Frank Farian's Sugar Cane group.

Eventually, Thompson embarked on a solo career, with early successes in the shape of lovers rock singles "I'm So Sorry" (produced by the now London-based Leonard Chin) and "Simply In Love", which both topped the reggae chart in 1981, the same year seeing the release of her debut album.

She won two GLR Reggae Awards in 1982, for Best Female Performer and Best Song (for "Hopelessly In Love"). In 1983, she won further awards, again winning Best Female Performer at the GLR awards. She also recorded duets with Sugar Minott ("Make It With You") and Trevor Walters ("Love Won't Let Us Wait"), as well as continuing with regular solo reggae chart hits. After the mid-1980s, her releases dwindled.

Her fortunes revived in 1990 when she provided lead vocals on a version of Diana Ross's "I'm Still Waiting", recorded with Aswad and Courtney Pine, which was a minor UK Singles Chart hit. She also enjoyed minor chart hits that year with Movement 98's "Joy & Heartbreak" and "Sunrise". In 1993, she worked with Neil "Mad Profesor" Fraser on the The Other Side Of Love album. Carroll is married to the Radio 5 Live presenter Dotun Adebayo. Wikipedia

Carroll Thompson Discography:


I'm So Sorry/Sorry dub Santic san 0011 (1980)
Simply in love/Simply dub (12" yellow) Santic san0014 (1980)
Just A Little Bit/A Happy Song Red Bus rbusl65 (7") (1981)
Just A Little Bit/A Happy Song S&G 12" SG11 (1981)
Hopelessly without you/You are the one S&G SG 3 (1981)
Your Love/My Love (12") S&G SG 20 (1982)
Smiling in the morning /dub Excalibur (12") excl518 (1982)
Love won't let me wait/Inst (with Trevor Walters) Sanity styt014 (19??)
Let The Music Play/Live for your love (with Cicero)
You make it heaven/ Carib Gems car3
Honis I Do/Give me a chance Carousel 12car7a (1983)
Make it to heaven/Vers Carousel car7 (1983)
Is That The Way You Like It/ Sure Delight sdt13
Apple Of My Eye/Songwriters cramp (with Total Contrast) Virgin VS698 (1984)
Strangest Love Affair/Tonight Virgin 608433 (1986)
Love Without Passion/Ready Or Not (+Tonight 12") Virgin vs933 (1987)
Joy & Heartbreak (all formats) Circa (1990)
Let The Music Play/live for today Speciality 04726 (1992)
The other side of love/Aztek warrier Arwia ari 138 (1992)
Too late (remix) E1 Recordings EQ1 (1998)
Free (cdsingle)
Flying (1999)
Deep Factor feat: Thompson Friend Of Mine/3 vers Fellin'Music FM 003(2006)

albums

Carroll Thompson s&g sg21 (1982)
Hopelessly in love Carib gems/Carousel cglp15 (1982)
Other side of love Ariwa arilp 077 cd (1992)
The Ultimate Collection E1 Recordings RE001LP (1998)

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