Wednesday, October 30, 2013

AccuRadio Song Of The Day-Jean Carn

Artist:Jean Carn
Song:Don't Let It Go To Your Head
Album:Jean Carn/Happy To Be With You

Jean Carn started out singing with her jazz musician husband Doug Carn. But she turned to R & B in the late 70s with legendary producers Kenny Gamble and Leon Huff and had success with songs like Don't Let it Go To Your Head. And she had success in the 80s. She was born Sarah Jean Perkins Mar. 15, 1947 in Atlanta and grew up singing and playing piano in church. She planned to study at Juilliard School of Music in New York. But she met and married jazz pianist Doug Carn. They moved to Los Angeles and she recorded three albums with him. Jean's big break came when she appeared with Michael Henderson on the 1975 Norman Connors hit Valentine Love. This led to a contract with Philadelphia International Records and producers Kenny Gamble and Leon Huff. She recorded four albums for PIR and her R & B hits included Free Love, Don't Let It Go Yo Your Head, My Love Don't Come Easy, I'm Back For More and Love Don't Love Nobody. Don't Let It Go To Your Head is from Jean's 1978 album Happy To Be With You. That and her first album Jean Carn are available on CD as a twofer from the British reissue label Diablo. She moved to Motown in 1982. She had a couple of hits. but then her second album was shelved and she moved to Omni Records. Her 1986 number one R & B hit Closer Than Close was produced by Grover Washington Jr. On the recommendation of a numerologist, her name is now Jean Carne. Jean last recorded in 1995 but she still tours. And she appeared on the 2008 PBS special Love Train, The Sound of Philadelphia. Here's Jean Carn performing Don't let It Go To Your Head on Soul Train 1978.

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