“Since I was a kid, my life was show business.”—Carlos Carr
In life, we meet many people, but form a bond with few. When people share, not only interests in music and movies, but also similar personality traits, the bond becomes instant. Years may pass without such a connection, but when it happens, it is refreshing.
Last month, I had such an experience when I was introduced to a crooner named Carlos Carr. NewzBreaker Writer Larry Mazza of “The Mazza Report” made the introduction. Larry sent me a copy of his book, “The Life”, and enclosed with it was a DVD containing a short movie about his life. Featured in the mini movie was a song called “The Life”. It was sung by Carr and I absolutely flipped over it. How much do I love it? I literally have not stopped playing it! It has a permanent place in my rotation of music.
Carr has been in the business for many years and is currently singing as good, if not, better than he ever has. He has reinvented himself singing songs from the Great American Song Book with many made famous by Frank Sinatra. If I know Frank, and I do, since I’ve followed his career from childhood, he is smiling down from heaven snapping his fingers. Dino & Sammy are sitting right alongside of him, enjoying the heck out of Carlos as is his many fans are here on Earth.
Ladies and Gentlemen, NewzBreaker welcomes Crooner Carlos Carr…
BB: Let’s start at the beginning. At the age of 5, you started singing in your native country of Argentina. What, at an early age, had you wanting to sing?
I started singing with my brother when I was 2 ½. My mother noticed that we sort of hummed the words like in singing so she started, for fun, to teach us songs. By age 3, we knew “La Marseillaise” by heart, and at family parties my brother and I were the entertainment. At age 5, my mom took us to a radio program in Chile called the Fair of Wishes where we sang a song for my dad’s birthday.
The radio announcer loved us and introduced us to someone he knew in RCA Victor where we started recording children’s songs. We joined a famous radio program called The Uncle Alejandro’s club, where there was a whole bunch of other kids who had various different talents, same danced, or sang or acted etc. There we learn acting and professional attitude
BB: From research, you found major musical success with your identical twin brother in The Carr Twins. Who was the one who got the other to form an act?
I was always the initiator. Since I was a kid, my life was show business. At the age of 10, I formed The Carr Twins, with the idea of someday coming to the US.
BB: From all accounts, you found major success in your country where you performed in front of packed stadiums. Describe what that was like?
Well, with the other kids from The Alejandro’s Club, we started touring in the summer months. We would perform at Municipal Theaters that sat 1500 people. We packed these places and all the money collected after expenses would go to children’s charities, hospitals, schools etc. It felt wonderful to sing for big crowds. Once we got older, since we already had a fan base, my brother and I started packing stadiums and other arenas. It was always exciting.
BB: Nowadays, you write both music and lyrics. Did you play the same role with The Carr Twins?
Yes, in the beginning we started covering American artists like The Everly Brothers, The Kalin Twins, etc., but then I decided to start writing our own material both for recording and our shows.
BB: Looking back on your years in The Carr Twins, was there one performance that stands out above the rest? If so, what are your recollections?
We were in Argentina where we had our TV show. On one show, we brought Trini Lopez to our show and then we had a concert with him and other artists that packed a stadium with more than 75,000 people.
BB: From our conversations, you settled in New York. What was NYC like at that time for a singer or a musical act?
It was late 60’s early 70’s. NY was amazing with bands all over the place in parks, the streets etc., and all the major record companies. It was heaven.
BB: For years, you played Las Vegas and opened up for some very big names, oftentimes serving as the featured act. Describe Vegas during that era.
Well, Vegas was different back then. At that time, we opened for many popular comedians. The money was good, but it wasn’t artistically fulfilling. I enjoyed it more playing the big lounges in some of the most popular casinos, like The MGM, The Landmark, The Sands, The Flamingo, The Aladdin, The Sahara, The Union Plaza The California Hotel and The Mint to name just some of them.
BB: To close out The Carr Twins years… What was the biggest hit the NewzBreaker audience may be aware of that you performed?
Our biggest hit was a song I wrote called “Vida Mia” which was #1 for us and other artists. More than 20 different artists have covered my song.
BB: Today, you have found success as a solo act singing songs from the Great American Song Book. If you had to pick three of those, which are your favorites to belt out?
“Someone to Watch Over Me”, “All The Way” and “It Never Entered My Mind”.
BB: As you are a well aware, I absolutely flipped over a song you wrote and sing called “The Life”. It was to accompany Larry Mazza’s book “The Life”. I’ve told you those lyrics are beyond catchy. How long did it take you to write it and thus far, how does it go over when you perform it live?
I love writing that song. It was written in about an hour, but I changed some of the words many times back and forth, trying to deliver the authentic story and emotion of the Larry Mazza’s book. By the way, everybody likes when I perform it live, which is very humbling for me.
BB: Where can the NewzBreaker readers catch, you performing these days?
I live now in Melbourne FL and currently appear at La Vela Restaurant and I also do other events in the area.
Let’s do a 180 now with several fast questions to get the first thought off the top of your head…
BB: Who is your favorite male singer?
BB: Who is your favorite female singer?
Nancy Wilson, with whom I have worked with.
BB: What is your favorite song of all time?
“All The Way”.
BB: What is your favorite movie (Drama)?
BB: What is your favorite comedy?
The Disorderly Orderly with Jerry Lewis
BB: Who is your favorite actor?
BB: Who is your favorite actress?
BB: What is your favorite food?
BB: What is your favorite dessert?
BB: What is your favorite sound to hear?
Frank Sinatra’s voice.
BB: What is your least favorite sound to hear?
BB: We both love boxing. Who is your favorite fighter of all time?
Julio Cesar Chavez, SR.
BB: With you performing in Vegas for many years, what was the best fight you ever saw there live?
April 6, 1987 – Sugar Ray Leonard Vs Marvelous Marvin Hagler.
BB: Many felt the decision was controversial. I scored it for Leonard 115-113 or 7-5 in rounds. Who do you feel should have gotten the decision?
I also felt Ray Leonard won the fight.
BB: If you could meet one person from any time in history, who would you want to meet and what would your first question be for them?
I would have loved to meet the legendary songwriter Cole Porter. My first question would be: What did you come up first with? The title of the song, the music or the lyrics?
BB: Finally, what is the saying you live your life by?
“Do unto others as they would do unto you”!
Check out Carlos Carr FB Page called Crooner Carlos Carr HERE.