Biography of Paul Carrack (1951-VVVV)

Musician and British singer born on 22 April 1951 in Sheffield (Yorkshire, England). Member of several groups of success, such as Squeeze, The Undertones and Mike and the mechanics, and with an extensive production alone, his musical career spans three decades in the recent history of pop-rock music.

Like many musicians, he started playing in some school stage amateur groups. Curiously, when he started playing, Carrack was drums, but at age sixteen sold his instrument and bought a Vox Continental organ. In the year 1968 Paul played for Europe and, upon his return, he collaborated in the formation of Warm Dust, a group that was the germ of his next adventure, whose name was Ace, group formed in 1972. In this pub rock group, Carrack was the vocalist and composer, and the success was swift. The single debut, "How Long", reached number one in half the world. ACE lasted three albums and five years, perhaps since it was impossible to match the success of his debut.

After this dissolution, Carrack began working as a studio musician, and first thing he did was to record together with country artist Frankie Miller, the first of a long list of famous names. After Miller, Carrack collaborated on two of the best albums of Roxy Music, Flesh + blood and Manifesto. The latter coincided with the release of his debut, the 1980 album Nightbird. In that year also Carrack was integrated into the Group Squeeze, to replace Jools Holland; with them he recorded the album East Side Story, where he contributed with his voice, apart from working as a keyboardist. Meanwhile, in 1981 he collaborated with another legendary band, The Undertones, and a year later released his second solo album Suburban voodoo. The latter took place in the year 1982, year in which started another professional relationship that lasted over time, because it was the first time he collaborated with Nick Lowe and, as if it weren't enough, gave him time to work on the Avalon by Roxy Music.

Its activity was intense. Until their next album, which arrived in the year 1987, the list of works as a studio musician is impressive: Nick Lowe, The Pretenders, The Smiths, Mike & The Mechanics (as vocalist) and Roger Waters (Pink Floyd).

His work on Mike & The Mechanics gave him great fame in the United States. In 1987, for its part, released the album One good reason, perhaps the best achievement of his solo career. After his own Edition, came new collaborations with Mike & The Mechanics and Nick Lowe, until in the year 1989 he edited Groove aproved, their fourth album, which opened a sabbatical for his own recordings.

In 1990 he returned to work with Roger Waters, with Nick Lowe and Aztec Camera, and a year later returned with Mike & The Mechanics and collaborated with Paul Young. The following year returned to its close collaboration with Squeeze, editing an album with the group, and until the next album, released in the year 1996, Carrack went into the Studio with Elton John, Phil Manzanera and recorded another album with Mike & The Mechanics and Squeeze, both in 1995.

A year later, in 1996, he recorded and released Blue views, the album which gave him a deserved recognition as a soloist at the international level. This recognition was firmly confirmed with the release of their next album, Beautiful World, in 1997, followed by an extensive tour accompanied by a group of excellent musicians. In the meantime, and since 1995, Carrack returned to collaborate with one impressive list of names, such as John Hiatt, Elton John, Simply Red, B.B. Kingand Eric Clapton, among others.

Already in 2000 his fame increased further with the output of the album Satisfy my soul, which was accompanied by an extensive world tour. In 2001 released LP Groovin', and in 2004 It Ain t Over Denon.


1980: The Nightbird. 1982: Suburban Voodoo. 1987: One Good Reason. 1987: When You Walk in the Room. 1989: Groove Approved. 1996: Blue Views. 1997: Beautiful World. 2000: Satisfy My Soul. 2001: Groovin' 2003: It Ain't Over.