Valerie Carter Mourned by James Taylor, Othersby Best Classic Bands Staff
As we noted in our obituary, Valerie Carter who sang on recordings and in concert with dozens of classic rock greats, died on March 4, at just 64. Many of the performers with whom she collaborated with have expressed their admiration for her talent and sorrow for her passing.
The list of recording artists who Carter worked with includes Linda Ronstadt, Jackson Browne, Ringo Starr, Lowell George and Little Feat, Glenn Frey, Don Henley and Randy Newman.
James Taylor, who Carter was most often associated with, notes on Twitter: “You’d hear it said time and again: ‘how can such a big sound come from such a delicate, diminutive creature?’ Her voice came from her life and her life was a steep, rocky road. We were the lucky ones, who worked (played) with Valerie Carter over the long arc of her creative career.”
A message from James about Valerie Carter. pic.twitter.com/AtXk7Vob1z
— James Taylor (@JamesTaylor_com) March 5, 2017
Van Dyke Parks, known for his collaborations with the Beach Boys, shared a video of a rehearsal for a Lowell George tribute that Carter participated in…
— Van Dyke Parks (@thevandykeparks) March 5, 2017
Michael Shrieve, drummer for the classic Santana band shared a personal favorite…
RIP Singer Valerie Carter. I was a big fan and especially loved this song. Tried to get several people to record… https://t.co/pWQkp1k7h8
— Michael Shrieve (@michaelshrieve) March 5, 2017
Steve Lukather, known for his work with Toto and as a session musician…
RIP Valerie Carter..
She was an amazing talent and very sweet girl. One of a kind voice ..
— Steve Lukather (@stevelukather) March 4, 2017
R.I.P. Valerie Carter
— Carole King (@Carole_King) March 5, 2017
Best Classic Bands will continue to update these tributes for Carter.