|Genres:||Doo Wop Pop / Rock R&B / Soul|
|Tags:||oldies rhythm and blues soul 60s rnb mel carter|
|Decades:||1960s 1980s 1990s|
|Links:||discogs lyrics wikidata wikipedia|
22 April 1943, Cincinnati, Ohio, USA. Although an African-American who began his career in an R&B milieu, Carter possessed a warm and smooth tenor that lent itself best to middle-of-the-road pop music. His mid-60s hits were essentially in that style, and although they possessed enough rock n roll edge to make the Top 40 radio play, there was not quite enough for them to be heard on R&B stations. He first sang on local radio at the age of four, and performed with Lionel Hampton at the age of nine. His first hit, for Sam Cookes Derby Records, was When A Boy Falls In Love (1963), which made both the R&B and pop charts. After joining Imperial in 1964, all his records were on the pop charts, recording hits such as Hold Me, Thrill Me, Kiss Me (number 8 pop) in 1965, (All Of A Sudden) My Heart Sings (number 38 pop) in 1965, and Band Of Gold (number 32 pop) in 1966. Hold Me, Thrill Me, Kiss...