PASSAGES: Pete Carr, 1950-2020

Pete Carr was not a household name for most people, but when it came to session musicians, Carr, who passed away yesterday at the age of 70, was a legend.

Carr is probably best known to lovers of late 1970’s music as one half of the duo LeBlanc and Carr; he had teamed up with singer/songwriter Lenny LeBlanc for an album on Big Tree Records, and had a #13 Hit on Billboard’s Hot 100 and #11 on the Adult Contemporary chart with the ballad “Falling” in late 1977. But his career spanned over five decades and much of it was doing session work as the lead guitarist of the famed Muscle Shoals Rhythm Section, headquartered in Muscle Shoals, AL. He played on countless albums from the 1970s to the 2010s, for a diverse roster that included Bob Seger, Rod Stewart, Barbra Streisand, and Yusef “Cat Stevens” Islam among the  dozens of musical artists he worked for over the years. He was the only member of the ensemble who had found success with being a session musician, a recording artist, a composer, an engineer, and a producer.

He is survived by his wife and only son. And by lots of great session tracks he played on. Here’s he and Lenny LeBlanc making an appearance on American Bandstand with their hit single; Pete is on the right in the purple shirt…