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Leroy Carr

Leroy Carr (March 27, 1905 – April 29, 1935) was an American blues singer, songwriter and pianist who developed a laid-back, crooning technique and whose popularity and style influenced such artists as Nat King Cole and Ray Charles. He first became famous for "How Long, How Long Blues", his debut recording released by Vocalion Records in 1928.

Birth and Death Data: Born March 27th, 1905 (Nashville), Died April 28th, 1935 (Indianapolis)

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1928 - 1950

Roles Represented in DAHR: vocalist, piano, composer, lyricist, songwriter

Recordings

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Victor BS-85495 10-in. 2/25/1935 Rocks in my bed Leroy Carr Male vocal solo, with guitar and piano vocalist, instrumentalist, piano, lyricist, composer  
Victor BS-85496 10-in. 2/25/1935 When the sun goes down Leroy Carr Male vocal solo, with guitar and piano vocalist, instrumentalist, piano, lyricist, composer  
Victor BS-85497 10-in. 2/25/1935 Bad luck all the time Leroy Carr Male vocal solo, with guitar and piano vocalist, instrumentalist, piano, lyricist, composer  
Victor BS-85498 10-in. 2/25/1935 Big Four blues Leroy Carr Male vocal solo, with guitar and piano vocalist, instrumentalist, piano, lyricist, composer  
Victor BS-85513 10-in. 2/25/1935 Just a rag Leroy Carr Male vocal solo, with piano vocalist, instrumentalist, piano, composer, lyricist  
Victor BS-85514 10-in. 2/25/1935 Ain't it a shame Leroy Carr Male vocal solo, with piano vocalist, composer, instrumentalist, piano, lyricist  
Victor BS-85515 10-in. 2/25/1935 Going back home Leroy Carr Male vocal solo, with piano vocalist, instrumentalist, piano, lyricist, composer  
Victor BS-85516 10-in. 2/25/1935 Six cold feet in the ground Leroy Carr Male vocal solo, with piano vocalist, instrumentalist, piano, lyricist, composer  
Victor BS-96226 10-in. 10/31/1935 When the sun goes down—Part 2 Memphis Minnie Female vocal solo, with instrumental quartet composer, lyricist  
Victor BS-041973 10-in. 9/6/1939 How long blues Wingy Manone Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal ensemble composer  
Victor E0VB-4574 10-in. 11/8/1950 Anytime is the right time Arthur Crudup Male vocal solo, with instrumental trio composer  
Columbia W147107 10-in. 10/5/1928 How long—how long blues Sonny Porter Male vocal solo ("blues singer"), with guitar and piano songwriter  
OKeh W401092 10-in. 8/31/1928 How long-how long blues Gladys Bentley Female vocal solo, with guitar and piano lyricist, composer  
Brunswick IND622 10-in. 6/19/1928 My own lonesome blues Leroy Carr Male vocal solo, with piano and guitar vocalist, songwriter, instrumentalist, piano  
Brunswick IND623 10-in. 6/19/1928 How long (How long blues) Leroy Carr Male vocal solo, with piano and guitar vocalist, songwriter, instrumentalist, piano  
Brunswick C2097 10-in. 7/20/1928 Tennessee blues Leroy Carr Male vocal solo, with guitar and piano vocalist, composer, lyricist  
Brunswick C2098 10-in. 7/20/1928 Truthful blues Leroy Carr Male vocal solo, with guitar and piano vocalist, composer, lyricist  
Brunswick C2102 10-in. 7/20/1928 Broken spoke blues Leroy Carr Male vocal solo, with guitar and piano vocalist, composer, lyricist  
Brunswick C2219 10-in. 8/14/1928 Broken spoke blues Leroy Carr Male vocal solo, with guitar and piano vocalist, lyricist, composer  
Brunswick C2220 10-in. 8/14/1928 Tennessee blues Leroy Carr Male vocal solo, with guitar and piano vocalist, lyricist, composer  
Brunswick C2221 10-in. 8/14/1928 Truthful blues Leroy Carr Male vocal solo, with guitar and piano vocalist, lyricist, composer  
Brunswick C2222 10-in. 8/14/1928 Mean old train blues Leroy Carr Male vocal solo, with guitar and piano vocalist, lyricist, composer  
Brunswick C2223 10-in. 8/14/1928 You got to reap what you sow Leroy Carr Male vocal solo, with guitar and piano vocalist, lyricist, composer  
Brunswick C2224 10-in. 8/14/1928 Low down dirty blues Leroy Carr Male vocal solo, with guitar and piano vocalist, lyricist, composer  
Brunswick C2231 10-in. 8/15/1928 Straight alky blues, pt. 1 Scrapper Blackwell Male vocal solo, with guitar songwriter  
Brunswick C2232 10-in. 8/15/1928 Straight alky blues, pt. 2 Scrapper Blackwell Male vocal solo, with guitar songwriter  
Brunswick C2526 10-in. 11/6/1928 How long, how long blues Leroy Carr Male vocal solo, with guitar and piano vocalist, lyricist, composer  
Brunswick C2527 10-in. 11/6/1928 How long, how long blues no. 2 Leroy Carr Male vocal solo, with guitar and piano vocalist, lyricist, composer  
Brunswick C2528 10-in. 11/6/1928 Prison bound blues Leroy Carr Male vocal solo, with guitar and piano vocalist, lyricist, composer  
Brunswick C2529 10-in. 11/7/1928 You don’t mean me no good Leroy Carr Male vocal solo, with guitar and piano vocalist, lyricist, composer  
Brunswick C2537 10-in. 11/9/1928 How long, how long blues Hokum Jug Band ; Frankie Half Pint Jaxon ; Tampa Red Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo lyricist, composer  
Brunswick C2659 10-in. 12/14/1928 How long, how long blues Walter Barnes ; Royal Creolians Jazz/dance band composer  
Brunswick C2688 10-in. 12/19/1928 How long, how long blues no. 2 Leroy Carr Male vocal solo, with guitar and piano vocalist, lyricist, composer, instrumentalist, piano  
Brunswick C2689 10-in. 12/19/1928 How long, how long blues no. 3 Leroy Carr Male vocal solo, with guitar and piano vocalist, lyricist, composer, instrumentalist, piano  
Brunswick C2690 10-in. 12/19/1928 Baby, don’t you love me no more Leroy Carr Male vocal solo, with guitar and piano vocalist, instrumentalist, piano  
Brunswick C2691 10-in. 12/19/1928 Tired of your low down ways Leroy Carr Male vocal solo, with guitar and piano vocalist, lyricist, composer, instrumentalist, piano  
Brunswick C2692 10-in. 12/20/1928 Going away and leave my baby Leroy Carr Male vocal solo, with guitar and piano vocalist, instrumentalist, piano  
Brunswick C2693 10-in. 12/20/1928 I’m through with you Leroy Carr Male vocal solo, with guitar and piano vocalist, lyricist, composer, instrumentalist, piano  
Brunswick C2694 10-in. 12/20/1928 Prison bound blues Leroy Carr Male vocal solo, with guitar and piano vocalist, lyricist, composer, instrumentalist, piano  
Brunswick C2695 10-in. 12/20/1928 You don’t mean me no good Leroy Carr Male vocal solo, with guitar and piano vocalist, lyricist, composer, instrumentalist, piano  
Brunswick C2807 10-in. 1/16/1929 How long, how long blues Tampa Red Guitar solo composer  
Brunswick C2963 10-in. 2/15/1929 Think of me thinking of you Leroy Carr Male vocal solo, with piano vocalist  
Brunswick C2964 10-in. 2/15/1929 How about me? Leroy Carr Male vocal solo, with guitar and piano vocalist  
Brunswick C2965 10-in. 2/15/1929 The deacon’s prayer Leroy Carr Vocal vocalist  
Brunswick C2966 10-in. 2/15/1929 Straight alky blues, pt. 1 Leroy Carr Male vocal solo, with guitar and piano vocalist, songwriter  
Brunswick C2967 10-in. 2/15/1929 Straight alky blues, pt. 2 Leroy Carr Male vocal solo, with guitar and piano vocalist, songwriter  
Brunswick C2968 10-in. 2/15/1929 There ain’t nobody got it like she’s got it Leroy Carr Male vocal solo, with guitar and piano vocalist  
Brunswick C2970 10-in. 2/15/1929 Lifeboat blues Leroy Carr Female-male vocal duet, with guitar and piano vocalist, songwriter  
Brunswick C2971 10-in. 2/15/1929 The truth about the thing Leroy Carr Male vocal solo, with guitar and piano vocalist, songwriter  
Brunswick C2972 10-in. 2/15/1929 Naptown strut Scrapper Blackwell and the Two Roys Vocal and instrumental ensemble instrumentalist, piano, songwriter  
Brunswick C2973 10-in. 2/15/1929 Non-skid tread Scrapper Blackwell and the Two Roys Vocal and instrumental ensemble instrumentalist, piano, songwriter  
Brunswick C2974 10-in. 2/15/1929 Just worrying blues Leroy Carr Male vocal solo, with guitar and piano vocalist, songwriter  
Brunswick C2975 10-in. 2/15/1929 Gambler’s blues Leroy Carr Male vocal solo, with guitar and piano vocalist, songwriter  
Brunswick C3144 10-in. 3/19/1929 Straight alky blues, pt. 1 Leroy Carr Male vocal solo, with guitar and piano vocalist, songwriter  
Brunswick C3145 10-in. 3/19/1929 Straight alky blues, pt. 2 Leroy Carr Male vocal solo, with guitar and piano vocalist, songwriter  
Brunswick C3146 10-in. 3/19/1929 Lifeboat blues Leroy Carr Male vocal solo, with guitar and piano vocalist, instrumentalist, piano, songwriter  
Brunswick C3147 10-in. 3/19/1929 Gambler’s blues Leroy Carr Male vocal solo, with guitar and piano vocalist, instrumentalist, piano, songwriter  
Brunswick C3150 10-in. 3/19/1929 Just worryin’ blues Leroy Carr Male vocal solo, with guitar and piano vocalist, instrumentalist, piano, songwriter  
Brunswick C3151 10-in. 3/19/1929 There ain’t nobody got it like she’s got it Leroy Carr Male vocal solo, with guitar and piano vocalist  
Brunswick C3152 10-in. 3/19/1929 The truth about the thing Leroy Carr Male vocal solo, with guitar and piano vocalist, instrumentalist, piano, songwriter  
Brunswick C3615 10-in. 6/17/1929 I’m going back to Tennessee if it takes my last dime Leroy Carr Male vocal solo, with guitar and piano vocalist, instrumentalist, piano, lyricist, composer  
Brunswick C3616 10-in. 6/17/1929 Love hides all faults Leroy Carr Male vocal solo, with guitar and piano vocalist, instrumentalist, piano, lyricist, composer  
Brunswick C3617 10-in. 6/17/1929 I won’t miss you when you’re gone Leroy Carr Male vocal solo, with guitar and piano vocalist, instrumentalist, piano, lyricist, composer  
Brunswick C3618 10-in. 6/17/1929 Don’t you get tired of riding the same train all the time? Leroy Carr Male vocal solo, with guitar and piano vocalist, instrumentalist, piano, lyricist, composer  
Brunswick C3619 10-in. 6/17/1929 That’s all right for you Leroy Carr Male vocal solo, with guitar and piano vocalist, instrumentalist, piano, lyricist, composer  
Brunswick C3620 10-in. 6/17/1929 Wrong man blues Leroy Carr Male vocal solo, with guitar and piano vocalist, instrumentalist, piano, lyricist, composer  
Brunswick C3621 10-in. 6/17/1929 Baby, you done put that thing on me Leroy Carr Male vocal solo, with guitar and piano vocalist, instrumentalist, piano, lyricist, composer  
Brunswick C3625 10-in. 6/17/1929 Love is dead Leroy Carr Male vocal solo, with guitar and piano vocalist, instrumentalist, piano  
Brunswick C3626 10-in. 6/17/1929 Blue with the blues Leroy Carr Male vocal solo, with guitar and piano vocalist, instrumentalist, piano, songwriter  
Brunswick C3627 10-in. 6/17/1929 Naptown blues Leroy Carr Male vocal solo, with guitar and piano vocalist, instrumentalist, piano  
Brunswick C3628 10-in. 6/17/1929 Rainy day blues Leroy Carr Male vocal solo, with guitar and piano vocalist, instrumentalist, piano  
Brunswick C3685 10-in. 6/22/1929 Prison bound blues Tampa Red Guitar solo composer  
Brunswick C3686 10-in. 6/22/1929 You got to reap what you sow Tampa Red Guitar solo composer  
Brunswick C3792 10-in. 7/8/1929 Don’t you get tired of riding the same train all the time? Leroy Carr Male vocal solo, with guitar and piano vocalist, instrumentalist, piano, lyricist, composer  
Brunswick C3793 10-in. 7/8/1929 Don’t you get tired of riding the same train all the time? Leroy Carr Male vocal solo, with guitar and piano vocalist, instrumentalist, piano, lyricist, composer  
Brunswick C3794 10-in. 7/8/1929 I won’t miss you when you’re gone Leroy Carr Male vocal solo, with guitar and piano vocalist, instrumentalist, piano, lyricist, composer  
Brunswick C3795 10-in. 7/8/1929 I won’t miss you when you’re gone Leroy Carr Male vocal solo, with guitar and piano vocalist, lyricist, composer, instrumentalist, piano  
Brunswick C3796 10-in. 7/8/1929 Baby, you done put that thing on me Leroy Carr Male vocal solo, with guitar and piano vocalist, instrumentalist, piano, lyricist, composer  
Brunswick C3797 10-in. 7/8/1929 I’m going back to Tennessee if it takes my last dime Leroy Carr Male vocal solo, with guitar and piano vocalist, instrumentalist, piano, lyricist, composer  
Brunswick C3798 10-in. 7/8/1929 Love hides all faults Leroy Carr Male vocal solo, with guitar and piano vocalist, instrumentalist, piano, lyricist, composer  
Brunswick C3799 10-in. 7/8/1929 Love is dead Leroy Carr Male vocal solo, with guitar and piano vocalist, instrumentalist, piano  
Brunswick C3800 10-in. 7/8/1929 Rainy day blues Leroy Carr Male vocal solo, with guitar and piano vocalist, instrumentalist, piano  
Brunswick C3801 10-in. 7/8/1929 Rainy day blues Leroy Carr Male vocal solo, with guitar and piano vocalist, instrumentalist, piano  
Brunswick C3802 10-in. 7/8/1929 Blue with the blues Leroy Carr Male vocal solo, with guitar and piano vocalist, instrumentalist, piano, songwriter  
Brunswick C4031 10-in. 8/12/1929 The new how long, how long blues Scrapper Blackwell ; Leroy Carr Male vocal solo, with guitar and piano vocalist, instrumentalist, piano, songwriter  
Brunswick C4032 10-in. 8/12/1929 Love hides all faults Scrapper Blackwell ; Leroy Carr Male vocal solo, with guitar and piano vocalist, instrumentalist, piano, lyricist, composer  
Brunswick C4033 10-in. 8/12/1929 I know that I’ll be blue Leroy Carr Male vocal solo, with guitar and piano vocalist, instrumentalist, piano  
Brunswick C4034 10-in. 8/12/1929 Gettin’ all wet Scrapper Blackwell ; Leroy Carr Male vocal duet, with guitar and piano vocalist, instrumentalist, piano  
Brunswick C4046 10-in. 8/13/1929 Rainy day blues Scrapper Blackwell ; Leroy Carr Male vocal solo, with guitar and piano vocalist, instrumentalist, piano  
Brunswick C4047 10-in. 8/13/1929 Blue with the blues Scrapper Blackwell ; Leroy Carr Male vocal solo, with guitar and piano vocalist, instrumentalist, piano, songwriter  
Brunswick C4048 10-in. 8/13/1929 Just worryin’ blues Scrapper Blackwell ; Leroy Carr Male vocal solo, with guitar and piano vocalist, instrumentalist, piano, songwriter  
Brunswick C4049 10-in. 8/13/1929 Baby, you done put that thing on me Scrapper Blackwell ; Leroy Carr Male vocal solo, with guitar and piano vocalist, instrumentalist, piano, lyricist, composer  
Brunswick C4050 10-in. 8/13/1929 I won’t miss you when you’re gone Scrapper Blackwell ; Leroy Carr Male vocal solo, with guitar and piano vocalist, instrumentalist, piano, lyricist, composer  
Brunswick C4051 10-in. 8/13/1929 Love is dead Scrapper Blackwell ; Leroy Carr Male vocal solo, with guitar and piano vocalist, instrumentalist, piano  
Brunswick C4052 10-in. 8/13/1929 Don’t you get tired of riding that same train all the time Scrapper Blackwell ; Leroy Carr Male vocal solo, with guitar and piano vocalist, instrumentalist, piano, songwriter  
Brunswick C4053 10-in. 8/13/1929 I’m going back to Tennessee Scrapper Blackwell ; Leroy Carr Male vocal solo, with guitar and piano vocalist, instrumentalist, piano, lyricist, composer  
Brunswick C4054 10-in. 8/13/1929 Christmas in jail—Ain’t that a pain? Scrapper Blackwell ; Leroy Carr Male vocal solo, with guitar and piano vocalist, instrumentalist, piano  
Brunswick C4055 10-in. 8/13/1929 Prison cell blues Scrapper Blackwell ; Leroy Carr Male vocal solo, with guitar and piano vocalist, instrumentalist, piano  
Brunswick C4677 10-in. 10/19/1929 Gambler’s blues Charles “Speck” Pertum Male vocal solo, with piano songwriter  
Brunswick C5069 10-in. 1/2/1930 That’s tellin’ ‘em Scrapper Blackwell ; Leroy Carr Male vocal duet, with guitar and piano vocalist, instrumentalist, piano  
Brunswick C5070 10-in. 1/2/1930 Papa wants a cookie Leroy Carr Male vocal duet, with guitar and piano instrumentalist, piano, vocalist  
Brunswick C5071 10-in. 1/2/1930 Memphis Town Scrapper Blackwell ; Leroy Carr Male vocal duet, with guitar and piano vocalist, instrumentalist, piano  
Brunswick C5072 10-in. 1/2/1930 Don’t say goodbye Leroy Carr Male vocal solo, with guitar and piano vocalist, instrumentalist, piano  
Brunswick C5073 10-in. 1/2/1930 I ain’t got no gal Leroy Carr Male vocal solo, with guitar and piano vocalist, instrumentalist, piano  
Brunswick C5074 10-in. 1/2/1930 Goodbye blues Scrapper Blackwell ; Leroy Carr Male vocal duet, with guitar and piano vocalist, instrumentalist, piano  
Brunswick C5075 10-in. 1/2/1930 The dirty dozen Scrapper Blackwell ; Leroy Carr Male vocal duet, with guitar and piano vocalist, instrumentalist, piano  
Brunswick C5076 10-in. 1/2/1930 Workhouse blues Leroy Carr Male vocal solo, with guitar and piano instrumentalist, piano, vocalist  
Brunswick C6084 10-in. 9/9/1930 Let’s make up and be friends again Leroy Carr Male vocal solo, with guitar and piano vocalist  
Brunswick C6085 10-in. 9/9/1930 Let’s disagree Leroy Carr Male vocal solo, with guitar and piano vocalist  
Brunswick C6086 10-in. 9/9/1930 Sloppy drunk blues Leroy Carr Male vocal solo, with guitar and piano vocalist  
Brunswick C6087 10-in. 9/9/1930 Hard times done drove me to drink Leroy Carr Male vocal solo, with guitar and piano vocalist, lyricist, composer  
Brunswick C6088 10-in. 9/9/1930 Long road blues Leroy Carr Male vocal solo, with guitar and piano vocalist, lyricist, composer  
Brunswick C6089 10-in. 9/9/1930 Jail cell blues Leroy Carr Male vocal solo, with guitar and piano vocalist  
Brunswick C6090 10-in. 9/9/1930 Four day rider Leroy Carr Male vocal solo, with guitar and piano vocalist, lyricist, composer  
Brunswick C6091 10-in. 9/9/1930 Alabama women blues Leroy Carr Male vocal solo, with guitar and piano vocalist, lyricist, composer  
Brunswick C6092 10-in. 9/9/1930 Papa’s on the house top Leroy Carr Male vocal solo, with guitar and piano vocalist, lyricist, composer  
Brunswick C6093 10-in. 9/9/1930 Carried water for the elephant Leroy Carr Male vocal solo, with guitar and piano vocalist, lyricist, composer  
Brunswick C7215 10-in. 1/16/1931 Low down dog blues Leroy Carr Male vocal solo, with guitar and piano vocalist, songwriter  
Brunswick C7216 10-in. 1/16/1931 Nineteen thirty-one blues Leroy Carr Male vocal solo, with guitar and piano vocalist, songwriter  
Brunswick C7218 10-in. 1/16/1931 Love crying blues Leroy Carr Male vocal solo, with guitar and piano vocalist, songwriter  
Brunswick C7219 10-in. 1/16/1931 Papa’s got your water on Leroy Carr Male vocal solo, with guitar and piano vocalist, songwriter  
Brunswick C7220 10-in. 1/16/1931 Big House blues Leroy Carr Male vocal solo, with guitar and piano vocalist  
Brunswick C7221 10-in. 1/16/1931 New how long, how long blues no. 2 Leroy Carr Male vocal solo, with guitar and piano vocalist, songwriter  
Brunswick C7222 10-in. 1/16/1931 What more can I do? Leroy Carr Male vocal solo, with guitar and piano vocalist  
Brunswick C7223 10-in. 1/16/1931 Papa wants to knock a jug Leroy Carr Male vocal duet, with guitar and piano vocalist, songwriter  
Brunswick M197 10-in. Sept. 1929 How long, how long blues Jed Davenport Harmonica solo, with guitar composer  
Brunswick TC2969 10-in. 2/15/1929 Think of me thinking of you Leroy Carr Male vocal solo, with guitar and piano vocalist  
Brunswick E36877 10-in. 6/24/1931 How long, how long blues Five Pennies ; Red Nichols Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo lyricist, composer  

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Carr, Leroy," accessed October 27, 2021, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/106339.

Carr, Leroy. (2021). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved October 27, 2021, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/106339.

"Carr, Leroy." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2021. Web. 27 October 2021.

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