Goree Carter

Goree Chester Carter or Christer Carter (December 31, 1930 – December 29, 1990), known as Goree Carter, was an American singer, guitarist, drummer, songwriter and soldier. He was also credited with the stage names Little T-Bone, Rocky Thompson and Gory Carter, and recorded music in blues genres such as electric blues, jump blues and Texas blues, as well as rock and roll.

He is best known for his 1949 single, "Rock Awhile," which has been cited by several sources as the first rock and roll record, featuring an over-driven electric guitar style similar to that of Chuck Berry years later. Carter recorded "Rock Awhile" at the age of 18, and its rediscovery has posthumously brought him recognition as a forefather of rock and roll. As a soldier, he was drafted into military service at the age of 19, and was a veteran of the Korean War.

Birth and Death Data: Born December 31st, 1930 (Houston), Died December 29th, 1990 (Houston)

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1951

Roles Represented in DAHR: vocalist, guitar

Recordings

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Decca H-108 5/15/1951 I've got news for you Goree Carter vocalist, instrumentalist, guitar  
Decca H-109 5/15/1951 I'm your boogie man Goree Carter vocalist, instrumentalist, guitar  
Decca H-110 5/15/1951 Please say you're mine Goree Carter vocalist, instrumentalist, guitar  
Decca H-111 5/15/1951 Tell me, is there still a chance? Goree Carter vocalist, instrumentalist, guitar  

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Carter, Goree," accessed October 22, 2020, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/201633.

Carter, Goree. (2020). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved October 22, 2020, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/201633.

"Carter, Goree." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2020. Web. 22 October 2020.

DAHR Persistent Identifier

URI: https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/201633

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