John Carter, the A&R exec, producer, songwriter and manager known as simply "Carter," died on May 10 in Palm Springs, Calif. He was 65.
Born John S. Carter in East St. Louis, Illinois, his career began in 1967, when he wrote the lyrics to the smash hit "Incense And Peppermints" by the Strawberry Alarm Clock - a group he renamed by picking words from song titles on the week's Hot 100 chart, according to a press release. He subsequently became a radio promotion executive for Atlantic Records in San Francisco.
Recruited to the A&R department of Capitol Records, Carter worked with Bob Seger and Steve Miller during the periods of their commercial breakthroughs; he also signed - and co-wrote and produced - albums for Sammy Hagar, Bob Welch and the Motels.
In 1983 he A&R'd Tina Turner's first Capitol album, the long-shot comeback "Private Dancer," and produced several of its tracks, including the title song. The album launched Turner's years as a global superstar, selling more than 20 million copies.
Carter went on to work at A&M, Atlantic, Chrysalis and Island Records. He later became an artist manager, working with Mark "E" Everett, who records as the Eels, and Paula Cole. More recently, he reunited with Hagar as his manager and in creating the group Chickenfoot.
Carter is survived by his wife Christy Carter and his daughter Crosby Carter. The press release requests that in lieu of flowers, please make a donation to LiveStrong.