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.