Paul Carrack

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Paul Carrack (born April 22, 1951 in Sheffield, England) is a British keyboardist, singer and songwriter who worked with numerous groups, including Ace and Squeeze.

Career Overview

Ace was Carrack's first band. He wrote "How Long", their debut single and a hit on both sides of the Atlantic in 1972, but no further recordings caught on.

In 1977, Ace disbanded and Carrack began working with Frankie Miller, followed by turns in Roxy Music, as a solo artist and in Squeeze, where he worked on their best-known album, East Side Story. Carrack joined up with Nick Lowe and then went back to a solo career, scoring a minor US hit before working for a period with Eric Clapton.

Mike & the Mechanics

He then joined Mike Rutherford (of Genesis) in Mike & the Mechanics. This latter group found some success, and Carrack released another solo album, One Good Reason, which yielded a Top Ten hit in "Don't Shed a Tear". Mike & the Mechanics released a #1 hit with the title track to 1988's The Living Years. After that the hits dried up, both in his solo career and with Mike & the Mechanics. Following a hiatus, the band reformed in 2004 as Mike & the Mechanics featuring Paul Carrack.

Session Work

He has also worked widely as a session musician, for example on Roger Waters' "Radio K.A.O.S." (1987) and subsequent tour; on Elton John's "The Big Picture" (1987); and on The Smiths' eponymous debut album (1984).de:Paul Carrack

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