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- Posted on Sep 25th 2009 11:00AM by John D. Luerssen
Raised in the Mississippi Delta, Carr was the son of 1930s blues guitarist and singer Robert McCollum, who recorded as Robert Nighthawk. Carr -- whose father was best known for the song 'Sweet Black Angel' -- played frequently with his dad early in his musical career.
Born Samuel Lee McCollum near Marvel, Ark., Carr was adopted as a toddler by a Mississippi family and lived on a farm near Dundee. He reunited with his estranged father at the age of 16 and worked the door at the clubs where Robert Nighthawk performed.
While he worked initially as a sharecropper, he threw himself into the blues full-time when he moved to St. Louis to play bass with noted harmonica player Tree Top Slim. In the 1960s, Carr returned to his home state of Mississippi and formed the Jelly Roll Kings. His decade-spanning career earned him several awards from Living Blues magazine as well as the Governor's Award for Excellence in the Arts in 2007.
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