Fred Carter Jr. dies Saturday at 76
Monday, July 19, 2010
– Guitarist, producer, writer and singer Fred Carter Jr. died Saturday at 76. Carter died from stroke-related causes at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville. He played on recordings from a variety of genres including Waylon Jennings, Dottie Rambo, Simon and Garfunkel, the Band and Muddy Waters. Carter songs were recorded by Chet Atkins and Dean Martin.
Carter grew up in northeastern Louisiana. He grew up with jazz, country & western, hymns, and blues. He later spent two years with Roy Orbison during his heyday in the late 1950s and also worked with Ronnie Hawkins and the Hawks of Suzie Q fame. Carter toured extensively with Conway Twitty when Twitty played rock instead of country.
In the 1960s, Carter turned to Nashville session work. He played on Simon & Garfunkel's The Boxer, Dylan's Lay Lady Lay and was lead guitarist for Joan Baez and Neil Young.
Carter is the father of country singer Deana Carter.
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