John Carter

John Carter (born John Nicholas Shakespeare, 20 October 1942, Small Heath, Birmingham, England) is an English singer, songwriter and record producer. Mainly popular in the 1960s, Carter's craftsmanship can be heard at work with: Carter met his future songwriting partner Ken Hawker at school. They formed a skiffle band in the 1950s called LVI. It was then they began writing songs together: "We began to write real Buddy Holly take-offs. Which was good, it got us excited about songwriting." In 1960 the duo went to London and presented themselves under their songwriting pseudonyms John Carter and Ken Lewis. Terry Kennedy became their manager and convinced them to start their own band as an outlet for their songs. In 1961 the first single by Carter-Lewis and the Southerners was released, Back on the Scene. But the band never broke through and their main claim to fame remains a brief stint that Jimmy Page did as their lead guitarist. In 1964 they met Perry Ford, who worked as an engineer in a small recording studio in Denmark Street, London.


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