• The Carvettes

    The Carvettes (Jackson, MS.)

    Personnel :

    Al Goodman (Baritone/ Bass)

    Charles Haynes (First / Second Tenor)

    Albert Brown (Falsetto/ First Tenor)

    Tommy Harden (Lead)

    Walter Catchings (Lead / First Tenor)

    Discography :

    The Carvettes
    1961 - A Lovers Prayer / Never Gonna Leave Me (Copa 200-1 / 200-2)

    Sam Baker bb The Carvettes
    1960 - So Long / Crazy About You Baby (Copa 200-3 / 200-4)

    Biography :

    The hottest soul group in Jackson, MS and the surrounding areas in the mid-'60s was unquestionably the Carvettes. The Temptations of the South were manned by Al Goodman (baritone-bass), Charles Haynes (1st & 2nd tenor), Albert Brown (falsetto, 1st tenor), Tommy Harden (lead), and Walter Catchings (lead, 1st tenor).  (Many mistakenly called the group the Corvettes after the car -- and at one time they became the Corvettes to avoid the confusion -- but they're credited on their sole 45 as the Carvettes.)

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                                                                                                                                                       Sam Baker

    Bonding at Jim Hill High School they kept busy, playing proms, talent shows, and venues such as the Alamo Theater on Ferrish Street and Stevens' Rose Room on Sunset Drive, a large club that attracted people from all over Mississippi.  At one time, WOKK, Mississippi's first black radio station, featured them in a 15-minute spot every Saturday morning. They sung a cappela renditions of songs by the Moonglows, the Spaniels, the Midnighters, and others.

    The Carvettes
    The Moments with Al Goodman (Left)

    They recorded "A Lovers Prayer" b/w "Never Gonna Leave Me," on Copa Records. Though it flopped, they hung tough for a minute.  The label’s only other artist was Sam Baker. Sam Baker’s single was “So Long” b/w "Crazy About You Baby" with the Carvettes featured prominently as backup singers. Of the Carvettes, only Al Goodman pursued a music career, first with The Moments and later co-founding Ray, Goodman, & Brown.

    Songs :

    The Carvettes

        A Lovers Prayer                              Never Gonna Leave Me

    Sam Baker bb The Carvettes

            So Long                                    Crazy About You Baby


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