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Profession

Category:
MusicMakers
Occupation(s):
Singer

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Pink
Favorite Food:
Corn
Favorite Time of Year:
Spring
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Home
Favorite Quote:
If you don't stand for something, you will fall for anything.

Birthplace

Born:
3/15/1947
Birth Location:
Columbus, Georgia

Profession

Category:
MusicMakers
Occupation(s):
Singer

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Pink
Favorite Food:
Corn
Favorite Time of Year:
Spring
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Home
Favorite Quote:
If you don't stand for something, you will fall for anything.

Birthplace

Born:
3/15/1947
Birth Location:
Columbus
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Biography

Born Sarah Jean Parker in Columbus, Georgia, on March 15, 1947, Jean Carne's remarkable voice was first heard in the 1970s. While attending Booker T. Washington High School in Atlanta, Carne learned to speak Russian fluently. After graduating in 1965, Carne attended Morris Brown College and was planning on attending Juilliard School of Music when she met and married Doug Carne.

Carne's first exposure to the public was as a teenager in Atlanta, singing Misty on a morning radio show. After meeting her husband, Carne joined his jazz fusion band as a vocalist, and they went on to record three albums. This work attracted the attention of the group Earth, Wind & Fire, which Carne joined as a back-up vocalist on its first two albums. After leaving Earth, Wind & Fire, Carne toured with Duke Ellington, and then went on to join Buddah Records. In 1975, Carne hit the top-ten charts with Norman Connors on the single Valentine Love. Throughout the rest of the 1970s, Carne continued to record and tour, releasing such popular singles as Was That All It Was, Free Love, and Don't Let It Go To Your Head, through Philadelphia International Records, and in 1982, she signed with industry giant Motown Records. In 1986, Carne joined Omni Records, which produced her first number-one hit, Closer Than Close. Carne continued to record throughout the 1990s, including the release of a greatest hits album; she also continued to tour frequently.

In addition to her successful singing career, Carne raised three children.

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  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - Jean Carne narrates her photographs
  • Tape: 1 Story: 1 - Slating of Jean Carne interview
  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - Jean Carne's favorites
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Jean Carne recounts her grandparents' histories
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Jean Carne talks about her father's background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Jean Carne talks about mother's background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Jean Carne remembers early musical experiences in her church's choir
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Jean Carne recalls her childhood neighborhood
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Jean Carne discusses her involvement in music as a youth
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - Jean Carne remembers childhood games
  • Tape: 1 Story: 10 - Jean Carne tells of elementary and high school experiences
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Jean Carne recalls past involvement with the Russian language
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Jean Carne sings in Italian
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Jean Carne talks about her hopes to visit Russia
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Jean Carne remembers her music education in high school
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Jean Carne tells of college experiences at Morris Brown College
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Jean Carne explains Morris Brown College's recent financial problems
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Jean Carne comments on her social life during college
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - Jean Carne talks about meeting her husband
  • Tape: 2 Story: 9 - Jean Carne remembers her musical growth after graduating from college
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Jean Carne discusses underlying themes of her music
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Jean Carne talks about her musical influences
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Jean Carne discusses her and Doug Carn's music collaboration
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Jean Carne comments on working with Norman Connors
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Jean Carne describes her career with Gamble and Huff
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Jean Carne explains her transition to Motown Records
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Jean Carne discusses her popularity
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - Jean Carne talks about collaborating with Grover Washington, Jr.
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Jean Carne recalls performing with Duke Ellington
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Jean Carne remembers her involvement with Earth, Wind and Fire
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Jean Carne comments on the importance of local musicians
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Jean Carne talks about current projects
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Jean Carne shares her hopes for future generations
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Jean Carne tells of some of her favorite artists
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - Jean Carne considers her legacy