Carrere Records - History

History

Claude Carrere started working with Annie Chancel in 1962 and renamed her Sheila, who remained his sole artist for a while. He set up Carrere Productions and the records were distributed by Philips Records. In the late 60s, he created Disques Carrere. In 1972, he produced and distributed his own releases. A lot of singers would be signed alongside Sheila, the most important ones being Ringo (Sheila's husband), Dalida and even Claude François. In 1977, Sheila and B. Devotion was created and Carrere started exporting his releases.

In 1978, Freddie Cannon, the Managing Director, and Peter Hinton, A&R Manager, signed power pop band the Incredible Band and followed this in 1979 with the NWOBHM band Saxon, who released their eponymous debut album the following year. In 1981, they also signed the Australian rock band, The Church.

The label also released the final album by The Buggles, 1981's Adventures in Modern Recording. It was distributed in the United States through Columbia Records. In 1985, Carrere released the four track EP 'Tomorrow Never Comes' by NWOBHM group Scorched Earth, with lead singer Dave Cooper Singer/Songwriter.

Other artists of note on the label were Dollar, who enjoyed a number of hits with the label, Clout, who had a worldwide hit with their 1978 single "Substitute" and Dutch girl group Luv' that scored successful singles (including "Ooh, Yes I Do" in late 1979) in Benelux and German speaking countries. Boney M and Ottawan were also be huge hits for the label.

In 1993, Carrere closed down, but the Carrere family still has the rights for its catalogs.

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