John Carter, a veteran A&R exec, producer, manager and songwriter, died of cancer on May 10 in Palm Springs, Calif. He was 65.
Carter was known in the industry by his surname alone.
East St.-Louis born Carter’s career was kickstarted in 1967, when he co-wrote Strawberry Alarm Clock’s pop-psychedelic hit “Incense and Peppermints” (and renamed the band by plucking words from the singles chart).
Following work as a promotion man at Atlantic Records in San Francisco, Carter moved to Capitol Records in Hollywood, where he did his most commercially successful work. He produced hits by Bob Seger, Steve Miller, Bob Welch, the Motels and Sammy Hagar (whom he later managed).
In 1983, he served as A&R exec on Tina Turner’s Capitol album “Private Dancer,” which went on to revitalize the singer’s career, collect several Grammys and sell an estimated 20 million copies.
Carter later worked at A&M, Atlantic, Chrysalis and Island Records, nurturing the careers of acts as diverse as Tonio K., David + David, Tori Amos, Melissa Etheridge, Paula Cole and the Eels.
He is survived by his wife, Christy, and a daughter.