Eulogy for John Carter, formerly of
DJ DAVID DIAMOND, OF THE DIAMOND MINE AT KISS FM, WHO IS RECOVERING FROM A STROKE, ASKED HIS FRIEND, MOLLY-ANN LEIKIN, TO WRITE DOWN A FEW WORDS FROM HIS HEART TO SAY GOOD BYE.
Carter and I were blood. It wasn’t just white cells and red cells with some plasma thrown in. It was rock ‘n roll. We go all the way back to Denver, where I was a DJ in the 60’s and Carter was in The Rainy Days. I managed the group, and when “Acapulco Gold” was a smash, I hooked the band up with a guy I knew in Hollywood, named Phil Spector.
In 1967, Carter and Tim Gilbert wrote “Incense and Peppermints”, which I published. Then Carter became the tour manager for the Stones. By the 70’s, he was the A & R guys’ A & R guy at Capitol and lived in a Frank Lloyd Wright mansion.
While I was a DJ at KFWB, Carter turned me on to all the new music – The Kinks, Cream, Buffalo Springfield and Bobbie Gentry. In the 80’s, he produced four tracks on Tina Turner’s Grammy-winning, Private Dancer CD. But all accomplishments aside, his happiest day, and one I shared with him, was when he brought his beautiful baby girl, Crosby, home from the hospital.
No matter what was playing, Carter and I listened and grew together. Even after I became a professor and moved back to the Midwest, we still spoke every other day.
Our friendship was a gift to me. Proud to know him as a man, a musician and as a party, I’ve established a $5000 ASCAP scholarship for songwriting in his name.
As the orange sun waits a moment longer before setting over my front porch in the Black Hills, seems to me I’ll probably spend the rest of my life dialing Carter’s number. I know, somehow, no matter where he is, he will always call me right back.
Good night, sweet prince. And flights of angels sing thee to thy rest, from an iPhone 4S.
Eulogy Example - Anything With Words - Molly-Ann Leikin