Eulogy for John Carter, formerly of
Atlantic Records

 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.

Love,
David Diamond

Eulogy Example - Anything With Words - Molly-Ann Leikin