Interview With Vikki Carr - February 16, 2007

Introduction

Vikki Carr, 1968.
Vikki Carr, 1968.

Since around early Dec. 2006, Vikki Carr's 1967 smash hit, "It Must Be Him," has been one of this website's #1 most clicked-on songs. We are thrilled to have had the opportunity to interview the highly acclaimed Vikki Carr - 1960s pop icon, Latin music superstar, and philanthropist. Below is a partial transcript of a telephone interview of Ms. Carr by webmaster Amy Gold from Feb. 16, 2007.

Although oldies fans and those who grew up during the 1960s probably know Vikki Carr best for "It Must Be Him" (1967), "The Lesson" (1968), and "With Pen In Hand" (1969), these songs just barely scratch the surface of her long and distinguished career which spans over 45 years.

Born Florencia Bisenta de Casillas Martinez Cardona in El Paso, TX, she made her public debut at age 4 singing "Adeste Fideles" in Latin at a Christmas concert. In 1962, she signed up with Liberty Records and had her first hit with "He's a Rebel" which reached #5 in Australia. Other hits include "I'll be Home" (1971), "The Big Hurt" (1972), and "Wind Me Up" (1975). Vikki Carr appeared and performed on countless TV variety shows throughout the 1960s and early 1970s and was the first female to guest host for "The Tonight Show."

Vikki Carr today.
Vikki Carr today.

Over the years, she has achieved phenomenal success in the Latin music world and has amassed a huge international fan base in the US, Latin America, Asia and Europe. She has a string of Billboard Latin chart hits (listed here by year released) that include "Mala Suerte" (1988), "Hay Otro En Tu Lugar" (1989), "Esta Noche Vendras" (1986), "Sombras" (1995), and the chart-topping "Total" (1981) and "Cosas Del Amor" (1991). Of her 59 albums to date, 17 went Gold and three won Grammys. She has also performed in a number of movies and musicals, and in 1999 she hosted her own TV special for PBS, "Memories Memorias." Carr also heads the Vikki Carr Scholarship Foundation which she founded in 1971.

In this interview, Vikki Carr reflects on her career, both past and present, and touches on related topics such as her early musical and family influences, her love of performing and for her audiences, her artistic goals, some of her current projects, and her plans for the future.

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Vikki Carr Ultimate Collection 

CD Box Set.

Vikki Carr: The Ultimate Collection: Meticulously compiled by Steven Woof (EMI-UK), Vito Cifaldi, and Vikki Carr, "The Ultimate Collection" includes over 40 years worth of songs covering every aspect of Ms. Carr's stellar career. Also included are detailed liner notes by Vito Cifaldi and Randy Cordova and a special message from Vikki herself. This collection is a top seller and it has received many rave reviews since its release in late 2006.


Richard Jessen (Robert Farnon Society): "The title explains itself more than adequately. What we get are 3 CDs full of songs exploring every facet by the well loved and honored lady of song, Miss Vikki Carr. And what a collection!" ... (more)

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