- He was a musician
- He wrote songs (Incense and Peppermints)
- Worked as a promotion man for Atlantic Records in the 70’s in San Francisco
- Was an A&R man, first at Capitol Records
- Produced records, first being Sammy Hagar who he signed to Capitol
- Signed Tina Turner and produced Private Dancer
- Managed artists
I’m sure all of the above made him the perfect A&R guy. He knew what songs to pick for the artist and he knew when a song needed help.
On co-writing songs with artists he produced, “I really harassed and harassed people to improve their songwriting over the course of a project...and maybe in the eleventh hour, I finally said, "That's it. I can't stand it anymore. Here's a lyric. What do you think?" So really, it was usually as a last resort—not a first choice.” (Read more of this interview on Taxi’s website)
Carter passed away from cancer. I never had the pleasure of working with him, but people I know did, and loved him.
For a personal account, read Bob Lefsetz column.