17 Oct A-Z of Reggae – Q – Queen of Lovers Rock
Today on the A-Z of Reggae Podcast on Newstyle Radio…
Q – Queen of Lovers Rock
Carroll Thompson is a British lovers rock singer, best known as the “Queen of Lovers Rock”
Thompson classically trained on the piano and sang in school and church choirs as a girl, but initially studied for a career in pharmacy. She began working as a backing singer at several recording studios after auditioning for Frank Farian’s Sugar Cane group. Eventually, singer/songwriter Thompson embarked on a solo career, with early successes in the shape of Lovers rock singles “I’m So Sorry” (produced by the now London-based Leonard Chin) and “Simply In Love” both self written topping the reggae chart in 1981, the same year seeing the release of her independent iconic debut album ‘Hopelessly in love’ selling over a million copies worldwide. She won two GLR Reggae Awards in 1982, for Best Female Performer and Best Song (for “Hopelessly In Love”). In 1983, she won further awards, again winning Best Female Performer at the GLR awards. She also recorded duets with Sugar Minott (“Make It With You”) and Trevor Walters (“Love Won’t Let Us Wait”), as well as continuing with regular solo reggae chart hits.