Sheila and Claude Carrere in the early 1970s
French record and TV producer Claude Carrere died on April 9th. In the 1960s, he founded Carrere Records whose main star was French songstress Sheila (who fronted the disco group "Sheila & B. Devotion", famous for 1970s hits like "Love, me baby", "Singing in the Rain" and "Spacer"). Carrere released albums by the "crème de la crème" of French pop music and Eurodisco: Claude François, Karen Chéryl, Linda de Suza, Sacha Distel, Dalida, Ottawan, Gérard Lenorman, Stéphanie de Monaco, F.R David.... Carrere's roster of artists also included British pop vocal duo "Dollar" and South African girl band "Clout".
International hit singles released by Carrere Records:
Sheila: Spacer (1980)
Clout: Substitute (1978)
Ottawan: D.I.S.C.O (1979)
Luv': Ooh, Yes I Do (1979)
F.R David: Words (1982)
Dollar: Shooting Star (1978)
Stéphanie: Ouragan/Irresistible (1986)
Sheila and Carrere were not on speaking terms due to lawsuits and conflicts. By the way, the French singer didn't pay tribute to her former Pygmalion and made no comments about his death.
In October 1979, Luv' signed a lucrative deal with the Dutch subsidiary of Carrere Records (Read Chapter III of the group's biography). While the girls were under contract to the French label between 1979 and 1981, their biggest hit single was "Ooh, Yes I Do" (#2 in Denmark, #5 in Holland, #7 in Belgium, #27 in Germany, #10 in France, #13 in Austria, #10 on the Europarade, certified gold in Mexico) and their "True Luv" LP went gold in Holland. Moreover, the most popular solo records of José Hoebee ("I Will Follow Him" and "Secret Love") were released by CNR/Carrere in 1982.
In 1991, Claude Carrere sold his record company to Warner Music.
In 1986, he launched Carrere Television (which produced high-rated TV shows for TF1: “Avis de Recherche”, “Tous à la Une”, “Intervilles”, “Succès Fous”, “La Une est à Vous”, “La Roue de la Fortune”...). In the 1990s, the company changed its name to Carrere Group and thanks to acquisitions diversified into new activities: TV series ("Maigret", "Le juge est une femme"...), movies (including "Kirikou et la Sorcière”), eclectic TV programs (“Du côté de chez vous”, “Question Maison” (France 5), “C'est pas Sorcier” (France 3) , “Arrêt sur Images” (France 5), "Zone Interdite" (M6).....
Source: Discogs.com, Wikipedia, YouTube, Le Monde, Le Figaro, Le Parisien, Voici, Gala, Carrere Group....