Songwriter John Carter, who co-wrote the 1967 pop-psychedelic hit “Incense and Peppermints” for bubble-gum band Strawberry Alarm Clock, died Tuesday of cancer in Palm Springs, California. He was 65.
As performed by Strawberry Alarm Clock, “Incense and Peppermints” was heard in the soundtrack of the 2001 Disney feature film Recess: School’s Out, as well as the 1998 Simpsons episode D’oh-In’ In The Wind. The song started Carter’s career off with a bang.
Known in the industry just by his surname, Carter was a longtime A&R executive, producer and manager, as well as a songwriter. He renamed Strawberry Alarm Clock by picking words from the singles chart.
Born in East St. Louis, Carter was a promotion man at Atlantic Records in San Francisco. He did his most commercially successful work upon moving to Capitol Records in Hollywood. There, he produced hits by Bob Seger, Steve Miller, Bob Welch, the Motels and Sammy Hagar (whom he later managed).
He was an A&R executive on Tina Turner’s 1983 Capitol album Private Dancer. Besides bringing new strength to the singer’s career, the album won several Grammys and sold an estimated 20 million copies.
Later, Carter worked at A&M, Atlantic, Chrysalis and Island Records. He aided the careers of such diverse performers as Tonio K., David + David, Tori Amos, Melissa Etheridge, Paula Cole and the Eels.
John Carter is survived by his wife Christy and a daughter.
[Via Variety -- www.variety.com/article/VR1118036961?refCatId=16]