Vikki Carr – Set Me Free 1990
Vikki Carr (born Florencia Bisenta de Casillas-Martinez Cardona was born in El Paso, Texas. She graduated from Rosemead High School in 1958 in a class that included famed fashion designer Bob Mackie. After taking the stage name “Vikki Carr” she signed with Liberty Records in 1962. Her first single to achieve success was “He’s a Rebel”, which in 1962 reached No. 3 in Australia and No. 115 in the United States. Producer Phil Spector heard Carr cutting the song in the studio and immediately recorded a cover version billed to the Crystals that reached No. 1 in the United States. In 1966, Carr toured South Vietnam with actor/comedian Danny Kaye to entertain American troops. The following year her album It Must Be Him was nominated for three Grammy Awards. The title track reached No. 3 on the Billboard Hot 100 in the United States in 1967, sold more than 1 million copies and received a gold disc. Carr had two other songs make the US Top 40: 1968’s “The Lesson” and 1969’s “With Pen in Hand”. Around this time, Dean Martin called her “the best girl singer in the business”. Carr had 10 singles that made the US pop charts and 13 albums that made the US pop-album charts.