Carolyn Crawford (or Caroline Crawford, pick which one you like) was an American singer who recorded for Motown in the early 1960s.
She started singing and could play the piano from a very young age. In 1963 (when she was thirteen), she won a talent contest held by Detroit radio station WCHB, the prize for which was a recording contract with Motown. She provided backup vocals and released three singles for Motown (“Forget About Me”, “My Smile Is Just A Frown (Turned Upside Down)” and “When Someone’s Good To You”), to little success. Her contract was not renewed and she returned to her schooling.
Carolyn joined a girl group put together in 1972 by former Motown producer (and head of A&R) Mickey Stevenson. She recorded briefly with them before joining the Detroit soul group Chapter 8, but left in 1976 for a solo career, and was replaced with Anita Baker. Carolyn provided backing vocals for former Motown musician Hamilton Bohannon as well. She signed a solo contract with Mercury Records (as Caroline Crawford), and Bohannon acted as her producer. He produced her two albums, My Name Is Caroline (!!) and Nice And Soulful.
In 1989, she signed with Ian Levine’s Motorcity Records. Because she had been so young when she recorded for Motown, she was the youngest of all the artists who signed with Motorcity (being about 39 at the time). She recorded one album, Heartaches, and the single “Timeless” (as Carolyn Crawford). She continued to perform around Detroit (apparently as Caroline Crawford) into the 2000s and has also done some acting.
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