1977 Carrie Lucas – Simply Carrie

Simply Carrie is the debut album by Carrie Lucas. Released in 1977 on the Soul Train Records label. “I Gotta Keep Dancin’ (Keep Smiling) ” and “I Gotta Get Away From Your Love” were the two hit singles from Lucas’s first album, Simply Carrie, released in 1977. “I Gotta Keep Dancin’ (Keep Smiling)” peaked at number #64 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in 1977

Carrie Lucas (October 1, 1945) is an American R&B musician, born in Carmel, California. In 1976 she was signed to Soul Train Records. Lucas made six albums over seven years with Soul Train and Solar Records.


I Gotta Keep Dancin\’ (Keep Smiling) (Malcolm Anthony) 5:08
2  Me for You (Clarence McDonald, Fritz Baskett) 4:12
3  Play By the Rule (Carrie Lucas, Greg Phillinganes) 3:17
4  Tender (Interlude) (Malcolm Anthony, Wayne Bell) 1:36
5  Tender (Malcolm Anthony, Wayne Bell) 7:06
6  Jammin\’ Tenderly (Tender, Pt. 2) (Wayne Bell) 2:24
7  I Gotta Get Away from Your Love (Carrie Lucas, Greg Phillinganes) 3:48
8  I\’ll Close Loves Door (Carrie Lucas) 4:47
9  What\’s the Question (Carrie Lucas) 5:46
10  Men Kiss and Tell (Clarence McDonald, Deniece Williams, Lani Groves) 3:54
11  I Gotta Keep Dancin\’ (Keep Smiling) (12 Inch Mix) (Malcolm Anthony) 7:38


BassNathan East
BassScott Edwards
BassWerner Schuchner
DrumsAhaguna Sun
DrumsJames Gadson
DrumsRaymond Pounds
GuitarJay Graydon
GuitarMarlo Henderson
GuitarCarl Lockett
GuitarGlenn Jones
GuitarWerner Schuchner
KeyboardsClarence McDonald
KeyboardsGreg Phillinganes
SaxErnie Watts
SaxHank Redd
SaxJackie Kelso
SaxBill Green
TromboneGeorge Bohanon
TromboneGrover Mitchell
TrumpetJoe Romono
TrumpetJohn Parrish
TrumpetNolan Smith
TrumpetOscar Brashear
PercussionAhaguna Sun
PercussionFrederick Lewis
Background VocalsAhaguna Sun
Background VocalsCarolyn Willis
Background VocalsD.J. Rogers
Background VocalsDick Griffey
Background VocalsJim Gilstrap
Background VocalsWallace Scott
Background VocalsWalter Scott
VocalsCarrie Lucas

Liner Notes

Producer – Dick Griffey
Co-producer – Clarence McDonald
Coordinator (A & R) – Nancy Atkins
Arranged By – Jerry Peters (Tracks 1, 2, 4, 5)
Arranged By – John Parrish (Tracks 3, 8)
Arranged By – Greg Phillinganes (Tracks 6, 7)
Arranged By – Clarence McDonald, Dick Griffey (Tracks 9, 10)
Engineer (Mastering) – Richard Simpson
Engineer (Mixing) – Dick Griffey, Don Holden
Engineer (Recording) – Don Holden, Grover Helsley

Design – Gribbitt!, Tim Bryant
Photography By – Ron Slenzak

Manufactured By – RCA Records
Distributed By – RCA Records
Copyright (c) – RCA Records
Phonographic Copyright (p) – RCA Records
Phonographic Copyright (p) – Cornelius-Griffey Entertainment Co.
Recorded At – RCA Studios, Hollywood