A True Music Lover - Carter (1946 - 2011)

May 17, 2011 by sammyhagar
A True Music Lover - Carter (1946 - 2011)
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Last week I lost a manager, a friend, a cowriter, & a producer. But most of all Carter was a fan of fans – a true Redhead. He cowrote the song "Red" with me and was the kind of guy who would have been in that line sleeping on the sidewalk. He was a true music lover.

I miss him.

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 46 Redhead Comments

Trey's picture

Terrible lost! Sorry!

Johnnybarfly's picture

Just finished reading your book and I understand what he meant to you and you rediscovering having fun with music. My thoughts are with you.

patsow's picture

Sammy you rock!
just wanted to thank you for being you

Zona Bob's picture

Holy Smokes, 'Incense and Peppermint', John Carter! I sure remember that from about 1967! It saddens me, Sammy, to know you've lost a close friend in John Carter. It's always hard to lose a close friend. I know you grieve, as we grieve with you. Thanks to John for the pleasure he gave us, for his dedicated songsmanship and the comradship you had with him.

crafty894's picture

I am very sorry for your loss. Some things, you just never get over. May your heart heal quickly and your memories never die.

dsteele485's picture

So sorry for your loss Sammy, I read about Carter in your book, I know he meant a lot to you and your family. Best wishes!

humboldt princess's picture

I also lost my father last week. So much left unsaid...
My love to you. Shanda

markrory's picture

Peace be with him - and you, Sammy.
Love, Mark and RoseMary

LazyBob's picture

So sorry for you & your families. Best wishes

murmur's picture

Sorry for your loss Sammy... be strong during this difficult time, us Redheads have you in our prayers...

brendaSTL's picture

Losing a friend is always a hard thing to do. My thoughts and prayers are with you and the REDrocker family

Nick Masini's picture

Very sorry for your loss. It sounds like he was a great person and you were lucky to have known him. That can never be taken away.

cathyfbrown's picture

I am so sorry for the Carter family's loss of a loved one. May Carter RIP in paradise and rock on for all of us, with a little Cabo of course. Sam, my deepest condolences to you on the loss of what's most important in life, a friend. My sincerest thoughts are with you and the RedRocker team. Peace and love.

kllb99's picture

Love and Hugs!! Memories are amazing. Blessings.

sherriew's picture

Chrissy, Gene & I want to extend heartfelt condolences for your loss. You aren't friends with someone for that many years without learning from them. Remember & use the things he has taught you & you will not only honor him but you will keep him alive in your heart.

Sherrie Wiesmann

bajarockpat's picture


Love and deepest condolences. You are in my thoughts in prayers. You already know that.

Baja Rock Pat

kiki's picture

Sammy so sorry for you loss. Sending you lots of REDLOVE!


scs5150's picture

Sam, just want to send some RED love to you and the Red Rocker family. PLease know that Carter is still takin care of you from afar. Peace. Sean Saylor

redrockertex's picture

RED thoughts are with yours and the Carter family...Raising a shot of Cabo Wabo in a toaste

samb080's picture

Sammy, sorry for the loss of your friend . It's really amazing how fast time goes by. Keep rocking ,see you in Cabo!

Mink's picture

Sammy, my thoughts and prayers go out to you, your family, and Carter's family in this time of loss.
Stay strong and remember the good times.

peeweethedane's picture

Sammy. so sorry for the loss of your friend and Manager. my sincere condolences to you and the Carter family. R.I.P Carter.


themay_or's picture

So sorry to hear of the loss of a true Redhead! My thoughts and prayers are with you, Sammy, your family, and Carter's family. May you find peace and comfort through this difficult time.


hagarrockscabo's picture

Sammy, so sorry for your loss. When you lose someone so close it like a part of your goes with them. I am sure he would want you to carry on where you both left off....You are in my thoughts and prayers.

TommySalami's picture

Sorry for your loss, Sammy. You have our prayers. Peace!

jeffp081's picture

Condolences for your loss Sammy. Peace be with you.

prcn222's picture

RIP in Carter, you will be missed! Peace to you Sammy.

302_Boss_Chick's picture

A huge loss for you and your whole family, both personal as well as professional, and for the the music industry as a whole. Wishing you and your entire family and crew peace and love during this diffcult time Sammy. ♥


michelle1way2rk's picture


So sorry to hear about Carter. I hope that during this sad time you'll find peace in knowing that he is in a better place. Listen to the wind as he'll still be guiding you, just from a different plane.

Love and Light,

yasg013's picture

So very sorry for your loss Sammy. Sending you and Carter's family love and condolences.

christap050's picture

My thoughts and prayers are with you Sammy and all who knew and loved Carter. I will never forget the nice conversation we had in Cleveland at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. You could see this man had a beautiful soul and now has a Halo in heaven with our Father God. I Love You Sammy. xoxo

Cabo Sue's picture

So sorry for your loss, thinking of you and your family in this time of sorrow. Sue

Redlover's picture


While I didn't know him personally, I did have an opportunity to speak to Carter once on the phone and he seemed like he was such a caring person. We were going to try to put together a cancer fundraiser (S.G. Komen). He was really fired up about doing it because of his own personal battle and asked me to get back to him about it all after I did the research. I did call back, but he never returned it. Found out he was sick again and then...this. Right up to the end he was trying to figure out ways to help other people. You had a great friend there Sam. I am so very sorry for your loss and I will be praying for you, Carter's family and all of the people who's lives he touched. Godspeed.

Redlove Baby...Redlove to you, now and always!!! ♥


CaboSinn's picture

Ah Sammy, that's why you are so loved by your red rocker fans. God gave you a gift and you went beyond all boundaries to use it to touch his people and their lives with your talent even through hard times; you are human and share with us your faults, pains, and dreams. We feel your emotional turmoil and offer our prayers for your strength and Carter's family. He's now a star in the heavens guiding with eternal light. Redhead family thoughts and support will lift you up. PEACE

damien's picture

Sammy, I'm sorry for your loss, I know how hard it is. I just lost this last Thursday morning my cousin. About 20 minutes later I got a call that my co-worker also died. Take it minute by minute, hour by hour and give yourself a little time off if you can.


Cabo Jess's picture

So sorry for your loss, Sammy.

darin_bristow73's picture

Sammy- I hear ya! I'm beyond sad at the news of Carter's passing.

Carter was such a great guy to me. For those of you on this site, I conceived, designed, and directed the animated music video for Chickenfoot's song " Get It Up".

This life altering opportunity to do the video was a dream come true for me, and largely due to the kindness and generous nature of Carter. When I approached him with my idea, we didn't know each other at all. We met several times over coffee to discuss my idea and artwork concepts, and over an old fashioned handshake, trust, and hundreds of back and forth emails, we created the video and formed a friendship. Since the video's completion we'd exchange emails, chat, and even while sick, Carter still helped me flesh out ideas for a possible video sequel. We spoke right about this right up until his passing, which upon my hearing about it, was quite an unexpected shock.

I will miss him, his voice, our banter, and especially that twinkle in his eye greatly. He took a chance on me, and I will be forever indebted to his willingness to take a risk.

Thanks for everything Carter! Tip of my Tequila shot to you! (Cabo of course )

If we do end up doing another video, I will definitely dedicate it to this fantastic human being.


rrockercabogirl's picture

So very sorry for your loss Sammy. Sending love and condolences to you and to all of Carter's friends and family. RIP

robbt027's picture

Sorry to have learned of Carter's passing Sammy. He will definitely be missed by all Red Heads. May all the memories that you have and his family have help to bring comfort to all at this most difficult time. R.I.P. Carter!!!!!

JamiefromKS's picture

RED love and Condolences to you Sammy and to Carter's entire family, and his friends.
RIP Carter.

Caboraybo's picture

Sorry For Your Loss Sammy... RIP Carter

jenniferc043's picture

So sorry for your loss, Sammy. Peace to you and Carter's friends and family.

RIRedrocker's picture

SO sorry for your loss! My condolences to all Carters family & friends...may you find peace in this time of loss & sadness.

KLRed's picture

Sammy, may looking back in memory help comfort you tomorrow. My prayers to Carter's family and yours.

me's picture

so sorry for the loss of your friend Sammy...

CaboWaboGuy's picture

The music industry has lost a great leader! Sorry for your loss Sammy!
Doug aka "Cabo Wabo Guy"