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Ralph Carney

, *1956 US, Akron, Ohio
Singer / Musician / Composer of Rock and Alternative

Ralph Carney (born January 23, 1956, Akron, Ohio, USA – died December 17, 2017, Portland, Oregon, USA) was an American singer, composer, and multi-instrumentalist. His primary instruments were saxophone and clarinet but he played many instruments, often unusual and obscure ones. Carney got his start as a professional musician as a founding member of the band Tin Huey. He had a long association with Tom Waits, and worked with a vast number of artists as a session musician, including: The B-52's, Marc Ribot, Jim White, Jonathan Richman, The Waitresses, and many others. Uncle of Patrick Carney, and Michael Carney. He recently finished recording an album in Portland, Oregon with an improv quintet named THMPR. Ralph Carney passed away on December 17, 2017 at the age of 61.

  • Vocals
  • Saxophone
  • Clarinet
  • Harmonica
  • Tenor sax
  • Rock
  • Alternative
  • Jazz
  • Pop
  • World
Popular Tracks   
Closet Bears on Soul Jazz Records Presents Punk 45: Burn, Rubber City, Burn - Akron, Ohio: Punk and the Decline of the Mid-West 1975-80 by Various Artists
Chant of the Weed on I like you by Ralph Carney
Fun House on I like you by Ralph Carney
I Like You on I like you by Ralph Carney
Written in my Dreams by W.C Williams on Holy Soul Jelly Roll by Allen Ginsberg
Far Oud on I like you by Ralph Carney
Bullroarer on Secret Language by David Coulter & Ralph Carney
Hawaiian Eye on I like you by Ralph Carney
Mile's Corner on I like you by Ralph Carney
Protractor Situation on Secret Language by David Coulter & Ralph Carney

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Band Members

Title Artist Year Type
BoJack's ThemePatrick Carney Feat. Ralph Carney2014Single
This Is! Ralph CarneyRalph Carney2003Album
I Like You (A Lot)Ralph Carney1999Album
Krelm / Backwards WerewolfRalph Carney1997Single
Ralph SoundsRalph Carney1997Album
Black PowerRalph Carney • Daved Hild • Kramer1994Album
Happiness Finally Came To ThemRalph Carney • Daved Hild • Kramer1987Album
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