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Carlo Ditta

Carlo Ditta, a singer-songwriter from New Orleans, gained recognition after winning the Best Gospel Song title at the American Song Festival in the 1970s with his composition "Pray." Starting a successful career as a record producer, the New Orleans native collaborated with soul singer Mighty Sam McClain in the studio to record the song, marking the beginning of a long and exceptionally fruitful career as a record producer.

 

Carlo persisted with his passion for songwriting and performing while spending time in Nashville, California, and New York City. Along the way, he worked with Dorothy Goodman, Willy DeVille, and Motown composer Nick Zesses. However, the allure of New Orleans persisted and convinced Ditta to return home. His primary focus became producing records for underappreciated Louisiana artists, resulting in his critically acclaimed Orleans Records. 

 

Carlo is a highly successful music producer who has contributed to many acclaimed albums. One of his notable works is the production of the iconic Danny Barker album Ham & Eggs. Another significant achievement was receiving a Grammy nomination for his work on Guitar Slim Jr.'s Story of My Life. Willy DeVille's Victory Mixture album, which Carlo produced, earned a Gold Record in France. Additionally, he made records for Virgin Records by Marva Wright and Lenny McDaniels before scoring with a series of Orleans Records, featuring overlooked artists such as Roland Stone, the Original Pinstripe Brass Band, Ironing Board Sam, Coco Robicheaux, Little Freddie King, and the soulful Rockie Charles, who is known as "The President of Soul." 

 

As the record industry began to decline, Carlo turned to his guitar, singing, and songwriting, sharing his life experiences through his original compositions and the New Orleans R&B repertoire that shaped his musical outlook. He is now a seasoned stage performer regularly featured at nightclubs and festivals and often in concert alongside his longtime friend, the internationally acclaimed poet John Sinclair.

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Carlo Ditta
Hungry For Love

Hungry for Love / A Gypsy Woman Told Me / La Muchacha Cha Cha / Agnes English / Working So Hard for My Baby's Love / Pass the Hatchet / Life In Heaven /

I'm Here To Get My Baby Out of Jail / It's Up to You / The House of the Rising Sun

Originally Released: May 3, 2019 _______________________________________________________ Coming soon...

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Carlo Ditta
What I'm Talkin' About

What I'm Talkin' About / Go On Fool / As the World Turns /

Beating Like A Tom Tom / Pretty Acres / Tell It Like It Is / Try A Little Love /

I'm Leaving You / Walk That Walk / Many Rivers To Cross

Originally Released: November 2014 _______________________________________________________ Carlo Ditta - Vocals & Guitar Chris Lacinak - Drums on Tracks 1, 4, 6 & 10; Percussion on “Beating Like a Tom Tom,” Fender Rhodes on “Many Rivers to Cross” Chewy “Thunderfoot” Black - Drums on Tracks 3, 5 & 7 Anthony Donaldo - Drums on Tracks 2 & 8-9 Vernon Rome - Bass on “What I’m Talkin’ About” David Hyde - Bass on Tracks 2-7 & 10 Earl Stanley - Bass on “I’m Leaving You” Robert Snow - Bass on “Walk That Walk” Steve Allen - Baritone Sax on Tracks 1 & 5; Tenor Sax on Tracks 2-3, 5-6, 8 & 10; Alto Sax on “Pretty Acres”; Flute on “What I’m Talking’ About” Charlie Miller - Trumpet & Piano on “Go On Fool”; Flute on “Tell It Like It Is” Ruby Moon - Background Vocals on “As the World Turns” David Rebeck - Accordion on “As the World Turns” Andrew Bernard - Farfisa 345VIP on “Beating Like a Tom Tom”; Baritone Sax on “Walk That Walk” Vic Larocca - Solo Guitar on “Pretty Acres”; Slide Guitar on “Try a Little Love” Billy Gregory - Lead Guitar on Tracks 8 & 10 Rick Stelma - Wurlitzer Electric Piano on “Walk That Walk” Produced by Carlo Ditta All songs written by Carlo Ditta & published by Attid Music Co., ASCAP except as noted: “Go On Fool” written by Dave Bartholomew & Dorothy Ester, published by EMI UNART BMI “Beating Like A Tom Tom” written by Ernie K-Do aka Ernest Kador Jr., published by K DO Music, BMI “Tell It Like It Is” written by George Davis & Lee Diamond, published by Arc Music/MJones/Olrap BMI “I’m Leaving You” written by Floyd Huddleston, published by Popoosa Music ASCAP “Many Rivers to Cross” written by Jimmy Cliff aka James Chambers, published by Universal Songs BMI Recorded deep down in Louisiana close to New Orleans way back up in the woods among the evergreens at Orleans Records & On Cue Studios Engineers: Carlo Ditta, Allen Poupart, Chris Lacinak Edits on “Pretty Acres” by Tim Stambaugh Mastered by David Farrell Photographs by Carlo Ditta in New Orleans on Decatur St. & the Ninth Ward way before the storm Color photograph by Andy Levin Package layout by Steve Winn DEDICATED TO THE MEMORY OF COSIMO MATASSA APRIL 13, 1926 - SEPTEMBER 11, 2014

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Carlo Ditta
Try a Little Love / Pray

Try a Little Love / Pray

Originally Released: June 29, 2010 _______________________________________________________ Coming soon...

Carlo Ditta
Pass the Hatchet [Alt Mix] / Life in Heaven

Pass the Hatchet [Alt Mix] / Life in Heaven

Originally Released: July 27, 2018 _______________________________________________________ Coming soon...

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