Hopelessly In Love
Thompson was born in England and is of Jamaican descent. She undertook classical piano training on the piano and sang in school and church choirs as a girl, but initially studied for a career in pharmacy.She began working as a backing singer at several recording studios after auditioning for Frank Farian’s Sugar Cane group.
Eventually, singer/songwriter Thompson embarked on a solo career, with early successes in the shape of Lovers rock singles “I’m So Sorry” (produced by the now London-based Leonard Chin) and “Simply In Love” both self written topping the reggae chart in 1981, the same year seeing the release of her independent debut album ‘Hopelessly in love’ selling over a million copies worldwide. She won two GLR Reggae Awards in 1982, for Best Female Performer and Best Song (for “Hopelessly In Love”). In 1983, she won further awards, again winning Best Female Performer at the GLR awards. She also recorded duets with Sugar Minott (“Make It With You”) and Trevor Walters (“Love Won’t Let Us Wait”), as well as continuing with regular solo reggae chart hits.
Thompson opted to join the Sheffield-based jazz-funk aggregation Floy Joy in 1984 where she featured on one album and scored two minor hits with the soul ballad “Until You Come Back to Me” (#91 UK pop) and “Operator” (#86 UK pop). In 1987 she duetted with Aztec Camera’s Roddy Frame on the song “One and One” from the album Love.
Following Floy Joy, her releases dwindled reviving in 1990 when she provided lead vocals on a version of Diana Ross’s “I’m Still Waiting”, recorded with Aswad and Courtney Pine, which was a UK Singles Chart hit. She also enjoyed chart hits that year with Movement 98’s “Joy & Heartbreak” and “Sunrise”. In 1992, her “Let the Music Play” was included on the Oscar/Grammy nominated and BAFTA winner soundtrack to the film The Crying Game, and in 1993, she worked with Neil “Mad Profesor” Fraser on the album The Other Side Of Love. Carroll is married to Radio 5 Live presenter Dotun Adebayo.
In 2018, Thompson recorded an album of Phyllis Dillon songs as a tribute to the late singer, set for release in 2019.
- I’m So Sorry
- No You Don’t Know
- Sing Me A Love Song
- Mr. Cool
- Simply In Love
- When We Are As One
- What Colour?
- Hopelessly In Love
- Arranged By – Carroll Thompson
- Arranged By, Bass – Elroy Bailey
- Arranged By, Percussion – Cleveland Watkiss
- Arranged By, Rhythm Guitar, Lead Guitar – Alan Weeks
- Drums – Jah Bunny
- Electric Piano [Fendier Rhodes] – Noel Salmon
- Mixed By, Engineer – Mike Stevenson*
- Percussion, Drums – Desmond Mahoney
- Photography By – Des Bailey
- Producer – C & B Productions
- Synthesizer – Chris Hedges
- Trumpet – Vin Gordon
Thompson has worked as a session singer with Michael Jackson, Stevie Wonder, Natalie Cole, Pet Shop Boys, Robbie Williams, Boy George, Maxi Priest, Sting, Billy Ocean, Chaka Khan, Aswad and M People. Composer for documentaries Comedy Central US. Channel 4. Musical director/ composer Babymother the movie. She is also the co-founder (with Adebayo) of Colourtelly, Britain’s first black interest internet TV station.
Originally released in 1981, the same year as Louisa Mark’s equally classic debut album, Breakout, these two albums became acknowledged reggae classics almost overnight, and the benchmarks on which all other Lovers Rock albums were measures.
Thompson had enjoyed early success with the Leonard Chin-produced singles I’m So Sorry and Simply In Love, which rose to the top of the reggae charts in 1981. The same year Thompson released the album Hopelessly in Love, through her own production company. The cover design, featuring a classic snapshot of Thompson sitting on a car bonnet in Harlesden, north-west London, came to epitomise Lovers Rock style and attitude.
The album itself was a huge commercial success at the time of release with worldwide sales of over half a million copies. It is released here in full original artwork and tracklisting.