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Eric Carr (July 12, 1950 - November 24, 1991), born Paul Charles Caravello was an American musician, best known as the drummer for the rock band Kiss.

Following two albums that alienated many fans with their departure in style (1979’s Dynasty and 1980’s Unmasked), and a falling-out with Peter Criss over his substance abuse problems and unreliability, KISS held open auditions for a new drummer. Criss had not recorded an entire studio album with KISS since 1977’s Love Gun.

At the time of his audition, Paul Caravello was cleaning stoves for a living, while playing drums in a variety of bands. He was the last drummer to audition for the band and even asked Paul, Gene and Ace for autographs, believing he had little chance of being chosen. He was chosen and, after considering monikers such as Rusty Blades, he changed his name to Eric Carr upon joining the band. For his Kiss persona, Carr was first made up as “The Hawk,” which he didn’t like, and later adopted the persona of “The Fox”, with his makeup design reflecting the character.

Eric’s first album with the group was 1981’s Music From “The Elder”, which marked yet another departure for the band, in a mystical art-rock direction. His contribution to the album, “Under the Rose”, featured a Gregorian Chant-style chorus.

Carr is often cited by fans as a favorite among drummers in the band’s history, for his intense playing style and incredible timing, which was radically different from the soft-by-comparison jazz-influenced technique of Criss.

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