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1972  Carlo turned professional, much to the disappointment of his mother and father.

 

He played guitar in various groups, locally 'The Cheaters, 'The Dickins Faces', The Four R's and 'The Threepenny Piece' and in 1973 was 'spotted',  by Keith Potger of the New Seekers fame, who was reforming 'The Springfields' later to be called 'Springfield Revival'  and was offered the role of lead singer.

 

Carlo reluctantly declined the offer and in 1974 was asked to join the hit recording artists 'Paper Lace' (as guitarist and lead singer).  At first he declined the offer but finally was persuaded to join.

 

Hits from the group include 'Billy Don't Be A Hero' and 'The night chicago died', 'The black eyed boys' and 'Hitchin' a Ride '74'. All four songs were worldwide hits. Carlo has appeared on various pop programmes including BBC 'Top of the pops'.

 

He has met many top stars and one of his most memorable moments was appearing with Mama Cass at the London Palladium and The Royal Variety Command Performance.

 

Carlo left Paper Lace in 1976 to go solo. Voted No.1 male vocalist (1977 - 1978) "National Club Awards by "Club Mirror".

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