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'O Brother' Soundtrack Singer James Carter Dies

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'O Brother' Soundtrack Singer James Carter Dies

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'O Brother' Soundtrack Singer James Carter Dies

'O Brother' Soundtrack Singer James Carter Dies

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James Carter, the lead singer of "Po' Lazarus," the opening song on the Grammy award-winning soundtrack to O Brother, Where Art Thou?, died Nov. 26. He was 77. Folk music collector Alan Lomax recorded Carter singing "Po' Lazarus" in 1959, while the latter worked on a chain gang at the Mississippi State Penitentiary in Parchman. NPR's Bob Edward has a remembrance.