Native New Yorker Carl Allocco’s style which has been described as early 60’s pop and 70’s acoustic, with the lyrical intensity of Dylan. Evocative of the Beatles (with a voice reminiscent of John Lennon), Carl’s musical career was launched in the early 80’s with the pop band Dreamer, and then in the late 80’s with the band Carl and the Passion.
Managed in the 80’s first by Tommy Mottola (Sony Records), then by Camille Barbone (Madonna) during the early 90’s, Carl has played and recorded with such musical notables as The Ramones, Rich Hilton (Nile Rodgers), Rick Danko (The Band), Russell Javors and Richie Cannata (Billy Joel), Scott Baggett (Jeffrey Steele, Al Anderson), Reeves Gabrel (David Bowie, Tin Machine), and Tom Dube (Aimee Mann).
Carl recorded his first solo CD, ‘Gray’, independently in Nashville under the pseudonym Charlie Dog. “Somebody Like You,” off of ‘Gray‘, finished at the top of the 1999 John Lennon Songwriting Contest. Carl has brought his raw, honest stage presence to live venues throughout the north and southeast.
Carl’s second independent release, ‘Goodbye Charlie Dog‘ includes the inspirational track “Living.” He traveled to Holland, reflecting and writing under the Van Gogh sky until his move to Nashville in 2003. ‘Pure and Simple‘ offers a collection of songs written in Nashville.
While Carl continues to write, record and perform his own music, since 1996 he has been a prolific songwriter with the Songs of Love Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to using music to lift the spirits of children with life-threatening illnesses. Carl has written over 4000 songs for children through Songs of Love. Additional information about Songs of Love, including how to make a donation to allow more childrens’ lives to be touched by music, can be found at www.songsoflove.org.