After singing in various school functions, local groups, and Pepe Callahan's Mexican-Irish band, Carr
began her professional musical career in earnest in the early '60s. Her solo debut was in Reno, supported by the Chuck Leonard Quartet
, which led to a record contract with Liberty. While not gathering much attention in the U.S., her first single ("He's a Rebel") was a hit in Australia and led to numerous television appearances, and a spell as a regular on The Ray Anthony Show. In the late '60s, Carr
scored three Top 40 hits, including the number three "It Must Be Him." Her American sales dwindled in the beginning of the '70s. With the release of her 1980 album, Vikki Carr y el Amor
gained enormous success in the Latin music world. In 1991, Carr
won a Best Latin Pop Album Grammy for her Cosas del Amor
. Reta Manda y Provoca
followed in 1998, and the next year saw the release of Memories Memorias.