Carol Celeste Parks (born Carol Celeste Carmichael; November 30, 1949 – October 21, 2010) was an American singer and composer.
She was featured as backing vocalist on several popular songs of the 1970s including “Desiderata“, “It Never Rains in Southern California“, “Undercover Angel“, “Rock Me Gently“, “The Goodbye Girl“, “Little Green Apples“, “Train of Thought“, “The Night the Lights Went Out in Georgia” and “Delta Dawn“. During the mid-70s, she joined up with David Gates, founder member of the band Bread, and became his backing singer for a number of his solo tours, alongside her future husband. Together, they also supported the reunited Bread during their 1978 tour of the UK, although the 1978 UK TV special featured Parks singing from off stage.
Under the aliases “Honey White and the Night Man,” “Kim Carmichael,” and “Carol Carmichael,” she recorded two albumsSongs My Father Taught Me, The Carol Carmichael Songbook, and two singles, “All Night’s Alright”, “Shake A Hand”. She also recorded two albums Chitty Chitty Bang Bang and Touring The Motor City, plus a single “Summertime Love” with The New Christy Minstrels. Additionally, Parks sang main titles for Where’s Poppa? (1970), Save the Tiger (1973), Teenager (1974), Lifeguard (1976), and the television showIronside, as well as all of the songs from The Care Bears Movie II: A New Generation. She also sang for some of the Christian albums produced by her father.
Parks recorded “The Persuader” on the first automated recording console invented by George Massenburg at The Complex in the early eighties.