Arlie Neaville

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Arlie Neaville
Also known asDean Carter
BornChampaign, Illinois, United States
Occupation(s)Singer, musician
Years active1960s
Associated actsArlie Miller, Kookie Cook

Arlie Neaville (a.k.a. Dean Carter) is an American gospel singer and songwriter who has been active in music since the early 1960s.[1] For several years during the 1960s he recorded and performed as Dean Carter, specializing in rockabilly and soul influenced garage rock displayed in songs such as "Rebel Woman" and a version of "Jailhouse Rock", but in the early 1970s he switched to gospel, which has been his style ever since.[1][2]


Neaville was born in Champaign, Illinois, and began playing rockabilly in the late 1950s.[1] He recorded under his real name on the Ping label between in 1961 and on Fraternity Records in 1962–1963.[1] In 1964, he began to record as Dean Carter on the Limelight label, where he released the single, *"Sixteen Tones" b/w "The Lucky One".[1][3][4] That year, he and Arlie Miller, a member of his backing band, the Lucky Ones, started a home studio in Danville, Illinois.[1] They also ran the Milky Way label, which released music by Carter and others.[1][2] There, Carter recorded a string of singles: "Number One Girl" (1965), "The Rockin Bandit" (1965) and "Run Rabbit Run" (1967), as well as the record for which he is best known, "Jailhouse Rock" b/w "Rebel Woman" in 1967.[1][3][5][4] Carter's version of "Jailhouse Rock", featured the odd sounds of walkie talkie beeps, overdriven guitars, augmented with a ukulele, accordion, dobro, and clarinet.[1][5]

In the late 1960s, Carter moved to the Washington State on the West Coast and recorded a couple of singles with Gene Vincent and guitarist Jerry Merritt on Merritt's Tell International label.[1] For International, Carter released the single "Mary Sue" b/w "Wandering Soul".[1][3][4] He returned to the Midwest at the end of the decade to resume recording with Miller, and went back to billing himself as Arlie Neaville.[1] In the early 1970s, he switched to gospel music, which has been his style ever since.[1][6][7][8] In the early-to-mid 1970s he released the singles, "Brighter Days" b/w "Don't Throw Any Stones" and "Sweet Side of Life".[3][4]

In the intervening years, Neaville's music has come to the attention of music enthusiasts, particularly his recordings made in the 1960s as Dean Carter.[5] His collected recordings as Dean Carter were issued on the Call of the Wild anthology, released in 2002 by Big Beat Records.[5][2] The song "Rebel Woman" has appeared on Pebbles, Volume 6, Chicago Part 1 and Best of Pebbles, Volume One.[9][10]


As Arlie Neaville[edit]

  • "Angel Love" b/w "River of Life" (Ping 8001, 1961)
  • "Alone on a Star" b/w "The Skip" (Fraternity F-900, 1962)
  • "Drink My Wine" b/w "Tawney" (Tell International 45-378, 1969)
  • "Brighter Days" b/w "Don't Throw Any Stones" (Fraternity F 1202, 1973)
  • "Sweet Side of Life" b/w "In God We Trust" (Shout N Shine IRDA 143, 1975)

As Dean Carter[edit]

  • "Sixteen Tones" b/w "The Lucky One" (Limelight Y-3019, 1964)
  • "Number One Girl" b/w "Fever" (Milky Way MW-003, 1965)
  • "The Rockin Bandit" b/w "Care" (Milky Way MW-004, 1965)
  • "Run Rabbit Run" b/w "Soul Feelin'" (Milky Way MW-011, 1967)
  • "Jailhouse Rock" b/w "Rebel Woman" (Milky Way MW-011, 1967)
  • "Mary Sue" b/w "Wandering Soul" (Tell International 369, October 1967)
  • "Good Side of My Mind" bw/ "Do I Need a Reason" (Tell International 45-373, 1968)

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m Unterberger, Richie. "Dean Carter: Artist Biography". AlMusic. Retrieved December 25, 2016.
  2. ^ a b c "Dean Carter—Jailhouse Rock/Rebel Woman". Unsung. Retrieved December 26, 2016.
  3. ^ a b c d "Dean Carter – Discography". 45cat. Retrieved December 26, 2016.
  4. ^ a b c d "Dean Carter (2)". Discogs. Retrieved December 26, 2016.
  5. ^ a b c d Unterberger, Richie. "Dean Carter – Call of the Wild". AllMusic. Retrieved December 25, 2016.
  6. ^ Rev. Frost (September 24, 2008). "Dean Carter". Reverend Frost. Retrieved December 25, 2016.
  7. ^ Mancuso, Tony. "Getting Personal: Singer-Songwriter Arlie Neaville". The News-Gazette. Retrieved December 25, 2016.
  8. ^ "Arlie Neaville". Christian Music. Retrieved December 25, 2016.
  9. ^ "Various – Pebbles Volume 6: Chicago 1". Discogs. Retrieved December 26, 2016.
  10. ^ "Various – The Essential Pebbles Collection – Volume One". Discogs. Retrieved December 26, 2016.