David Carroll (musician)

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David Carroll
Birth nameRodell Walter Schreier
Also known asNook Schreier
Born(1913-10-15)October 15, 1913
Taylorville, Illinois, U.S.
DiedMarch 22, 2008(2008-03-22) (aged 94)
San Jose, California, U.S.
GenresEasy listening
Occupation(s)Musical director

David Carroll (October 15, 1913 – March 22, 2008) was an American studio arranger, conductor, and musical director.


Carroll was born in Taylorville, Illinois. He wrote and recorded many songs of his own, played by musicians such as Tiny Hill, Bobby Christian, Earl Backus, Mike Simpson, Sarah Vaughan, Vic Damone and Patti Page. While Carroll was musical director at Mercury Records (1951 to early 1960s), Quincy Jones composed some songs for him.[1]

In his later years, Carroll was associated with the Smothers Brothers. He at first traveled with them as their conductor. Later he became general music director and then general manager of the organization. In the latter post he managed television and movie appearances, recordings, publishing interests and personal appearances.[2]

Carroll had two hit versions of "Melody of Love" in 1955, one, an instrumental (peaked at No. 8 on the Billboard Hot 100), the other featuring a narration by Paul Tremaine. He is also credited with writing the advertising jingle for American Family Insurance in 1965.[3]

Carroll died in San Jose, California at the age of 94.[4]


  1. ^ "David Carroll Biography". Space Age Musicmaker. Retrieved 25 June 2016.
  2. ^ "David Carroll's Biography". Smothers Brothers. Retrieved 23 July 2013.
  3. ^ "Ditties for the Decades". Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. 15 October 2005.
  4. ^ Sengstock, Charles A., Jr. (August 2008). "David Carroll Dies: Arranger, Mercury Records Conductor, and A&R Chief" (PDF). Intermezzo. Chicago Federation of Musicians. 68 (7): 11.

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