Johnny Carroll

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Johnny Carroll
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Background information
Birth name John Lewis Carrell
Born (1937-10-23)October 23, 1937
Cleburne, Texas
Origin Godley, Texas
Died January 13, 1995(1995-01-13) (aged 57)
Dallas, Texas
Genres Rock and Roll
Occupation(s) Singer, Guitarist
Years active 1956 - 1985
Labels Decca Records, Sun Records, Warner Bros. Records
Notable instruments

Johnny Carroll (October 23, 1937 – January 13, 1995) was an American rockabilly musician.


Born John Lewis Carrell (Carrell was printed incorrectly as Carroll on the record label), Carroll began recording for Decca Records in the middle of the 1950s. He released several singles, but none of them saw significant success, though they are now critically acclaimed.[1] His records were eclipsed by the success of other rockabilly and early rock & roll musicians such as Elvis Presley, Jerry Lee Lewis, and Johnny Cash.

His career ended toward the end of the 1950s, but he made a comeback in 1974 with a Gene Vincent tribute song. He continued to record well into the 1980s. For many years he was connected with the Cellar Club in Fort Worth, Texas and other Cellar Clubs around the state. He died of liver failure on January 13, 1995, and is buried in his hometown of Godley, Texas. In 1996 a 33-track reissue of his early recordings was released as Rock Baby Rock It: 1955-1960.


Early recordings
Year Title Record label
1956 Rock’n’Roll Ruby / Trying to Get to You Decca Records
1956 Wild Wild Women / Corrine, Corrine Decca Records
1956 Hot Rock / Crazy Crazy Lovin’ Decca Records
1957 That’s The Way I Love / I’ll Wait Phillips International
1959 The Swing / Bandstand Doll Warner Bros. Records
1959 Sugar / Lost Lost Without You
1960 Run Come See / Trudy WA Records
1962 Run Come See / The Sally Ann Duchess Records
1956 EP
  • Hot Rock
  • Corrine, Corrine
  • Crazy Crazy Lovin’
  • Wild Wild Women
Decca Records
  • Crazy Little Mama
  • Cut Out
  • Hearts of Stone
  • Love is a Merry-Go-Round
  • Sexy Ways
  • Stingy Thing
  • Why Cry
  • Be-Bop-A-Lula is Back on the Scene
  • Cat With the Skin
  • Lonesome Boy
  • Sugar Lips
not released
Later recordings