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Johnny Carroll
Background information
Birth nameJohn Lewis Carrell
Born(1937-10-23)October 23, 1937
Cleburne, Texas
OriginGodley, Texas
DiedJanuary 13, 1995(1995-01-13) (aged 57)
Dallas, Texas
GenresRock and Roll
Occupation(s)Singer, Guitarist
Years active1956 - 1985
LabelsDecca Records, Sun Records, Warner Bros. Records

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
"Wild Wild Women" / "Corrine, Corrine"
"Hot Rock" / "Crazy Crazy Lovin'"
1957 "That’s the Way I Love" / "I'll Wait" Phillips International
1959 "The Swing" / "Bandstand Doll" Warner Bros. Records
"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
  • "Gene Vincent Rock" (or "The Black Leather Rebel") – (1974)
  • "Rock, Baby, Rock It" – (Sun Records, 1975)
  • Texabilly – (Rollin' Rock, 1977)
  • First Time All Over Again (with Judy Lindsey) – (Gypsy Records, 1980)
  • "The Telephone Man" (with Judy Lindsey) – (Merit Records, 1982)
  • "Rattle My Bones" – (Seville Records, 1983)
  • Still Satin Sheets (with Judy Lindsey) – (Gypsy Records, 1983)
  • Screamin' Demon Heatwave (feat. Judy Lindsey) – (Seville Records, 1983)
  • Crazy Hot Rock – (Charly Records, 1985)
  • Shades of Vincent (with Judy Lindsey) – (Charly Records, 1986)


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