Bob Carroll

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Baritone Bob Carroll sang and recorded with Charlie Barnet in 1940 and 1941. In sum­mer 1942, he was fea­tured on Meredith Willson’s ra­dio pro­gram, a re­place­ment for Fibber McGee and Molly dur­ing the sea­sonal hia­tus. He also recorded with Gordon Jenkins and David Rose that year and made a soundie, Tenement Symphony,” for RCM.

When the Willson show ended in September 1942, Carroll found him­self go­ing into the Army Air Force. While in the ser­vice, he sang with Glenn Miller’s AAF band in 1943, be­ing heard on their weekly re­cruit­ment broad­casts while they were sta­tioned in New Haven, Connecticut.

Upon his dis­charge in April 1946, Carroll joined Jimmy Dorseys out­fit, re­plac­ing Buddy Hughes. The sign­ing was of mu­tual ben­e­fit for the two per­form­ers. Carroll needed a name out­let to re-es­tab­lish him­self, and Dorsey, whose was strug­gling at that time, needed a strong vo­cal­ist. Carroll re­mained with the or­ches­tra, record­ing of­ten, un­til late 1947 when he left to go solo, sign­ing with Decca in December. He made the night­club cir­cuit and per­formed on ra­dio through­out the rest of the 1940s.

In early 1949, Carroll recorded on the Taylee la­bel, backed by or­gan soloist Joanne Lee, and in mid-1949 he sang for Kay Kyser, record­ing sev­eral num­bers with the Ol’ Professor. He recorded with Gordon Jenkins again in 1951 and then with Tutti Camarata. In 1952, he re­leased solo ma­te­r­ial on the Comet la­bel, switch­ing to Derby by year’s end. 1953 proved to be his ban­ner year as a record­ing artist, how­ever, when one of his Derby num­bers, Say It With Your Heart,” be­came a pop­u­lar hit and his most suc­cess­ful song.

Carroll be­gan to work in tele­vi­sion dur­ing the late 1940s, ap­pear­ing on mul­ti­ple pro­grams in dra­matic roles into the 1960s. In 1951, he had his own weekly mu­si­cal show on NBC, and in early 1954 he be­came a reg­u­lar on Fred Allen’s NBC tele­vi­sion pro­gram. In early 1955, WABC tapped him as male vo­cal­ist for their new day­time show. Carroll also ap­peared in sev­eral stage pro­duc­tions, most fa­mously as Tevye in the tour­ing com­pany for Fiddler on the Roof dur­ing the early 1970s.

Carroll con­tin­ued singing as well as act­ing up into the 1980s, record­ing for a va­ri­ety of mi­nor la­bels and mak­ing the night­club cir­cuit. He also sang with sev­eral pops or­ches­tras.

Bob Carroll passed away, age 76, in 1994 af­ter a long ill­ness.


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  • I Hear a Rhapsody
    Charlie Barnet (Bob Carroll), Bluebird (1940)
  • Isola Bella (That Little Swiss Isle)
    Charlie Barnet (Bob Carroll), Bluebird (1940)
  • I Can't Remember to Forget
    Charlie Barnet (Bob Carroll), Bluebird (1940)
  • Afraid to Say Hello (Since You Said Goodbye)
    Charlie Barnet (Bob Carroll), Bluebird (1941)
  • White Christmas
    Gordon Jenkins (Bob Carroll), Capitol (1942)
  • If I'm Lucky
    Jimmy Dorsey (Bob Carroll), Decca (1946)
  • The Language of Love
    Jimmy Dorsey (Bob Carroll), Decca (1946)
  • The Whole World Is Singing My Song
    Jimmy Dorsey (Bob Carroll), Decca (1946)
  • Quien Sabe? (Who Knows?)
    Jimmy Dorsey (Bob Carroll and Dee Parker), MGM (1947)
  • Time After Time
    Jimmy Dorsey (Bob Carroll), MGM (1947)
  • Mission Bells and Wishin' Wells
    Kay Kyser (Bob Carroll), Columbia (1949)
  • So In Love
    Bob Carroll, Radio (1949)
  • Charmaine
    Gordon Jenkins (Bob Carroll), Decca (1951)
  • Where
    Bob Carroll, Derby (1952)
  • Say It With Your Heart
    Bob Carroll, Derby (1952)
  • As Long As I Have You
    Bob Carroll, Derby (1954)
  • Sway Quien Sera
    Bob Carroll, Derby (1954)

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