June Carroll

June Carroll (1917 – May 16, 2004) was an American lyricist, singer and actress.

Born June Sillman in Detroit, Michigan, Carroll appeared in the Broadway musical New Faces of 1952, introducing the now-standard Guess Who I Saw Today, by Elise Boyd and Murray Grand, as well as two songs that she wrote with Arthur Siegel, "Penny Candy" and "Love is a Simple Thing". The Sauter-Finegan Orchestra recorded "Love is a Simple Thing."

She and Siegel also wrote "Monotonous," introduced by Eartha Kitt in the show. It became one of her signature songs.

She was the sister of the Broadway producer Leonard Sillman, who produced New Faces of 1952, and the wife of Sidney Carroll, the screenwriter. She had four children, including composer Steve Reich from her first marriage, in 1935, to Leonard Reich, and Jonathan Carroll and David Carroll, American authors, from her second marriage, in 1940.

Carroll died from complications of Parkinson's disease in Los Angeles at the age of 86.

Birth and Death Data: Born 1917 (Detroit), Died May 19, 2004 (Los Angeles)

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1934 - 1940

Roles Represented in DAHR: lyricist, songwriter

Notes: Sometimes listed on Victor disc labels as June Sillman.

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Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Victor BS-82304 10-in. 4/10/1934 Music in my heart Henry King Orchestra ; Joseph Sudy Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo lyricist  
Victor BS-101803 10-in. 5/12/1936 Tonight's the night Ruby Newman ; Rainbow Room Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo lyricist  
Victor BS-021174 10-in. 3/16/1938 Rinka tinka man Bunny Berigan Orchestra ; Gail Reese Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo songwriter  
Victor BS-058267 10-in. 12/17/1940 How did it get so late, so early Bea Wain Female vocal solo, with jazz/dance band lyricist  


Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Carroll, June," accessed December 6, 2023, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/110140.

Carroll, June. (2023). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved December 6, 2023, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/110140.

"Carroll, June." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2023. Web. 6 December 2023.

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