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Carol Deene

Carol Deene

Carol Deene (born Carole Carver; 3 August 1944)[1][2] is an English pop singer and radio host who achieved success in the early 1960s.

Carol Deene
Background information
Birth nameCarole Carver
Born (1944-08-03) 3 August 1944
Thurnscoe, West Riding of Yorkshire, England
Occupation(s)Singer, radio host, radio station manager
Years active1960sā€“1970s


Early career

After appearing on Joan Regan's BBC TV programme Be My Guest in 1961,[3] at the age of 16, Deene was signed to the HMV label. She scored her first chart hit in late 1961, and three Top 40 hits on the UK Singles Chart in 1962.


Deene's first hit was "Sad Movies (Make Me Cry)", a number 44 entry on the UK chart in October 1961.[1] The song was a cover of a US hit written by John D. Loudermilk and originally performed by pop/country singer Sue Thompson; this was a formula repeated for Deene's second hit, "Norman", which reached number 24 in January 1962.

In a different mould, Deene covered Joanie Somers' US chart hit "Johnny Get Angry" for her third single, and saw it reach number 32 in July that year. Deene's fourth single, "Some People" (the title theme of the film of the same name) hit number 25 in August.[1] Her fifth single reverted to the pattern of her first two, being a cover of a US hit written by John D. Loudermilk and originally performed by Sue Thompson: "James (Hold The Ladder Steady)" reached number 29 and 39 on the NME and Melody Maker charts respectively, although it missed the Record Retailer chart (which has since become the listing used by the Official Charts Company). In 1962, Deene briefly hosted her own show on Radio Luxembourg.[4]

She achieved no further hits after 1962, but despite a serious car accident in 1966,[4] Deene continued to record throughout the 1960s and into 1970, regularly touring the northern clubs. After another car crash in 1974,[4] she recorded only sporadically for a number of labels until the late 1970s.[3] It was later reported that Deene lived in Spain, where she was managing a radio station with her husband.[4]

In January 1997, Diamond Records released a compilation album of Deene's work, entitled Johnny Get Angry. It featured all her recordings for HMV and Columbia.[5]

Single discography

YearRecord catalogue numberTitleB-sideUK Singles Chart[1]
1961 HMV POP922"Sad Movies (Make Me Cry)""Don't Forget"44
1962 HMV POP973"Norman""On The Outside Looking In"24
HMV POP1027"Johnny Get Angry""Somebody's Smiling (While I'm Crying)"32
HMV POP1058"Some People""Kissin'"25
HMV POP1086"James (Hold The Ladder Steady)""It Happened Last Night"-
1963 HMV POP1123"Growin' Up""Let Me Do It My Way"-
HMV POP1200"I Want To Stay Here""Oh Oh Oh Willie"-
1964 HMV POP1275"Who's Been Sleeping in My Bed?""Love is Wonderful"-
HMV POP1337"Hard To Say Goodnight""The Very First Kiss"-
1965 HMV POP1405"Most People Do""I Can't Forget Someone Like You"-
Columbia DB7743"He Just Don't Know""Up in the Penthouse"-
1966 Columbia DB7890"Dancing in Your Eyes""Please Don't Be Unfaithful Again"-
1967 Columbia DB8107"Love Not Have I""Time"-
1968 CBS 3206"When He Wants A Woman""I'm Not Crying"-
1969 Conquest CXT102"One More Chance""Invisible Tears"-
1970 Pye Records 7N45008"A Windmill in Old Amsterdam""Little Mr. Baggy Breeches"-
1979 Koala Records KOA 101"Angel in Your Arms""Oh Babe"-
Koala Records KOA 102"Nativity Song""The Sun Ain't Gonna Shine"-
RIM Records RIM 003"Ready for the Times To Get Better""It's So Easy"-


  1. Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 147. ISBN 1-904994-10-5.
  2. "Carol Deene". IMDb. Retrieved 6 February 2013.
  3. Larkin C., Virgin Encyclopedia of Sixties Music, (Muze UK Ltd, 1997), ISBN 0-7535-0149-X, p. 148
  4. "Carol Deene". 3 August 1944. Retrieved 7 February 2013.
  5. "Johnny Get Angry ā€“ Carol Deene : Songs, Reviews, Credits, Awards". AllMusic. 16 January 1997. Retrieved 7 February 2013.
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