Johnny Carroll (18th April, 1941) was born in Balsall Heath, Birmingham. Johnny Carroll started his show business career as a singer in The Dogpool Hotel, Birmingham. His first band was called The Dakotas, they changed their name to The Olympics and then The Vogues.
Johnny Carroll went solo in 1967 performing in the popular working men’s club around the West Midlands. He entered the TV talent program Opportunity Knocks which led to him gaining national popularity.
He next achieved major national recognition when he won the New Faces talent show in 1974. This led to a lot more work and ultimately to a regular spot on the ground breaking program The Comedians in 1981-1982.
He then went back to national tours which included Pontins holiday camps and national theater’s. After a while his career hit a downward spiral when he went through a very devastating divorce. He later opened up a used car sales business, but still toured to help subsidize his car business.
He briefly left show business to concentrate on the car business because that business was giving him more time with the family. He had a nervous breakdown in 2003 doing too much and he retired making only very brief appearances for promoters who were friends.
In 2012 he decided to go out more to the local clubs around Birmingham watching bands and other acts. During this period promoters started asking Johnny Carroll to do charity work which he was only too pleased to help out.
On 15th March, 2013 he will be going back to The Dogpool Hotel to help out on Red Nose Day and their Harlem Shake marathon attempt.