Born: Florence, AL

Country, Rock Songwriter

Source: Alabama Music Hall of Fame


One final point before we move on to the more widely-known activity at Quinvy during the second part of 1967. In addition to his 1965 RCA country-pop duet with Bruce Gist, Carroll Quillen also had a 1966 solo 45 on Pacemaker 751 produced for him by Penn and Oldham, featuring the self-written “She Wasn’t Born Yesterday” coupled with Dan and Spooner’s “From Where I Stand”.  He went on to co-write “It’s A Long Walk Down” with Eddie Hinton and then to co-pen “Milk And Honey” with Grady Smith for the Hinton-produced group Bleus (recorded on Amy 11038 in 1968) before Cher included Quillen and Smith’s “Please Don’t Tell Me” on her ‘3614 Jackson Highway’ LP (the first album ever to be cut at Muscle Shoals Sound in 1969). As we have already noted, Carroll Quillen was still alive in April 2010 when he was a pallbearer at his friend, Bruce Gist’s funeral.

w.c. quillen glory childW.C. Quillen (Wilbert Carroll Quillen) was indeed Carroll Quillen who, in addition to recording religious material at Quinvy in 1971, also earlier cut the two sides of his Quinvy 7005 1970 release there. However we should not confuse this Carroll Quillen with the Rev. W.C. Quillen who was Wilbert Carrell (with an ‘e’ not an ‘o’) Quillen, a local Alabaman preacher who was born in Florence on 11 September 1913 but passed away after several heart attacks on 27 January 1981. I am not aware that he ever recorded any music and you will see from our correct information above that Carroll Quillen was still alive in April 2010. Incidentally, there is also no question that Carroll Quillen might have been the son of the preacher, as the late Reverend’s only three children were all girls.

Source: Sir Shambling's Deep Soul Heaven

More Info:

Carroll Quillen Single Discography: http://www.geocities.jp/hideki_wtnb/carroll-q45.html

Songs of Quillen and Smith: http://www.geocities.jp/hideki_wtnb/quillen-smith-songs.html

Video: YouTube - Bruce and Carroll - When I Leave Love

Video: Bruce And Carroll - Her And Him  


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