"THAT'S THE WAY I LOVE"
Composer: - Johnny Carroll
Publisher: - B.M.I. - Knox Music
Matrix number: - P 307 - Master (2:34)
- June 23, 1957
Cliff Herring Studio, Forth Worth, Texas
- September 1958
First appearance: - Phillips International (S) 78/45rpm standard single PI 3520-A mono
THAT'S THE WAY I LOVE / I'LL WAIT
Reissued: - 1997 Bear Family Records (CD) 500/200rpm
BCD 15805 DI-3-9 mono digital
THE SUN SINGLES COLLECTION - VOLUME 5
Name (Or. No. Of Instruments)
Johnny Carroll - Vocal and
Bill Bunton - Bass
Jones - Drums
Jay Salam - Guitar
Hennen – Piano
Given the rich talent pool on his
doorstep in Memphis, it is surprising that Sam Phillips saw fit to sign Texas resident Johnny Lewis Carroll, and its still not entirely clear how or why Carroll made their way onto Phillips' new Phillips International label. Sam Phillips would have been aware
of Carroll because he had been on Decca in 1956 and he'd covered "Rock And Roll Ruby". Carroll had also appeared in a sub-B movie called "Rock Baby, Rock It" with another Sun artist, Rosco Gordon. To that point, he had been involved with a Dallas promoter,
J.G. Tiger (aka Jack Goldman), and after they fell out he worked the Louisiana Hayride with Scotty and Bill, who had recently quit Elvis. Apparently, it was Bill Black who suggested to Carroll that he contact Sam Phillips, and Phillips bought a four-song session
that Carroll had recorded in Fort Worth. This single was issued from those tapes.
Johnny Carroll has an interesting story about Phillips International that may or may not be true. This is the way he related it to Bill Millar: "I flew to Memphis 'cause Sam wanted to talk to me. He said he was gonna start this
new label and spend a tremendous amount of money on it. He said that Phillips the electronic company were planning on coming to the USA, and - provided he established his label with one or two hits - they'd have to buy him out. He said, 'You can go ahead and
be released on Sun, or you can wait a couple of months and go on Phillips International. I'm gonna release five discs in one package and whichever one the jockeys start playing, I'm gonna put everything behind that one record and go with it as hard as I can.
'So I took my chances and went on Phillips International. You know the rest; the jockeys picked up on "Raunchy'". Sam Phillips eventually folded Phillips International in 1963, ceding rights to Philips BV in Holland, so perhaps Carroll's story is not so far-fetched.
Back to the record. The vocal riff on "That's The Way I Love" owes a considerable
debt to the Cadillacs' Speedoo, and there's a case to be made for saying that Carroll borrowed more than a vocal lick or two. The stop-line release was also lifted almost note-for-note from "Speedoo". Its a cinch that Sam Phillips knew nothing of the New York
doo wop scene or he wouldn't have touched these sides with a ten foot pole. In the unlikely event they had sold or received northern airplay, Phillips International would have been approached by New York lawyers bearing writs rather than Dutchmen
bearing cheques. Carroll went on to become a fan favorite in Europe in the 1970s and beyond, and many were saddened to hear of his death in February 1995 following a liver transplant. (HD) (CE)