Bernadette Carroll

Laughing On The Outside

Though not a household name, Bernadette Carroll is one of the more successful teen vocalists of the girl group era. She charted as a member of the Angels, as a solo act, and as a for-hire backup singer, performing on at least two #1 hits, selling over a million copies of each. You’ve heard her voice, whether you know it or not. Her early ’60s work with Hazlet, New Jersey, producer Tommy Falcone resulted in a handful of singles for the Cleopatra and Julia labels, including the syrupy ballad Laughing on the Outside (Crying on the Inside) and the upbeat dancer Heavenly. Laughing was buried in a New Jersey basement until Numero pulled it from obscurity for last year’s End of the F***ing World for Netflix, which garnered the track five million streams in its first three months. Bernadette Carroll will be featured prominently on Teen Expo: The Cleopatra Label and Basement Beehive: The Girl Group Underground, both due this fall.