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Andrea Carroll – Pop Princess to P.H.D.

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Andrea Hill. PhD. is an accomplished psychotherapist, actress, singer and acting coach living incarrollandreajp1.jpg Los Angeles. She has combined her experience into a delightful book of advice and information directed to those who are in or around the creative world of entertainment.

The entertainment world is familiar to Andrea. As a child, she was well known to Cleveland television audiences as Andrea Carroll where she was a regular on the long running “Gene Carroll” Show. Later she played a singer on the daytime serial “Somerset”. In the sixties she signed a recording contract with Epic Records and later Big Top, RCA, and United Artists. She had eight local hits, including “Please Don’t Talk To The Lifeguard” which hit NUMBER ONE on the WHK Fabulous Fifty Tunedex. At only sixteen, with backing vocals by the Chiffons, Andrea hit the Hot 100 in 1963 with “Why Am I So Shy”. During that time of her life, she had the exceptional experience of touring nationally with such stars as Elvis Presley, Stevie Wonder and Bob Hope.

Today, Andrea Hill, Ph.D., MFT., along with husband, former television producer Lyle B Hill, own the nationally renowned acting school Weist-Barron-Hill, located in Burbank, California. Dr. Hill is also a licensed clinical therapist with a specialty working with people in the entertainment industry from beginners to movie stars. She lives in Calabasas, California

I’ve had the good fortune to interview Andrea for a previous “Innocent Age” show. Ironically, on a show dedicated to Lenny Welch, I discovered that Lenny attended a two week “acting in commercials” class taught by Andrea and her husband Lyle.

Making It In The Business, is a special compilation of letters originally written for a major dramaticAndrea Carroll Hill magazine. It is Dr. Hill’s unique and compassionate communication with her reader that makes this book so compelling a read. Everyone wants to “Make It!” in the arts and in life. The real challenge is how to stay sane while doing it! Dr. Hill is in session with every reader sharing her vast experience on every page.

This book explores those deep emotional elements linking all artists. It should resonate with readers who have the courage to take a close look at themselves and the world around them. Find out more about her book: Making It In The Business

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  1. Sierra Carroll

    June 23, 2008 at 5:28 am

    Hello Andrea,

    I am the grandaughter of Gene Carroll, although I only saw him maybe once or twice when I was just a toddler I have always been fascinated with him, his radio shows and talent shows. I would love to be able to see some of his work and maybe even contact Helen Olsen if she is still alive.

    Thank you and I hope to hear from you soon.

    Sierra Jean Carroll

     
  2. Andrea Carroll Hill

    June 23, 2008 at 10:12 pm

    Hi Sierra,

    I was amazed to hear from you. I will be happy to tell you everything I know about Gene and I would love to hear whatever you know about his life before he married Helen.

     
    • Sierra Carroll

      November 6, 2009 at 5:16 pm

      Andrea,

      Sorry it took over a year to get back with you. As I mentioned before I am Gene Carroll’s grandaughter. He was married to Mary Guay, and they had three children, one of which was my father Eugene Carroll (deceased), Judy (deceased) and Teresa (still alive). I would like to know if he had any other children. According to history he’d been married three times and was hoping I had some other relatives out there.
      If you have any pictures or videos of my grandfather I would sure like to see them.
      I would love to hear from you again.
      Thank-You,
      Sierra Jean Carroll

       
      • Mary Jean Nicholson

        November 4, 2013 at 3:14 pm

        Dear Andrea and Sierra Carroll,

        Mary Guay was my Grandfather (Julius Guay’s) sister. My Father was Harold Guay. My email is mryjean9@gmail.com

        Andrea can you relay this to Sierra? I would love to talk to her.
        Thank-you,
        Mary jean Guay Nicholson

         
      • Chuck Benjamin

        November 4, 2013 at 3:46 pm

        Mary Jean… I have passed your posting on to Sierra Carroll… her email address is (as far as I know)…

        keatley@roadrunner.com

        Best of luck…

        Chuck Benjamin TUNEDEX MEMORIES

        24/7 50′s & 60′s Internet Radio at: http://songsyoushouldhaveheard.com

        Get a signature like this. CLICK HERE.

         
      • Chuck Benjamin

        November 4, 2013 at 3:50 pm

        Sorry… the email I sent to Sierra was invalid… we’ll have to wait for her (hopefully) to read the post and respond…

        Andrea reads my blog sporadically and responds when she can… she has been in contact with Sierra… let me know if don’t hear anything in a month or so and I’ll contact Andrea to see if she has a more updated email address for Sierra…

        Chuck Benjamin TUNEDEX MEMORIES

        24/7 50′s & 60′s Internet Radio at: http://songsyoushouldhaveheard.com

        Get a signature like this. CLICK HERE.

         
    • Leslie Guzik

      March 10, 2013 at 12:33 pm

      Hello Andrea!
      I am just shy of being seventy years old and I am not too savvy on the computer so I do not know if this will ever be read by you. If my memory serves me correctly did you once live on West 49th Street off Memphis Avenue? I seem to remember all the talk about you being on the Gene Carroll Show and I saw you a few times and it was somewhat exciting to have you living in the neighborhood. I remember Gene for his “Uncle Jake’s House” program of which I was a loyal fan. And after Uncle Jake was over Dorothy Fuldheim came on with the news and I always thought “Wow, she is a smart lady!” I send my best wishes to you and your family and it has been nice reminiscing about the “Good Old Days”.
      I see that you went to Valley Forge High School. I went to Rhodes High School in Cleveland and after I graduated my dad and mom moved to Moore Drive in Parma off York Road and Valley Forge was just a block north from us.

      Sincerely, Les Guzik

       
  3. Tracy Brown

    October 1, 2008 at 11:16 pm

    Hi,
    I think I remember meeting you. Did you go to Rocky River High? Were you in my sisters class? Lathie Brown-’67?

    I went on to play drums and sing for over 40 years. I was in Sonny Geraci and Climax in ’71 when we had our big hit. Still sit in now and then. Played in over 30 bands back in the day.

    Write if you’re who I think you are. Thanks,

    Tracy Brown

     
    • Andrea Hill

      September 13, 2009 at 8:38 pm

      Hi Tracy,

      Sorry for the very late response. I went to Valley Forge High School.
      I remember Sonny Geraci and how great his group was. If you ever see him, will you tell him that I said hello? Are you still singing?
      Andrea

       
  4. Rita

    October 6, 2008 at 3:33 am

    I have a black and white photo of you that my “best friend” at the time gave me. We were probably in about the fifth grade. She is your cousin, and for the life of me I cannot remember her name. I have pictures and drive by her old house but the name from that many years ago won’t come to me. I wished we had kept in touch. She and her family lived in our little PA town of Shippenville for a short time, before moving to Pompano Beach, FL. I now live on Marco Island in Floride and would like to contact her and see what direction her life took. We listened to “Please don’t talk to the Lifeguard” over and over and I still remember all the words and kept that picture of you all these years. She and I would put on little talent shows at the local Clarion VFW where her parents were members. We always sang your songs.

     
    • Andrea Hill

      September 13, 2009 at 8:36 pm

      Hi Rita,

      I’ve actually only recently become aware of this web site, so I apologize for not getting back to you sooner. I do remember you (or someone else) contacting me about a cousin, but my only cousin is a guy so I can’t help you there.

      Even though my husband and I have vacationed in Florida many times, we have never gone to Marco Island and I am very curious about it. I’m sure it must be beautiful.

      Wish you all the best.
      Andrea

       
  5. Bill Emery

    November 3, 2008 at 10:35 pm

    Hi!
    My wife, Cheryl Puzder now Emery, danced on the Gene Carroll show fo 6 years in the early 60′s (The Three Steps)and mentions you with fondness everytime they play one of your songs. Looking at this web-site has brought back many fond memories. I once made contact with Don Webster, at channel 5, to see if there were any tapings of the Gene Carroll show at the station, He was unable to locate any. I was wondering if you had any idea where I could find some. I would love to surprise her be able to show our son. Thank you!
    Bill Emery

     
  6. Beverly (Mathe) Stegal

    March 19, 2009 at 11:25 am

    Andrea….you look wonderful..I always wondered what happened to you…We are having our class reunion on Sept 12th…I have heard from so many old friends..Everytime I smell Youth dew perfume I think of you…drop me a line if you get this …bevbill2615@aol.com xxx000 Beverly

     
    • Andrea Hill

      September 13, 2009 at 8:17 pm

      Hi Beverly,

      I tried contacting you several months ago. I remember you so well and have thought about you many times over the years. Plaase let me know what you’re doing these days. Are you living in Ohio?
      Love,
      Andrea

       
  7. Barbara Weiss

    May 6, 2009 at 8:43 am

    Does anyone know of and have any idea what happened to Terry Marinan I think his stage name was Terry Richards

     
    • Andrea Hill

      September 13, 2009 at 8:23 pm

      Hi Barbara,

      We hear from Terry a few times a year. His hard rock group won an grammy back in the 70′s but then they were all killed in a plane crash. Terry was the only one not on that plane. He spent over 20 years singing in Vegas and now has retired to Montana.
      Andrea

       
      • Willy Falk

        April 16, 2014 at 11:49 am

        Hi Andrea,

        My name is Willy Falk. Terry and I were good friends, but I lost track of him after I went into the service and Vietnam.

        He used to use my gold Corvette often and I believe that it was also used for the show The Jet Set. with you and Terry riding in it.

        I’ve tried to find him over the years, but to no avail until now. Do you know how I may contact him!

        Best regards,

        Willy

         
    • Matthew Hoffman

      February 27, 2014 at 7:56 am

      Just met him today. He is in a lot of pain and not looking well. He is still here in Vegas at a care facility. Was able to get his spirit up and spend a small amount of quality time with him.

       
      • Andrea hill

        February 27, 2014 at 2:26 pm

        hello Mathew, I have been trying to contact Terry on his cell, with no luck. I know he is very ill and wants to hear from me. Can you tell me which care facility he is in ?

        Andrea

         
  8. Jim Barker

    May 13, 2009 at 10:55 am

    Hi Andrea! As a young DJ, and a big fan of yours,(and a friend of Mr. Cooper) I was once your “Lifeguard” in downtown Canton, and escorted you in a white convertible to Meyers Lake Park. I made several visits to the tv studio, and had lunch with you and your dad after one of the shows. I still play your songs on my radio show, and would love to interview you on one of my shows. Ironically, I just intervied Jill Colucci last week….she’s appearing at her couisin’s restaurant in Massillon. I’m so happy to hear that you’re doing fine, and that all is well with you. My email address is jkmusicexpress@yahoo.com Blessings Jumpin’ Jim Barker

     
    • Andrea Hill

      September 13, 2009 at 8:26 pm

      Hi Jim,

      It was great to hear from you. Those were really fun days, weren’t they? I still visit Cleveland twice a year to see family.

       
  9. Debbie Watson

    June 4, 2009 at 12:50 am

    I am astounded. I was such a fan when you were on Gene Carroll. I even invited you to one of my birthday parties. You of course didn’t come but I carried that “Andreagram” around for months.
    Thank you for those childhood memories!
    Debbie Watson

     
    • Andrea Hill

      September 13, 2009 at 8:28 pm

      Hi Debbie,

      It was so nice to hear from you. I still have such wonderful memories of the Gene Carroll show and I really appreciate the fact that you watched. Thank you very much for contacting me.
      Andrea

       
  10. Wayne in Texas.

    September 11, 2009 at 9:57 am

    Andrea you and your music are loved and remembered everyday in Youtube. I have recently discovered: “Why Am I So Shy,” which is just a gem. Your wonderful “teenage angst,” delivery along with The Chiffons backing just make this tune unforgettable!!!
    Many thanks and may God Bless!!! We are fortunate to have your star shining so brightly during our lifetime!
    Wayne in Texas.

     
    • Andrea Hill

      September 13, 2009 at 8:31 pm

      Hi Wayne,

      Oh my gosh, you found “So Shy”!!! I liked that one too and loved the Chiffons in the background. Thank you for your very touching comments. When did you leave Ohio for Texas?
      Andrea

       
    • eddie

      February 10, 2010 at 7:59 pm

      Hi Andrea , So Shy is my favourite song by you too…. It’s amazing , by the way , do you know who wasthe three pennies? they covered that song too.

      Eddie , spain

       
  11. Andrea Carroll

    September 15, 2009 at 8:50 pm

    Hello Andrea,

    I grew up in Alliance, Ohio watching the Gene Carroll Show on Sunday afternoons. My mom loved your name so that she named me after you. My name is Andrea Carroll and I tell people all the time that I was named after a lady who sang on the Gene Carroll Show. And your married name is my mom’s maiden name. :) Glad to see that you’re doing well.

    God Bless,
    Andrea Carroll

     
  12. Bob Heine

    September 22, 2009 at 9:39 pm

    While surfing the internet for some old “Rock and Roll,”I was surprised to come across a familiar face from my past.What a great moment. You are still Parkhill’s most famous resident. Andrea, my twin brother, Jim, and I were always big fans of yours. I was really unaware of all your wonderful accomplishments. (Brother Don, Jim, and I all entered the service in 1966) Anyone who ever met you must have realized you were driven and would make the necessary sacrifices to “make it.” You really are a big part of my Parkhill Dr. memories.The very best to you!! Your neighbor, Bob Heine

     
    • Wendy Culver

      January 1, 2011 at 1:18 pm

      Hi
      I was looking up Andrea on the ‘net because I heard her on XM. I too lived on Parkhill Drive and the 50′s playing with all my friends in the neighborhood was the best. And to have someone so famous living across the street was really special. I remember another neighbor, Leslie, winning a dog because of a “Spoolie” commercial. Andrea, was that your show? Bob, say hi to you brothers, especially Ricky and Billy :-)

       
  13. Jan ( Kuhar) Fazio

    October 16, 2009 at 1:18 pm

    Seeing your name in the class reunion info reminded me of a memory I wanted to share with you.
    In the early 60′s my girlfriend and I were walking home from the PH pool when a couple of guys started following us and would not leave us alone. When we spotted your house we ran over and knocked on your door. Your dad invited us in, calmed us down and then walked us the rest of the way home. He was so sweet and we were so grateful.
    Glad to hear you are doing so well.

     
  14. greg hoff

    October 24, 2009 at 8:56 am

    I was looking through You Tube the other day and found an eight minute special on channel 5′s
    50th yr. anniversary and it had a clip of you performing the Doolang on Gene carrols show.
    What a great memory and I now know why I had such a big crush on you in the early 60′s(as did most guys in cleveland) Glad you have been so successful. I picked up a cd of your greatest hits
    a few months ago(off of Amazon.com I think) lots of memories on that cd.
    As a side note I worked with Ray Saporita (spelling?)in the early 70′s at the May Company
    downtown. It was interesting talking to him about Gene Carroll and the show.
    God Bless and Good Luck

    Greg

     
  15. Ted Castor

    October 24, 2009 at 11:15 pm

    Andrea:

    Attended the 45th VFHS class reunion in Sept. after missing the 30th,35th & 40th. Joann and I were chatting about the “necking parties” at your home and your DAD opening a closet door when I was with someone and saying excuse me! Those certainly were the days of innocence.

    Just retired from Time Warner Cable in June and have a bed and breafast in Baltimore, Ohio. We will be moving to Parma Heights in November and am looking forward to those cold, snowy wintery days and nights of Cleveland!

    Congratulations on your PH D and making it work in CA.

    You and your husband are invited to our future home at 6668 Greenbriar Dr in PH whenever you visit Cleveland and we wish continued success.We would love to host a party in our future home and have you as our guest of honor.

    I did bring my Pearl Road pictures to the reunion and you were real cute with your pony tail, bobby socks and poodle skirt.

    Lastly the reunion was still a little strange as my first career was teaching and taught 12 years and 10 of them were at PV & coached tennis at VF.

    Take care of yourself as the years have been very good to you!

    Sincerely,

    Ted

     
  16. gary

    December 28, 2009 at 12:11 pm

    TO GRANDMA HILL, (ANDREA), JUST KIDDING, SINCE YOU ARE IN THE ENTERTAINMENT BIZ, HOW WOULD I GO ABOUT OBTAINING A CELEBRITY E-MAIL ADDRESS FOR……NANA MOUSKOURI….. SHE IS SURROUNDED BY FAN CLUBS, AGENTS, PUBLICISTS, LITERARY AGENTS, ETC, ABSOLUTELY WORSHIP HER SINGING TALENTS. CURRENTLY LIVING IN FORT LAUDERDALE, I CAN STILL SEE THE RESEMBLANCE IN YOUR CURRENT PHOTO, LIKE FINE WINE, GETTING BETTER WITH AGE WITHOUT THE CORK.

     
  17. Barry W. Scholles

    January 9, 2010 at 5:03 pm

    Hello Andrea-

    I have about 4 or 5 black and white photos of you performing on stage at about age 15 at Sill School Junior High (or possibly Cuyahoga Falls High School) in Cuyahoga Falls, OH. You invited a boy up onto the stage to sing to and my best buddy Bob Krueger hopped right up there. He is in one of the photos. I was taking photos for the school newspaper at the time.

    I would love to be able to send you copies via the internet.

    I and I’m sure a lot of northeastern Ohio people remember and really loved the old Gene Carroll Show. I e-mailed and got a response from Ray Saparita a couple of years ago. He remember said he was living in CA at the time.

    I have a good friend from my grade school days, Rita Warner whom I will often call “Reet” because I remember Gene calling Ray’s sister, Rita Saparita, “Reet” on the air.

    Please let me know how I can e-mail the photos to you.

    Thank you.

    Barry Scholles
    Strasburg, OH

     
  18. Madeline Loughrie

    February 2, 2010 at 4:21 pm

    Brilliant writing. You have won a recent fan. Please keep up the good posts and I look forward to more of your newsworthy updates.

     
  19. raymond m klun jr

    February 26, 2010 at 8:14 pm

    oh my LOrd so long ago- u probaly don’t remeber me – but i came and tried out for ur band years ago – when u lived in parma [drummer] – i don’t even remember -i think it was in the 60”s for sure – lol -i think the JOHNNY BANKS [group] gave u my name -and you were headed for copacabana- and though the job seemed fantastic i got cold feet-lol -well i played for like 35 years since then – and since took up guitar souly for my own pleasure – somethin to do while camping – i love it – my boss is from parma and they came out with a rap-parma song – and my thoughts drifted to you for some reason -and i just wanted to say hi how are ya – i see by this ur doin great – God Bless and keep on chooglin- just wanted to check up on you and say hi – Ray

     
    • Jeff Herzfeld

      March 1, 2010 at 2:57 am

      Andrea,

      Saw you many times on Gene Carroll. Have several of your singles,including It Hurts to be Sixteen.Lived in Burbank for many years with my son,who was always trying to update his acting
      classes.Just never realized you were in LA area,or would have checked yours out.He ended up with
      Bobbi Shaw-Chance.
      Have you ever considered doing the Hollywood Show at the Burbank Mariott? Would love to have the chance to meet you,as I’m sure countless others would agree.

      Jeff

       
      • Andrea Hill

        March 1, 2010 at 10:42 pm

        Hi Jeff,

        What is the Hollywood Show? Do you still live in California? Our studio is in Burbank but haven’t heard of it. Did you grow up in Cleveland?
        Andrea

         
      • Jeff Herzfeld

        March 16, 2010 at 10:00 pm

        Andrea,

        First off,I did grow up in Cleveland,and eventually moved to LA in 2001.Circumstances forced me to move to Vegas in 2008,but I miss LA,and my goal is to move back sometime in the near future.I do visit several times a year,and also visit Cleveland every year,as so many of my friends still live there.

        As far as the Hollywood Show is concerned; its a Collectors show that’s put on 4 times a year at the Burbank Marriott(across from the Airport).They usually have approx: 80 or so Celebrities,including Television,Movies and Recordings.They sign autographs,and sell their pics,or CD’s,depending.People as diverse as Ernest Borgnine,to Joanie Sommers.I try to attend as many as I can,and thought maybe that might be something you’d be interested in.Went in Feb,and,as an example,met another recording artist you may know,Donna Loren,from Shindig/Beach Party Movies,and was the original Dr. Pepper girl-currently lives in Hawaii,and attended her 1st show.

        While you don’t know me,had I known you were in my old stomping grounds,knowing me,I might have tried to find a way to get to say hello,because of the Cleve. connection.I’m also past friends with Art Laboe of Original Sound on Sunset,so I got involved with their org. for awhile.

        Anyway,take care,and thanks for previously respnding to my note.Hope someday to meet you!

        Jeff

         
    • Andrea Hill

      March 1, 2010 at 10:37 pm

      Hi Ray,

      It was sooo nice to hear from you.
      I’m starting to hear from other musicians who have beautiful memories of the 60′s and all the music we made and all the fun we had. During the time you referred to when you tried out for our bad, I went on the road with 5 musicians and we sang and played for over a year – all over the country and Carribean. Finally, though, I decided to go back to college.
      It was great to hear from you.
      Andrea

       
  20. Blake Avenmarg

    March 15, 2010 at 4:26 pm

    Andrea,

    Although we have never met, we do have several connections. First, my mother, Bonnie McLain Avenmarg taught at Pearl Rd. School from 1949 until 1956 (the year I was born) then continued on for another 34 years at two other Parma Schools. Secondly, we both attended Pleasant Valley Jr. High and Valley Forge High School as well as Baldwin-Wallace College. Third, a friend of mine from my days as a fitness center owner also attended jr. high and high school with you. His name is Dick Cooper and he was a football player who also went to B-W, graduating in 1967. Your friend, Ted Castor was one of my teachers at Pleasant Valley, and his father Loren Castor was one of my high school math teachers.

    As I am sure you are aware, the Parma Schools have fallen on hard times financially , along with a lot of other school districts. I had the idea to raise money for the Music Dept. at Valley Forge by getting some old friends back together who had a band in the early- to-late 1970′s called “The Fabulous Brylcreams” and were all graduates of Valley Forge from 1971-77. We started off with the idea of doing a reunion concert and the idea has grown to include several other bands, some new, some old, and potentially one band you may be a little familiar with called “The Trolls” also all Valley Forge Graduates from the 1966-67 era.

    I’m sure you get requests all the time for help, and we are not asking you for money, but for any contribution or advice. If you happen to be coming back home this summer, the Concert is Saturday, July 24th, 2010 at the Cassidy (formerly Greenbrier) Theater in the Greenbrier Commons in Parma Heights. I know that you sent an audio greeting back in 2000 or 2001 when the Parma Chamber of Commerce did the Local Bands tribute at the Rib’n’Rock at Parmatown Mall. I was there and heard it over the P.A. system. Maybe you could do that for this event as well? Just something talking about the Parma Schools and how important they were to you…

    Thank you,

    Blake Avenmarg, Pleasant Valley Jr. High 1971, Valley Forge High School 1974.

     
  21. Andrea Hill

    March 28, 2010 at 11:23 pm

    Hi Blake,

    Somehow my messages are not getting to you. I would like to do a video or audio tape for the school if you think it would be helpful. Contact me and we’ll get it done!
    Andrea

     
  22. Denise Caruso

    April 3, 2010 at 8:07 pm

    Hello Andrea, I am very good friends with Sonny Geraci’s wife. I’ll tell him you said Hi. Also, I too graduated from VFHS, I moved back to PH just recently on my old street.

    What a small world. Remember watching the Gene Carroll show.

    Denise

     
  23. Andrea Hill

    April 5, 2010 at 4:35 pm

    Hi Denise,

    Can I get your private e mail address? I’d like to speak with you.

    Andrea

     
  24. jim hensley

    April 28, 2010 at 1:44 am

    Hi Andrea,

    It has been along time but you and I worked together with Terry Richards at For Leonard Wood Missouri. i have been in Las Vegas since 1974. Terry was recently in the hospital and is now out. I hope all is well with you and would love to hear from you.

    Jim Hensley

     
  25. Brett Adamec

    May 3, 2010 at 2:48 pm

    Hello All,

    Does anyone have a copy of the Gene Carroll show Episode with Terry Marinan singing to a girl on a swing? Please let me know, it would mean a great deal to me. Please contact me directly at badamec1@hotmail.com

    Thank you.
    Brett

     
    • Brett

      November 19, 2010 at 12:35 pm

      Im still looking for a copy of this episode. If anyone could get back to me i would really appreciate it.

      Thank you,
      Brett

       
  26. Denise Caruso

    May 9, 2010 at 12:30 pm

    Hi Andrea, here it is denimc@sbcglobal.net

     
  27. Will

    May 13, 2010 at 12:49 am

    Hi Dr Andrea, I used to watch Gene Carrol Giant Tiger show every Sunday after church in Warren,Ohio in which you appeared quite frequently. The name that always intrigued me from the show was Rita Saparita (sp) from Rocky River, and as fate would have it I lived in Rocky River for 2 years while working for United Airlines in later years. Anyway Im happy for your success and if I was living in your area would take advantage of your school for acting.I attended an acting class when I first moved to Fort Lee, NJ, while still employed by United. Have also taken an introductory 3 week class in Voice Overs at the HB Studios in the West Village in NYC. Anyway it is great to read about you and your successes!

     
  28. Rickie

    June 5, 2010 at 11:17 am

    Hi, Andrea! –

    I think I remember you from daytime TV! I recall you used to be married to a producer on “Another World”… something Hill… I think you may also have been on that show too… there was a character in the late 1960s — Muriel Burke — who was Alice Matthews’ roommate and sometimes confidante. I can’t recall if that was you. But I recall you bore a striking resemblance to another actress from that show, Carol Roux, who was also on “Somerset.”

    Anyhow, you’re still beautiful!

    Take care,

    Rickie

     
    • Andrea Hill

      June 17, 2010 at 12:06 am

      Hi Rickie,

      My husband, Lyle, is a retired TV producer. We lived in New York and I did work on one of his shows. Thanks for the lovely compliment.
      Andrea

       
  29. George Garcia

    June 14, 2010 at 10:24 am

    hello Andrea, I’m a young musician from Puerto Rico, I’m a composer and a singer, I’m producing my second album right now, recently I heard “i’ts hurts to be sixteen” and I loves it, I have played it about 15 times in 2 days, Althoug I didint live the 60′s, I think is was a beautyfull era, God blees you, share with me something funny or memorable that happen relate to that song, please, thank you,
    Jorge Garcia

     
    • Andrea Hill

      June 17, 2010 at 12:19 am

      Follow up – you asked for a funny story, although I thought it was anything but funny at the time. I was doing a concert in Atlanta with Stevie Wonder. There was no time to rehearse with the band so I just gave them my charts. Well, I sang “Sixteen, but they played another of my songs! I was only 16 and cried all night!

       
  30. Andrea Hill

    June 17, 2010 at 12:08 am

    Hi Jorge,

    I’m amazed that a young guy from Puerto Rico found the song. Of the songs that I recorded, “Sixteen” was my favorite too. I wish you the greatest success with your music career.
    Andrea

     
  31. Bob Toth

    August 21, 2010 at 10:30 pm

    I just attended a Benedictine High School 45th Reunion (Class of ’65) and our jock conversations turned to the 1962 Charity Game, which lost to St Ignatius. The name Chick Felice (’63 I believe) came up and then of course your name, so I Googled both out of curiosity. Nothing on Chick, but was amazed to find you and happy to see what you’ve done with your life. Thank God not all child stars (if I can call you that) follow the Gary Coleman path. Where did you get your degrees?

     
    • Andrea Hill

      August 27, 2010 at 9:54 pm

      Hi Bob,

      I remember going to those dances at Benedictine. And I remember you too. As for my degrees, BA at Baldwin Wallace, first Masters at Kent State, second Masters at California Graduate Institute and PhD at UCLA. As you can see I loved going to school!

      Do you still live in the Cleveland area? I’d like to hear about your life.

       
  32. larry

    August 27, 2010 at 6:17 pm

    what haPPEN TO YOU IN YEARS I HAVEN SEEN YOUR PHOTE NO MORE. DID YOU STOP SINGING I MISS YOUR GREAT SONGS I WISH YOUB WOULD COME BACK AND SING FOR US WE MISS YOU LARRY

     
  33. ray from one time way back

    August 27, 2010 at 7:19 pm

    lol bet if’n your like me you have songs going through your head all day long -as your talking to someone you hear a word and off to song land and then wonder what they were talking about lol – i do my best singing to the campfire just me and dog – and well!! someties someone comes up the trail and catches me lol-always keep a song in your heart

     
    • Andrea Hill

      August 27, 2010 at 9:50 pm

      I do that all the time, Ray.

       
  34. Tim Lones

    September 15, 2010 at 11:53 am

    Ms. Hill..

    I am a bit young to have remembered you in the Gene Carroll days,but from writing a Vintage Cleveland Radio/TV blog (linked above) the last several years, I have heard a lot of nice things about you from longtime fans..One thing I’ve learned from watching Cleveland TV over the years is that, if the people like you, they’ll be your fan forever..I am glad to see you are doing well.

     
  35. Tom Ford

    September 22, 2010 at 1:30 pm

    Hi, Andrea

    Back in the fities, I took dance and singing lessons at Gene’s studio on Euclid. Blanch on the piano for singing and Vince teaching tap. I was part of the tap-square dancing group with you that appeared weekly on The Farm Bureau Jamboree. It was great fun. I miss those chocolate sundaes that you could get at LaMar’s downstairs. Remember those?

    I’m happy that you are doing well. You look great, but you always did. You’ve been blessed and I hope that your blessings continue.

    Tom Ford

     
  36. ray

    September 22, 2010 at 10:19 pm

    smiles at all the sharing and caring i see on ur page -life is good-still dinkin with songs here lol i got obsessed with -the song”old man tucker” heheheh raising my kids i always sang three song while rockin them in the big BIG ole rocker – of course – :rock-a-bye baby-” – comming through the rye-and i gave my love a cherry – buit my son on facebook commented he only remembered a song about a guy and a pan lol bet i sang it once rofl -so now i’m into it 43 years later lol -i like learning sagas -oh boy anothe r chapter in me life -lol they make good camp fare songs don’t ya think? hope ur keepin’ ur bag of smiles full -Ray

     
  37. Denny Prochaska

    September 25, 2010 at 10:00 am

    nice to hear one of your songs it hurts to be sixteen on sirius 5….i was a friend of terry. your mom and dad picked up terry, his mom helen and i up a couple of times on sunday mornings so i could see the show in the studio. you look great.may god bless you and your family.

     
  38. Kathryn

    October 13, 2010 at 3:00 pm

    Hello,
    I am currently working as a research assistant for Professor Julie Malnig. She is in the midst of researching for a book about 50′s and 60′s dance TV shows, including the Gene Carroll Show. We would love to talk to you about your experiences if you are at all interested. It sounds like you have many stories to tell.
    Please contact me at kcenright@gmail.com. We would love to hear from you.
    Thanks for your time,
    Kate

     
  39. Norm Palider

    October 22, 2010 at 9:46 pm

    Andrea,

    I went to North Royalton HS. My friends brother dated Joan Downs(in 1964) and through him I met her sister Jeanne Downs.
    They lived on Boundary Lane near VF High School.
    We had a couple dates but never hit it off, she had mentioned that she was your locker partner at VF High.
    Is that true and do you remember her?
    It’s nice to hear you’ve had such a succsessful life.

    Thanks, Norm

     
  40. Jackie Krusina

    October 23, 2010 at 5:05 pm

    So glad to hear about what an interesting life you danced awake for yourself. I remember watching you every Sunday. You even sang at our Maple Heighs Junior High School dance. You still have the same beautiful smile. Thanks for the memories

     
    • ARLENE BUCCI

      January 10, 2011 at 3:45 pm

      I understand you went to Maple Heights High School. What years were you there? I was part of a singing group “The Three Heartbreakers” back then. Gene Carroll was our manager and I also attended Maple Heights High School but graduated in 1959. Have many good memories of the studio days and everyone there.

       
  41. Tim Lucas

    November 12, 2010 at 11:33 am

    Andrea,
    I was a VF grad too. Working in the business with various bands about 40 years coast to coast but now settled down back in Parma a stones throw from your old house. My writing partner and I were working Fla last week and your name came up so I had to do a search and here I am. QUESTION: Do you remember Cheryl Lynn (Biskup)? I think I remember you doing some duets with her. She is a close cousin who I haven’t seen for ages. I know she was touring quit a lot back in the early eighties. Just curious if you remember her. Thanks. I remember back then friends called you Andi.

    Tim

     
  42. ron mohon

    November 15, 2010 at 6:04 pm

    Andrea,Wow! Ran across your last name by accident that triggered my memory of you.Remembering sitting behind you in an 8th or 9th grad class,maybe pv or bu the vf…How in awe I was of OUR OWN AMERICAN IDOL huh….You’re still beautiful,hubby is a lucky man that you dont have to talk to the lifegurads any more….Conrats on the PHd…Would love to ever hear back from you as would anyone from our youth.Ron

     
  43. Stephanie

    December 15, 2010 at 9:25 pm

    I just discovered you today Andrea you have a nice voice I found your music through youtube.
    Stephanie

     
  44. Anita

    December 30, 2010 at 10:23 am

    I stumbled across this website today while home from work for the holidays. What a joyful surprize! I remember coming home from church each Sunday & watching the Gene Carroll Show as a young girl. This brings back very special, warm memories of an innocent era so far removed from the screwed up Britany Spears generation that it really makes me feel very nostalgic right now. I went to college at U.C.L.A. so I spent time in Burbank as well, but I am now living back in Twinsburg, Ohio where I grew up. If you ever are in Cleveland during the first weekend in August, be sure to visit Twinsburg for the Twins Days celebration. As Bob Hope would say, “Thanks for the memories,” Anita P.S. You would laugh to hear the reason why I was prompted to google your name today.

     
  45. Cheryl Parsh Scacco

    December 30, 2010 at 9:15 pm

    Wow, Andrea…….Memphis School…….bluebirds………you singing “Give My Regards to Broadway”………

    with Mary Graff and Tommy Repp, the four of us sitting at the same table because we were the shortest….

     
  46. Joe Culver

    January 1, 2011 at 2:16 pm

    Hi Andrea,
    I hope you saw Wendy’s reply to Bob Heine’s note. I remember you and most of the people on Parkhill Dr. I am a bit older, graduated from Parma High in 1960, but remember all the Heine boys and Ken Mehwald. You moved into a house that was previous owned by the Watsons and I dated Penny, who you probably never met. One night you came to our house looking for a record of Peter Gunn theme song. Maybe you were having a party. Wendy is very excited about hearing your old recording and finding this site.
    Joe Culver

     
  47. Greg Hoffert

    April 30, 2011 at 10:33 am

    For those of you interested if you go to wews.com which is the local TV station Andrea was on they have the 1973 Gene Carroll show in their video vault section.
    You have to watch it in parts but Andrea co hosts the show with Dom Webster
    Great clips

    greg

     
  48. Bob Perry

    June 5, 2011 at 10:00 pm

    Hey Andrea,
    I am currently watching an Oldies Performance on TV & for some reason thought of my days in Parma Heights. I went to Pleasant Valley Jr. High School at the same time you were there. I believe we were in a talent show, together, named “As Time Goes By”. I was Father Time (Emcee) for the last four months of the year for the show. I also played trumpet (1st chair) in the Marching Band, Concert Band & Orchestra. I went to the Canteens (Dance held twice a month) in the gym. I was not a good dancer so I played a lot of ping-pong in the girls (upper) gym. But I eventually learned to dance with more confidence. On well, as time goes by a person does reflect on memories. Hope you are doing well. I did not want to pass this opportunity to just say HI, again.

     
    • Andrea Hill

      June 8, 2011 at 10:59 pm

      Hi Bob, I remember those canteens very well – I couldn’t wait for the weekends to be there and dance every dance. It was nice to hear from you and hope you well, happy and healthy.
      Andrea

       
  49. ROBERT WISHNEK

    June 16, 2011 at 2:24 pm

    I REMEMBER YOU REALLY WELL TOO…
    YOU PLAYED IN SOUTH EUCLID BEXLEY PARK ONE YEAR IN THE EARLY – MID 60′S …WHERE I MYSELF GOT TO PLAY IN PUBLIC FOR THE FIRST TIME.
    I MET YOU BEFORE I WENT UP ON STAGE…I ALSO REMEMBER YOU AT THE WEWS STUDIO BEFORE I TOO WENT ON THE GENE CARROLL SHOW.
    NICE TO SEE YOU ARE WELL AND LIVING IN LA.

    BOB WISHNEK

     
  50. Maria Mariani Ackley

    June 26, 2011 at 2:05 pm

    Andrea,
    I am you cousin Maria and I’d love to hear from you. I live in the SF Bay area with my husband Jim, 2 new Aussie puppies and my angel grandaught Rainah – who spends a lot of time with us.

    I hope you are well and that you might give me a call sometime. If you email me I’ll send you my contact information.

    God Bless you cousin.
    Maria

     
  51. Maria Mariani Ackley

    June 26, 2011 at 3:06 pm

    Dear Andrea,

    I Sent you the wrong email address. My contact info is Maria.ackley2@sbcglobal.net. I hope to hear from you.
    Maria Mariani Ackley

     
  52. Michael Mariani

    June 26, 2011 at 5:10 pm

    Hi Andrea,

    This is your cousin Michael Mariani.

    I spoke with Maria this morning and we were discussing our fond memories of Cleveland and off course your name came up. So we both went on line and did a Google search and found this site. My gosh you look exactly the same. You are a beautiful woman and I can see by the sparkle in your eyes that you are equally as beautiful inside.

    I am thrilled that you continue to have such a fan and friend base of formidable size. The foundation you built still holds true. The wisdom you were and are blessed with proved it stood the test of time. We both hope to hear from you someday in the near future.

    Please tell Dana I said hello.

    May our heavenly Father continue to bless you always and in all ways.

     
  53. Stephanie

    September 24, 2011 at 11:12 pm

    I found you on youtube and I liked the song you did called the Doolang! I had never heard of you but I discovered you a few months ago and I must say your songs remind of of the young lady who did Navy Blue. Good luck in your endeavors you are an important part of the girl group genre, oh her name is Diane Renay,

     
  54. Andrea Hill

    September 26, 2011 at 10:31 pm

    Hi Stephanie, Thank you. I listened to the DooLang on You Tube after I received your message. Brought back some great memories. Nice to receive your note.

    Andrea

     
  55. Marsha Tamayo (nee Ehrhardt)

    November 1, 2011 at 4:34 pm

    Dear Andrea:

    I remember you too as you once dated my cousin, Carl (Chicki) Felice. I met you when we were around 14 years old (I can’t remember exactly when it was) at their pool. They lived on Pleasant Valley Road. I also beieve your real maiden name was something like DeCapita. Also, I believe you were a contestant for Miss Teen and had your picture in a magazine under that name (am I correct)?

     
  56. Ted A. Castor

    February 14, 2012 at 1:06 pm

    Andrea:

    Wanted to let you know Sue Carpenter passed away on 2/8 and her service will be on Sat 2/25. We just learned this Sunday 2/12 as Sue wanted no visitors other than family.

    Hope you get the announcements on VF from Carol Gross but if you don’t, send me your email and I’ll forward the info to you.

    Hope you and Lyle are doing well.

    We have 2 months left on the home rehab and are now living there. Still selling cable for RCH and primarily working the Cleveland market although Suzzy and I have been to Chicago, Terre Haute and Pittsburgh.

    Take care of yourself beach lady!

    Ted

     
  57. Andrea Hill

    March 7, 2012 at 10:04 pm

    Richard, I am deeply touched by your message and I thank you very much for sharing with me your story about the photo of me that has been saved all these years. I am honored that you consider it an important momento.

    I would like to know about your music career and where you live now.
    Andrea

     
  58. Sharon Daniels

    July 1, 2012 at 6:21 pm

    Dear Andrea,
    Today I was talking to a facebook friend from Cleveland and reminisced about the Gene Carroll Show. I looked your name up in a search engine. I was blown away to see your beautiful face, which is exactly how I remember the stunning Andrea Carroll who appeared on The Gene Carroll Show weekly in Cleveland! What a success story! Am I surprised? Only that I found you, but not about your success, because you started out successfully and you followed through. Very impressive. When I was a kid, before the Beatles were happening, I would wait to watch the show on Sunday and see you perform. I especially loved your huge hit, “Please Don’t Talk to the Lifeguard”. I used to sing it all the time! I wanted to appear on the show a few years later and sing a Beatle song “If I Fell” and “There’s a Place” with my friend who I harmonized with, but she was too chicken to go on the show, although I begged her, and I was too chicken to go it alone! By the way, do you ever hear about Ray Saporita? He was a heartthrob for me way back when he had his hit song “Hercules”…”OLYMPIA!” lol! I grew up in Cleveland Heights and graduated from Cleveland Heights High. Fast forward to the present. I’m the mother of three grown sons and am now a grandmother as well. I’ve been a comic/impressionist and singer for many years, based in South Florida. Stage name is Sharon Daniels. I have a stage show which I perform in theaters and do corporate work as well. I would love to meet you one day. I remember how excited I was so many years ago in Cleveland to see you in person when you made a public appearance. You were dazzling. I guess you could say I’m still a fan!
    All the best to you and yours!
    Sharon

     
  59. Gail Alley

    August 18, 2012 at 10:56 am

    Andrea, for some reason your name came to me in a dream last night. So I googled you. I knew you when you were still Andrea DeCapita. We used to walk to Memphis school together in the fourth grade. What a trip back down memory lane. I lived on 49th Street. I stayed in the area and graduated from Rhodes. I now live in NC near Fort Bragg. Watched the GC show every Sunday to see you. What a marvelous life you’ve carved for yourself. Great accomplishments! Do you ever perform in Cleveland? I visit every few years. Take care and keep on singing. Gail Wegener Alley

     
  60. Al

    September 10, 2012 at 12:13 am

    The Internet is amazing! I was listening to the 50s on 5 on Sirius Satellite Radio last week when I heard a song that was an old favorite of mine in Kansas growing up. I used to hang out at the radio station in our little town and worked there as a high school student, where I was also the music director. I made it a point to listen to every new release that came in, and one that was a particular favorite was this new song by someone I’d never heard of, Andrea Carroll, “It Hurts to Be Sixteen” (rata-tang-rata-tang-tutang-tutang). Very catchy, so it became a pick hit of the week. I Bing-ed the name “Andrea Carroll” and ended up reading all about Cleveland, a Sunday afternoon TV show, Big Top Records, etc. I heard it again tonight and Bing-ed “Andrea Carroll” again, and this website appeared. I don’t recall it showing up the first time I binged it.

    Anyway, I’m babbling on, but I did enjoy your song, and it should have been a huge national hit.

    Al in San Diego

     
  61. Ray August

    October 10, 2012 at 6:36 pm

    I was doing a little surfing the other night looking back at Cleveland, Euclid Beach, and C.T.S. web pages when I ran across links to this page. It has been a long time but I lived on the next street up from you and you walked your dog past my house. Funny how old memories just sort of pop up when they are least expected.

    Ray

     
    • Wendy Culver Selego

      October 11, 2012 at 8:43 am

      Dear Ray
      I lived on Parkhill Drive – I was out walking in the rain one day when the wind pulled me over with my umbrella. Your mother saw me and came out to help me and gave me milk and cookies. It is one of the strongest memories of my childhood. We lived in a great neighborhood, didn’t we?
      Wendy Culver

       
  62. Max Huber

    January 13, 2013 at 8:06 pm

    Hello Andrea, I’m another fan from Parma. I have a question about songs you sang or had hits with. Did you ever sing “itsy bitsy teeny weeny yellow polkadot bikini”?

     
    • Andrea Hill

      January 18, 2013 at 6:06 pm

      Did you receive my response?

       
      • Sharon Daniels

        January 18, 2013 at 6:15 pm

        Hi Andrea,
        I’m not sure that many of us did receive responses from you. I know I wrote back in July, but since then only saw other comments made by your fans.
        Just thought I’d mention that in case you weren’t getting all the emails on this blog.
        Thank you and all the best,
        Sharon Daniels

         
      • Max Huber

        January 18, 2013 at 8:47 pm

        Sorry, but no I didn’t receive any response from you. I’m looking forward to receiving it though.

        Regards,

        Max

         
  63. Denise Dalton

    March 13, 2013 at 8:39 pm

    I came to this site when I was looking up: Greenbrier Commons in Parma Hts. Ohio. I knew Andrea back when: I attended grade school in Brooklyn, Ohio and one year Andrea went to school there too: It might have been 8th grade. I was in the younger grades, but everybody watched the Gene Carroll show and everyone knew who she was.
    I remember at recess time on the playground, us kids would form a circle around Andrea, and we’d say: “Andrea, sing”. Well, she did!!!

     
  64. Georgann Otipoby Scott Ph.D.

    July 5, 2013 at 11:38 am

    Andrea,
    We were in England together in 1970 for summer school at University of London. We went with a group of students from all over the United States. It was so long ago, but I remember we had fun. I still have pictures of us when we visited Paris, Genève, and Rome. We haven’t changed a bit.
    Georgann

     
    • Andrea hill

      July 6, 2013 at 11:27 pm

      Georgann, I would love to talk to you about our time studying in Europe. I have such great memories of you and the whole experience. How can I reach you?
      Andrea

       
  65. Robert L. Taylor

    August 16, 2013 at 4:47 pm

    Andrea,
    I stumbled over this website, and there you were! I’ve had many good thoughts and memories of you, Liz Richards and the other folks in the basement of the Music and Speech building at Kent State back in 1969-70. I worked across the hall from your office in my job of editing and setting up the instructional videos for WKSU-TV on the Kent campus. You and Liz R. were graduate students at that time. Somewhere in my photos I have shots of you and Liz in that little dumpy office down there. I hope you remember Gary Sleeman and myself…we got you the cake with the “Please Don’t Talk to the Lifeguard” record label in icing on it when you were leaving for NYC and “Summerset”, and I still have the autographed photo you gave me. I retired from a career as a public school teacher, with KSU to thank for all of this!
    Take Care.
    Bob Taylor
    Don’t be too confused about the email address…it’s not my computer!

     
  66. AndreaHill

    August 29, 2013 at 8:20 pm

    Hi Bob, I remember you and those days at Kent State very well. Liz and I had a great time producing and hosting that campusTV show while we worked on our Masters Degrees. I haven’t spoken to her in many years bu tI heard that she was in radio in Florida. Do you know what she is doing? After leaving Kent State, I went straight to NewYork and met and married my husband,Lyle.
    You have had a great profession and now you can look forward a well deserved retirement.
    Sometimes I am unsure whether people are getting m yresponses. Will you let me know?

    Andrea

     
    • Robert L. Taylor

      August 30, 2013 at 4:35 pm

      Andi, (if don’t mind my using the short version of your name from back then). I have no info on Liz R., but I’ll see what I can turn up through some Cleveland contacts at WEWS-TV. If anybody could know, it’d be them. If and when I turn up info, shall I post it here, or do you want to contact me directly through eMail at my address, and dare to share yours with me?
      When was the last time you were back this way to see how Cleveland and NE Ohio, for that matter has and has not changed!? The city looks better than ever, though so many of the old and historic buildings are gone now. WEWS is still in the same ” new” studios they built in the late 50s. But, enough of the tourism! Hope you have been or can soon come back to see in person.
      Congratulations on your successes in life and career. People are always surprised to learn that I know you, ever so slightly, from ” way back then”. You still look great…wish I could say the same for myself, but then I never could anyhow!
      Hope to hear from you at your convenience. Best regards until that time.
      Sincerely ( somehow that’s odd to put on an eMail?),
      Bob Taylor

       

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