Carl Sally born in Columbus, Ohio in 1936 was raised on the Westside by his grandmother, Virginia Ingram in a part of Columbus known as the Bottoms. Today it is known as the historical birthplace of the city of Columbus and is called Franklinton. Even though his father was not in the home he was a caring and devoted man. Carl attended Franklinton Elementary School where he started playing music in the fourth grade at the tender age of 10 years old.
At the age of 12, Carl, won six awards in music and was on his way to a bright future as a musician. Carl, at this time, was introduced to the famous, Lionel Hampton, by former Columbus mayor and governor, James A. Rhodes. All this occurred while he attended Starling Junior High School. Carl won a first place trophy in the All Boys Club Talent Contest. It was presented to him by the comedian and actor, Bob Hope. This had a profound effect on him and caused him to create his first band in high school were they performed for his graduating class.