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 Earl “Speedo” Carroll

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Earl “Speedo” Carroll

  • Birth 2 Nov 1937 New York, USA
  • Death 25 Nov 2012 New York, USA
  • Burial Unknown
  • Memorial ID 101330189

Singer. Carroll was the lead singer of the 1950s doo-wop group, The Cadillacs, which he co-founded. Their hits included "Gloria", "You Are", "Wishing Well", "My Girlfriend", "Peek-a-Boo", a jive-inspired version of "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer" and "Speedo" which was titled after Carroll's nickname. In 1959, The Cadillacs appeared in the movie "Go Johnny Go," where they performed "Please Mr. Johnson" and "Jay Walker". In 1961, he joined a rival group, The Coasters, and in 1966 they signed with Columbia Records and had a minor chart entry with "Love Potion No. 9," a song that Leiber and Stoller had written for the Coasters but instead gave to The Clovers in 1959. He performed with them for 20 years before reuniting with the Cadillacs for a car commercial. Carroll, who had been in a nursing home, died from a stroke brought on by diabetes.

Bio by: Louis du Mort


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  • Maintained by: Find A Grave
  • Originally Created by: Louis du Mort
  • Added: 26 Nov 2012
  • Find A Grave Memorial 101330189
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Earl “Speedo” Carroll (2 Nov 1937–25 Nov 2012), Find A Grave Memorial no. 101330189, ; Maintained by Find A Grave (contributor 8) Unknown.