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Earl "Speedo" Carroll
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Birth: Nov. 2, 1937
New York, USA
Death: Nov. 25, 2012
New York, USA

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) 
Created by: Louis du Mort
Record added: Nov 26, 2012
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Earl Speedo Carroll
Added by: Louis du Mort
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