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Robert Fontenot

In the Spotlight: The Cadillacs

By December 13, 2012

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"Gloria" and especially "Speedoo" made them doo-wop's first flashy stars, but The Cadillacs were even better than that -- so good Alan Freed championed them, though the cutthroat vagaries of the business soon stopped the both of them cold. Yet recently deceased lead singer Earl Carroll soon found a job he found just as rewarding... and the vocal groups of the '60s built their acts on his impressive legacy. Read all about the music and career of the Cadillacs in my latest profile.

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December 17, 2012 at 5:39 pm
(1) slaughton says:

What is surprising is that the Cadillacs still haven’t been nominated or inducted into the RRHOF yet. What’s sad is that they probably never will, just as many others won’t from that era.

From what I have read, Carroll was very modest, and no one even knew that he was once the lead singer of the Cadillacs and other groups at one time. It wasn’t until one of the teachers or administrators heard him sing as he worked, and put two and two together, that Carroll finally admitted who he was in his former life. That lead to him resurrecting the Cadillacs and touring for another 25 years.

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