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April 02, 2012

The Cadillacs - Speedoo (1955)

Known as The Carnations at their start in 1953, this group released their first single, the widely covered “Gloria,” in 1954. A small hit for the group, it can be heard being sung by Billy Joel in “The River of Dreams,” near the end as the song fades out. The group has featured numerous members, numerous break-ups, and just as many reunions.

Released in 1955, this particular song was a narrative about, and sang by, their lead vocalist Earl “Speedoo” Carroll. It was a major progressive step forward in music as it played a large role in attracting white audiences to black rock and roll music. Important in the emergence of “mainstream” rock and roll, it was this group’s largest hit and has sadly become little more than a footnote to the history of music.

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The Cadillacs - Speedoo (1955)

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Lyrics:

Well now, they often call me ‘Speedoo’
But my real name is ‘Mr. Earl’
Well now, they often call me ‘Speedoo’
But my real name is ‘Mr. Earl’
I’m known for meetin' brand new fellas
And takin' other folkses’ girl

Well now, they often call me ‘Speedoo’
'Cause I don't believe in wastin' time
Well, they often call me ‘Speedoo’
'Cause I don't believe in wastin' time
Well, I've known some pretty women
And I taught them to change their mind

Well now, some may call me ‘Joe’
Some may call me ‘Moe’
Just remember ‘Speedoo’
He don't never take it slow

Well now, they often call me ‘Speedoo’
But my real name is ‘Mr. Earl’
Well now, they often call me ‘Speedoo’
But my real name is ‘Mr. Earl’

Well now, some may call me ‘Moe’
Some may call me ‘Joe’
Just remember ‘Speedoo’
He don't ever take it slow

Well now, they often call me ‘Speedoo’
But my real name is ‘Mr. Earl’
Well now, they often call me ‘Speedoo’
But my real name is ‘Mr. Earl’
And now they got to call me ‘Speedoo’
'til they call off makin' pretty girls

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