“Speedoo” Performed by The Cadillacs (1956)

April 12, 2010

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#3 R&B ; #17 Pop

“Speedoo” was the big hit for The Cadillacs, formed in Harlem New York and active from 1953 to 1962, and the song that cements their place forever in Doo-Wop history. If you have never heard this song you must have been living under that proverbial rock.  : ^)

The Cadillacs had regional success on the east coast with prior singles but “Speedoo,” composed by Esther Navarro,  became their breakout tune when they performed the song on an Alan Freed Rock and Roll show with their awesome choreography by Cholly Atkins (later of Motown notoriety).

I went to you tube looking for a clip of The Cadillacs performing “Speedo” from a few years back on one of those great PBS specials I saw,  but instead found this clip  –  Please Mr. Johnson 1958. It is great!

I had never seen it before or heard the song before and wanted to share.  Please enjoy and let me know what you think!

Musically Yours,

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1 Lyn April 14, 2010 at 3:56 pm

Great stuff, SonDan. I remember Speedo. I just didn’t realize that was the name of the song. I’d also heard “Please Mr. Johnson” before. If I was in church I’d say Amen!


2 SonDan April 15, 2010 at 9:52 pm

Hi Lyn,

Hope you are well. I am glad, as always, to see you here and flattered to get your input.

I don’t know how I missed ever hearing “Please Mr. Johnson” over the past years, but the movie clip of it is priceless. This is what is so great about the Internet! Think I am going to have to track down and buy a “Cadillacs Greatest Hits” collection to see what other great songs I may have missed.


3 SupaStarry April 30, 2010 at 11:02 am

Hey SonDan!

got a new computer, the sad thing is that i remember tellin you about a new computer sometime last year which means a computer goes too fast in my house. but on topic…i love this song! its funny cuz my lil sister could neva do that lil hummin part lol. of course i have this on my ipod and as a ringtone.


4 SonDan April 30, 2010 at 8:55 pm

I though it was only yesterday that you told me about a new computer (BIG BOLD GRIN)


5 SupaStarry May 1, 2010 at 9:37 am

LOL thats wat im sayin…its crazy!


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