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“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!