Speedo: The Coasters

Vocal group harmony pioneer Earl “Speedo” Carroll, lead singer of the Cadillacs and a long time member of the Coasters died on  November 25, 2012, in a New York City skilled nursing facility after a long illness. He was 75.

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  1. MT C Says:

    Both of these posts remind me that I am supposed to be looking (more seriously at least) for two songs I clearly remember from my uncle’s stack of 45’s. He was eight years my senior, or double my age when I heard these two and for a while he was a super hero. He had two one hundred paper paper routes that he did everyday and a really nice bike to do them with. He had all kinds of money to spend on the things he wanted, at least it seemed that way to me. And he sure was the picture of ‘cool’. That would have been in 1955 in the big city of Springfield, MA. In a BIG house on Springstreet, which was partly an Italian neighborhood that my grandfather had bought the place in. Wonderful weekends there with all the kids on the street. Real fun.

    Anywhay, just in case you happen to run across one or both of them, one was titled “Bald Headed Lena” and the other had something to do with ‘If you don’t know, I ain’t a’going to tell ya’ at least that was the first line of the chorus. The song was about this guy asking ‘a cute little blond that lived on the corner’ out for a ride in his convertible.Of course, I have no idea about writers or singers. LOL Not a lot to go on I know, but if I ask enough folks, maybe someone will know. I did find “Dead Skunk in the Middle of the Road” and “Mule Skinner Blues” as they were later and more popular I would suppose.

    Thanks again for the memories and the reminders. I’d better get after it as I really don’t have a whole lot of time left to devote to it.

    Carl

  2. Kat Says:

    Carl,
    I hunt well through cyberspace!


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