Earl Carroll (vocalist)

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Earl Carroll
Also known as Speedoo
Born (1937-11-02)November 2, 1937
Died November 25, 2012(2012-11-25) (aged 75)
New York City, New York, U.S.
Genres Doo-wop
Occupation(s) Vocalist
Years active 1950s–2000s
Associated acts The Cadillacs
The Coasters

Earl "Speedo" Carroll (November 2, 1937 – November 25, 2012) was the lead vocalist for the doo-wop group The Cadillacs.[1] The group's biggest hit was "Speedoo", Carroll's subsequent nickname. It was released in 1955. He joined The Coasters in 1961, leaving the group in the early 1990s to permanently reform The Cadillacs.[citation needed]

In 1982, Earl took a job as a custodian at the PS 87 elementary school in New York City and worked there until retiring in 2005. A popular figure with the students, he was chosen to be the subject of a children's book, That's Our Custodian, by Ann Morris (Brookfield, Connecticut: Millbrook Press). The publicity helped him to revive his career. He became a mainstay of the PBS series honoring doo wop, hosted by Jerry Butler and continued performing until the early 2010s when deteriorating health forced him to retire.[citation needed]


Carroll died on November 25, 2012 of complications from a stroke and diabetes.[2][3]


  1. ^ "Earl "Speedoo" Carroll, New York City, rocker, Cadillacs, Coasters November 2 in History". Brainyhistory.com. Retrieved 2012-11-26. 
  2. ^ "The Cadillacs - Singer Earl Carroll Dies". ContactMusic.com. November 26, 2012. Retrieved 2012-11-26. 
  3. ^ Hinckley, David (November 26, 2012). "Earl 'Speedo' Carroll, beloved singer of New York-style vocal harmony in the 1950s, dies at 75". NY Daily News. Retrieved 2012-11-26.