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This Day in Music lists more than 20 musical personalities born on this day — including three each in 1947 and 1950 alone.
Two are here: Nate Nelson of The Flamingos, who sing I Only Have Eyes for You (above) and Bobbie Smith of The Detroit Spinners (later the Spinners), who sing Working My Way Back to You (below). Nelson was born in 1932 and Nelson four years later.
I confess that I am not entirely confident of which of the singers are Nelson and Smith in the clips, though I am pretty sure both are singing lead. It is the thought that counts, I guess… Anyone who could help me out, please do.
The Cadillacs were great, both before and after Earl Carroll sang one of the most recognizable lines in modern music: “Well now they often call me Speedoo, but my real name is Mr. Earl.”
The group’s story is told in loving detail at DooWop Nation. It’s a tremendously detailed history and one that even on the Web looks like it was banged out on a manual typewriter on a kitchen table in a cramped apartment by someone with a lot of great memories.