1969 Crazy Elephant – Gimme, Gimme Good Lovin’
A group called The Cadillacs had a hit in 1955 with a song called Speedo. The song title came from the nickname of the lead singer, Earl Carroll. After no other hits materialized, internal disagreements led the group to split in two. Some of the members, including Earl, continued making records as Earl Carroll and the Cadillacs.
Singer Bobby Spencer joined up with two other members and ex-members of the original group and one more singer, and they formed The Four Cadillacs.
Neither group did well, and the two groups merged into one in 1958. Bobby took over lead vocals after Earl left the group in 1959 to form Speedo and the Pearls . Several more iterations of the group’s lineup occurred before they completely fell apart in about 1963.
Bobby wrote My Boy Lollypop, which became a number two single for Millie Small.
Jerry Kasenetz and Jeffrey Katz of Super K Productions were experts at creating groups and recording records, although most of their creations are now labeled as bubblegum music. Most of their successes came between 1966 and 1969, and near the end of that period they recruited Bobby as the lead singer for another group. The studio group promoted as the Marzano-Calvert Studio Band recorded some songs that seem to have also have included Joey Levine singing background vocals.
The single Gimme, Gimme Good Lovin’ came out with the label crediting Crazy Elephant and reached #12 on the Hot 100 in 1969. They formed a touring group to promote the record and released an album, but the group did not have any additional successes.
Kenny Cohen played flute and saxophone and provided some vocals, and he later played with the Eagles, B. B. King, Santana, and Rod Stewart.
Joey sang on countless other records for Super K Productions and also sang lead for the group Reunion on the single Life Is A Rock (But The Radio Rolled Me) in 1974.
Drummer Bob Avery also played on records by the Music Explosion.
Singer Kevin Godley later joined 10 CC.
Bobby and other ex-members briefly reformed the Cadillacs in 1970.
Earl joined the Coasters in the nineties and left them and reformed the Cadillacs and performed in oldies shows beginning in the early nineties.
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