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The Cadillacs: The Complete Josie Sessions (4-CD Deluxe Box Set)

4-CD boxed set (LP-size) with 31-page book, 104 tracks. Playing time approx. 254 mns.

Everyone knows Speedoo. It's one of the half-dozen best-loved classics from the golden era of the vocal groups, and it's here together with the rest of the Cadillacs' Josie recordings. Complete for the first time with unreleased sides, rare singles, even rarer singles, and alternate takes! These recordings are among the best from the classic years of the New York vocal group scene. Titles include the early ballad sides, like Gloria, I Wonder Why, Wishing Well, Carelessly...etc. Writing about Gloria, Jay Warner said 'It was the measure by which every east coast doo-wop group for the next 30 years would judge their harmonizing abilities.' Then came the later rockin' sides like Corn Whiskey, Zoom Boom Zing, Shock-A-Doo, That Gal Named Lou, Holy Smoke Baby, Speedoo Is Back, Buzz Buzz Buzz...etc. The Cadillacs had a stage act as spirited and characterful as the Coasters, and songs to match. No greatest hits collection can do justice to the Cadillacs. You need to hear the whole story.

Article properties:The Cadillacs: The Complete Josie Sessions (4-CD Deluxe Box Set)

  • Interpret: The Cadillacs

  • Album titlle: The Complete Josie Sessions (4-CD Deluxe Box Set)

  • Genre R&B, Soul

  • Label Bear Family Records

  • Preiscode DI
  • Edition 2 Deluxe Edition
  • Artikelart Box set

  • EAN: 4000127156488

  • weight in Kg 1.4
Cadillacs, The - The Complete Josie Sessions (4-CD Deluxe Box Set) Box set 1
01GloriaThe Cadillacs
02I Wonder WhyThe Cadillacs
03Wishing WellThe Cadillacs
04CarelesslyThe Cadillacs
05I Want To Know About LoveThe Cadillacs
06No ChanceThe Cadillacs
07No Chance (alt.)The Cadillacs
08SympathyThe Cadillacs
09Sympathy (alt.)The Cadillacs
10Party For Two (alt.)The Cadillacs
11Party For TwoThe Cadillacs
12Corn WhiskeyThe Cadillacs
13Down The RoadThe Cadillacs
14Window Lady (alt.)The Cadillacs
15Window LadyThe Cadillacs
16Speedo (alt.)The Cadillacs
17SpeedoThe Cadillacs
18Zoom Boom ZingThe Cadillacs
19Let Me Explain (alt.)The Cadillacs
20Let Me ExplainThe Cadillacs
21You Are (version 1)The Cadillacs
22Zoom (version 3)The Cadillacs
23Zoom (version 3) (alt.)The Cadillacs
24Oh! Whatcha DoThe Cadillacs
25Shock-A-DooThe Cadillacs
Cadillacs, The - The Complete Josie Sessions (4-CD Deluxe Box Set) Box set 2
01Shock-A-DooThe Cadillacs
02Zoom (version 2)The Cadillacs
03Zoom (version 1)The Cadillacs
04You Are (version 2)The Cadillacs
05WhyThe Cadillacs
06Why (alt.)The Cadillacs
07(That's) All I Need (alt.)The Cadillacs
08(That's) All I NeedThe Cadillacs
09Baby's Comin' Home To MeThe Cadillacs
10Baby's Comin' Home To Me (alt.)The Cadillacs
11The Girl I Love (alt.)The Cadillacs
12The Girl I LoveThe Cadillacs
13Betty My Love (alt.)The Cadillacs
14Betty My LoveThe Cadillacs
15Woe Is Me (alt.)The Cadillacs
16Woe Is MeThe Cadillacs
17Rudolph, The Red Nosed Reindeer (alt.)The Cadillacs
18Rudolph, The Red Nosed ReindeerThe Cadillacs
19Don't Take Your Love From MeThe Cadillacs
20If You Want To Be A Woman Of MineThe Cadillacs
21About That Girl Named Lou (alt.)The Cadillacs
22About That Girl Named LouThe Cadillacs
23Sugar Sugar (alt.)The Cadillacs
24Sugar SugarThe Cadillacs
25Broken HeartThe Cadillacs
Cadillacs, The - The Complete Josie Sessions (4-CD Deluxe Box Set) Box set 3
01C'mon Home BabyThe Cadillacs
02Hurry HomeThe Cadillacs
03LucyThe Cadillacs
04From This Day OnThe Cadillacs
05My GirlfriendThe Cadillacs
06My Girlfriend (undubbed)The Cadillacs
07Don't Be Mad With My HeartThe Cadillacs
08Buzz Buzz BuzzThe Cadillacs
09Yea Yea BabyThe Cadillacs
10Holy Smoke BabyThe Cadillacs
11I Want You To KnowThe Cadillacs
12Ain't You GonnaThe Cadillacs
13It's SpringThe Cadillacs
14Speedo Is Back (alt.)The Cadillacs
15Speedo Is BackThe Cadillacs
16A Looka HereThe Cadillacs
17Great Googly MooThe Cadillacs
18CopycatThe Cadillacs
19Oh Oh LolitaThe Cadillacs
20Peek-A-BooThe Cadillacs
21Jelly BeanThe Cadillacs
22Please Mr. Johnson (alt.)The Cadillacs
23Please Mr. JohnsonThe Cadillacs
24Your Heart Is So BlindThe Cadillacs
25Your Heart Is So Blind (alt.)The Cadillacs
26Cool It, Fool (alt.)The Cadillacs
27Cool It, FoolThe Cadillacs
Cadillacs, The - The Complete Josie Sessions (4-CD Deluxe Box Set) Box set 4
01Jay WalkerThe Cadillacs
02Who Ya Gonna KissThe Cadillacs
03The VowThe Cadillacs
04Naggity NagThe Cadillacs
05You're Not In Love With MeThe Cadillacs
06Bad Dan McGoonThe Cadillacs
07RomeoThe Cadillacs
08Romeo (alt.)The Cadillacs
09Always My DarlingThe Cadillacs
10Always My DarlingThe Cadillacs
11DumbellThe Cadillacs
12Still You Left Me BabyThe Cadillacs
13Dum Dee Dum DumThe Cadillacs
14Dum Dee Dum Dum (alt.)The Cadillacs
15FrankensteinThe Cadillacs
16I Want To Be LovedThe Cadillacs
17I'm In LoveThe Cadillacs
18Tell Me Today (alt.)The Cadillacs
19Tell Me TodayThe Cadillacs
20Let Me Down EasyThe Cadillacs
21It's LoveThe Cadillacs
22That's WhyThe Cadillacs
23LouiseThe Cadillacs
24Rock & Roll Is Here To StayThe Cadillacs
25The Boogie ManThe Cadillacs
26I'll Never Let You GoThe Cadillacs
27The Wayward WandererThe Cadillacs
The Cadillacs T he singers in The Cadillacs were born just before the Second World War and... more
"The Cadillacs"

The Cadillacs

The singers in The Cadillacs were born just before the Second World War and their life as grade schoolers revolved around home, school, church, and the streets of the city: the playgrounds and staging areas for boyhood adventures, dreams, and schemes. Stiff and starched in unfamiliar once-a-week clothes, they sang the old songs in church, and they heard the new songs on $10 plastic radios at home, from speakers outside of record stores, and on juke boxes at candy stores and ice cream parlors.

Because they lived in New York City, the music they heard was different from that in the rest of country, aside from the Dinah Shore, Perry Como, Vaughan Monroe, and Vic Damone hits that filled the airwaves. They heard Louis Jordan, Savannah Churchill, Bull Moose Jackson, Wynonie Harris, Hal Singer, Amos Milburn, Ivory Joe Hunter, the Ravens, Clovers, and Orioles. Pee Wee Crayton, John Lee Hooker, Lowell Fulson, and Memphis Slim sang with rhythms of a rural South they had never known. They loved those songs and they loved the big hits they heard everyday and because they loved them they began to sing them with their friends.

The rise of the Cadillacs is paralleled in the stories of dozens of vocal groups whose role models were the Orioles, Ravens, and Ink Spots--black men who had 'made it' and found music to be their passport out of the ghetto. The Cadillacs heard the songs and tried to imitate them.

Jimmy McGowan of The Four Fellows recalled those days. "How does a group of teenagers, who know absolutely nothing about music, learn to arrange and sing a song in harmony? In the beginning we were like blind men trying to construct a house. The whole process required a lot of discipline and attention, we argued constantly. And many times we almost came to blows over whether whatwe were singing was correct. No time or diplomacy was wasted telling someone he was singing flat or off key. There was but one goal in mind: to learn the song and learn the harmony. To hell with personal feelings. The 'music man' of the group was regarded with a great deal of respect--though that respect was rarely expressed overtly.

Although learning and arranging a song was a joint undertaking, the suggestions of this 'music man' usually prevailed, and in the Cadillacs this was Earl Carroll. Carroll, a lanky, amiable teenager from Metropolitan Vocational High School, selected equally novice singers Bobby Phillips, LaVerne Drake, and 'Cub' Gaining from his neighborhood of 7th and 8th Avenues near 131st Street. Bass singer Phillips was his closest friend, nearly a brother. "Bobby's mother more or less raised me. She took me in when things weren't going so well with me. People say, 'It's remarkable--you look so much alike'."

They called themselves the Carnations and, notorious as much for their energetic (albeit ragged) harmony as for their trademark lapel flowers, soon built a reputation in the neighborhood and at dances at St. Mark's Church and P.S. 43. In the hot amateur vocal group world of the early 1950s, these dances and talent shows were the commencement exercises for the street corner groups--the big chance to show their prowess against other groups from all over the city. Moreover, the groups were judged by their peers and the audience for their expertise with ballads, not the jump tunes that became popular a few years later.

Most, if not all, of the songs were slow, romantic ballads. The group always featured a single voice, the lead singer, while the other voices usually hummed in support. Nat Cole certainly didn't become popular for his up-tempo songs, nor did Frank Sinatra, Perry Como, or Bing Crosby. It was no different with the rhythm & blues singing groups from this era. Earl Carroll says his musical roots "consisted of spiritual groups like the Five Blind Boys, and the Swanee Quintet, and the Soul Stirrers--they moved us quite a bit when they had Sam Cooke.As much as we loved that music, and used to sing those songs for our own pleasure, we weren't what you would call deeply religious kids. Gospel singers were committed to it."

McGowan and his group had the same choice to make, and they had the same reason for not becoming professional gospel singers. "For one thing, we realized that most of the people singing spirituals were basically religious. They believed in what they were singing and for the most part were living a life that was compatible with what they were singing. The church was an important part of their lives. And singing was something they did in church.”

While performing at the annual P.S. 43talent show in 1953, the Carnations were heard by Lover Patterson, the self-styled former 'manager' of the Orioles (actually he had been their valet), singer, songwriter, and freelance talent scout. Patterson, as the organizer of the Five Crowns, was a veteran of the tricky independent record business that was fueling the fires of the vocal group revolution.

Operating from rented rooms, theater basements, record shops, or out of their cars, the indie operators recorded almost anyone who came to them. Some built substantial record and music publishing empires and the roll call of their names is a Hall Of Fame (or Infamy, depending on your social viewpoint) today: Herb Abramson, Syd Nathan, Leonard & Phil Chess, Art Rupe, Lew Chudd, Bess Berman, Herman Lubinsky, Freddy Mendelsohn, Lee Magid, Jerry Blaine, Sam Phillips, Hy & Sam Weiss, Sol Rabinowitz, Don Robey, David James Mattis, David & Jules Braun, Jim & Ed Mesner, Zell Sanders, Bobby Robinson, Al Silver, and Ahmet Ertegun. No one would argue that without these people rhythm & blues and rock 'n' roll would have never existed.

Several booking agencies specialized in lining up personal appearance dates for rhythm & blues artists. In the early 1950s, one of the most powerful was the Shaw Artists Corporation, started in 1948by Billy Shaw, former vice president of the competing Gale Agency. Shaw grabbed the contract for the Orioles early on and handled the careers of such R&B luminaries as Faye Adams, Amos Milburn, Ruth Brown, Ray Charles, Joe Turner, Fats Domino, the Clovers, Moonglows, Charms, Five Keys, Flamingos, Bo Diddley, Ivory Joe Hunter, Bill Doggett, and Chuck Willis.

Lover Patterson, who died in 1965after a brief heyday of managing the Crowns/Drifters and Ben E. King, introduced the Carnations to Esther Navarro, a lovely young secretary at Shaw who also wrote songs, taught piano and voice, and managed a small stable of artists. Bobby Phillips, the baritone of the Carnations, wanted to be the bass. Cub Gaining didn’t like the change in role and refused to go to the audition.

Patterson brought in veteran singer James 'Poppa' Clark from his Five Crowns and Johnny 'Gus' Willingham to fill out the roster. The group that trooped down to Navarro's office therefore consisted of Earl Carroll, lead tenor; LaVerne Drake and James Clark, tenors; Johnny Willingham, baritone; and Bobby Phillips, newly-minted bass.

Navarro was impressed and signed the group to a management contract. The name Carnations was already in use, and she renamed them The Cadillacs. Naming a group after a prestigious automobile added a touch of class and was a break from the 'birds and flowers' tradition of vocal group tags. Singing other people’s songs might get you a First Prize at an amateur contest, but original material was needed to go on record. Luckily for the boys, Navarro had a drawer full of tunes and a friend in the record business. One of the songs she gave the group to rehearse was Gloria, destined to become a doo-wop standard and street corner favorite in the R&B revival of the early 1960s.

Credited to Navarro, the song bears a striking resemblance to Gloriaby famed black songwriter Leon Rene, written in 1946 and recorded in that year by Johnny Moore's Three Blazers with Charles Brown for an album on Rene's own Exclusive label. Navarro's version was sufficiently different and no litigation resulted. The group also made ready to record Lover Patterson's I Wonder Why. The record company that Navarro chose to receive the first hearing of the Cadillacs was Jubilee, owned by Jerry Blaine.

Blaine, pleasant, moon-faced, and wide-eyed, was himself a veteran of the music business from the performer's end. He led a big dance band, Jerry Blaine & His Streamline Rhythm, in New York City in the late 1930s, recorded for Bluebird and even sang a bit. No great shakes with the baton or his voice, he went to work for A1 Green's National Records, a company formed during the musician's recording ban of the mid-1940s, and he rose to the position of national sales manager for the label, which had Herb Abramson as its A&R man. Blaine then moved into sales and promotion for other labels and formed the Cosnat Distributing Company to handle them.

After leaving National, Abramson started a couple of labels himself, Quality and Jubilee. Quality never got off the ground, but Jubilee with Blaine as a partner scored a moderate hit with the Yiddish novelty Essenby Lee Tully.

Abramson then linked up with Ahmet Ertegun to form Atlantic Records and sold his interest in Jubilee to Blaine. In 1948 Cosnat picked up distribution for Sid DeMay's It's A Natural Records, then very hot with It's Too Soon To Know by the Orioles. Around this time he started his Jubilee Music Corporation for publishing and installed DeMay as its boss. The Natural label died a quick death after some heated complaints from the similarly-named National Records and Jubilee acquired the Orioles.

Jubilee eventually became a minor player in the Pop music world and followed the lead of other small labels in starting a dedicated rhythm & blues subsidiary label in 1954 to catch a piece of the growing airplay and sales of R&B discs. ...

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Tracklist
Cadillacs, The - The Complete Josie Sessions (4-CD Deluxe Box Set) Box set 1
01 Gloria
02 I Wonder Why
03 Wishing Well
04 Carelessly
05 I Want To Know About Love
06 No Chance
07 No Chance (alt.)
08 Sympathy
09 Sympathy (alt.)
10 Party For Two (alt.)
11 Party For Two
12 Corn Whiskey
13 Down The Road
14 Window Lady (alt.)
15 Window Lady
16 Speedo (alt.)
17 Speedo
18 Zoom Boom Zing
19 Let Me Explain (alt.)
20 Let Me Explain
21 You Are (version 1)
22 Zoom (version 3)
23 Zoom (version 3) (alt.)
24 Oh! Whatcha Do
25 Shock-A-Doo
Cadillacs, The - The Complete Josie Sessions (4-CD Deluxe Box Set) Box set 2
01 Shock-A-Doo
02 Zoom (version 2)
03 Zoom (version 1)
04 You Are (version 2)
05 Why
06 Why (alt.)
07 (That's) All I Need (alt.)
08 (That's) All I Need
09 Baby's Comin' Home To Me
10 Baby's Comin' Home To Me (alt.)
11 The Girl I Love (alt.)
12 The Girl I Love
13 Betty My Love (alt.)
14 Betty My Love
15 Woe Is Me (alt.)
16 Woe Is Me
17 Rudolph, The Red Nosed Reindeer (alt.)
18 Rudolph, The Red Nosed Reindeer
19 Don't Take Your Love From Me
20 If You Want To Be A Woman Of Mine
21 About That Girl Named Lou (alt.)
22 About That Girl Named Lou
23 Sugar Sugar (alt.)
24 Sugar Sugar
25 Broken Heart
Cadillacs, The - The Complete Josie Sessions (4-CD Deluxe Box Set) Box set 3
01 C'mon Home Baby
02 Hurry Home
03 Lucy
04 From This Day On
05 My Girlfriend
06 My Girlfriend (undubbed)
07 Don't Be Mad With My Heart
08 Buzz Buzz Buzz
09 Yea Yea Baby
10 Holy Smoke Baby
11 I Want You To Know
12 Ain't You Gonna
13 It's Spring
14 Speedo Is Back (alt.)
15 Speedo Is Back
16 A Looka Here
17 Great Googly Moo
18 Copycat
19 Oh Oh Lolita
20 Peek-A-Boo
21 Jelly Bean
22 Please Mr. Johnson (alt.)
23 Please Mr. Johnson
24 Your Heart Is So Blind
25 Your Heart Is So Blind (alt.)
26 Cool It, Fool (alt.)
27 Cool It, Fool
Cadillacs, The - The Complete Josie Sessions (4-CD Deluxe Box Set) Box set 4
01 Jay Walker
02 Who Ya Gonna Kiss
03 The Vow
04 Naggity Nag
05 You're Not In Love With Me
06 Bad Dan McGoon
07 Romeo
08 Romeo (alt.)
09 Always My Darling
10 Always My Darling
11 Dumbell
12 Still You Left Me Baby
13 Dum Dee Dum Dum
14 Dum Dee Dum Dum (alt.)
15 Frankenstein
16 I Want To Be Loved
17 I'm In Love
18 Tell Me Today (alt.)
19 Tell Me Today
20 Let Me Down Easy
21 It's Love
22 That's Why
23 Louise
24 Rock & Roll Is Here To Stay
25 The Boogie Man
26 I'll Never Let You Go
27 The Wayward Wanderer