New York, NY -- Singer Earl "Speedo" Carroll of The Cadillacs has died. The New York Times reports Carroll died of diabetes and a stroke Sunday in New York. He was 75. The Cadillacs were one of many doo-wop groups to come out of the streets of New York, but one of the first to choreograph dance moves.
Carroll got the nickname "Speedo" because fellow singer Bobby Phillips pointed at a torpedo on display in Massachusetts and said, "Hey Speedo! There's your torpedo!" because Carroll had a pointy head. Carroll responded icily, "My name is Earl." They wrote that into a song called "Speedoo" they recorded the next day. It was a hit in 1956. Carroll later worked as a school janitor for 23 years.