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In spite of good follow-ups like "Zoom" and "Woe Is Me", a second hit proved hard to come by, though "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer" was a R&B hit (# 11) in January 1957. But the group had plenty of work, doing package tours and dazzling their audiences, not realizing that they were at the peak of their popularity. In the spring of 1957 the group split into two, both still recording for Josie. Confusing the record buyers and radio station program directors is never a good idea and neither aggregation had any success. Earl Carroll and the remnants of his original group recorded as "The Original Cadillacs", while the other group was led by James Bailey. After a few meetings with Esther Navarro the two groups reunited under her guidance in February 1958 and celebrated the fact with "Speedo Is Back", on which the personnel is Earl Carroll (lead), Bobby Spencer, LaVerne Drake, James Bailey and Roland Martinez. The long dry spell in chart hits was finally broken with "Peek-A-Boo" (written by Jack Hammer), which peaked at # 28 pop and # 20 R&B in early 1959. It was the only Cadillacs single to get a UK release (London HLJ 8786). "Peek-A-Boo" was an unabashed Coasters imitation and was followed by several novelties in the same style, like "Jay Walker", "Cool It Fool", "Please Mr. Johnson", "Bad Dan McGoon" and "Naggity Nag". Earl Carroll left when his lead spot began floating between Spencer and Bailey. He would join the Coasters in 1961 (replacing Cornel Gunter) and stayed with that group until 1980.


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