THE HERGS
Cadillac
(Vince Taylor*)
Australia 1967
#5 Adelaide

*The writer credit on this record is mistakenly given to Chuck Berry.

Single on Parlophone. The arrangement is the one popularised in Scandinavia by The Renegades.

Adelaide band The Hergs shared their manager Darryl Sambell with Johnny Farnham, then establishing himself as a solo artist. The Hergs were:

John Thornton (lead guitar)
Laurie Lehman (rhythm guitar)
Peter Luckins (bass guitar)
Barry Sincock (original drummer)
David Potter (drummer1967-1968)
Robin "Eddy" McPherson (original singer)
Adrian Russell (singer 1968)
"Hergs" was coined by Peter Luckins and Robin "Eddy" McPherson. You won't find it in any dictionary (unless the definition is "the name of a band from Adelaide").

Drummer David Potter replaced Barry Sincock soon after Cadillac was released, as Barry had been called up to serve in Vietnam. David recalls:
The Hergs came to Melbourne as the record started to climb the Adelaide charts, along with other hopeful groups of budding, star struck and very ambitious people who also included Thursday Children from Brisbane and Zoot from Adelaide, together with groups from Western Australia and New Zealand: doing 3 or 4 jobs a night and country gigs. Life was an absolute blast. I would not have missed it for quids.

The Hergs - Cadillac.mp3

Sources: Information from Hergs drummer David Potter. Further details from Mary McPherson.

Further reading: Detailed post on The Hergs at Garage Hangover drawing on information from original Hergs drummer Barry Sincock.

Thanks to Michael for suggestion.

THE HEP STARS
Cadillac
(Vince Taylor)
Sweden 1965
#1 Sweden #1 Norway

Single on Olga by popular mid- to late-60s Swedish band. After the The Hep Stars broke up, organist Benny Andersson went on to found ABBA with his writing partner Bjorn Ulvaeus.

This was some popular band! Cadillac was the #2 hit overall for May and June 1965, kept from #1 for both months by The Hep Stars' own Farmer John. During August they went to #1 with Bald-headed Woman, and in October they were back at #2 for two weeks with No Response. See also the B-side of Cadillac, Mashed Potatoes.

Further reading: 1. Hep Stars history at Marleen Janssens' fine site devoted to Bjorn and Benny [archived pages]. 2. Swedish charts July 1962-March 1966 via hitsallertijden.nl

Thanks to Erik Alm.

THE RENEGADES
Cadillac
(Vince Taylor [Arr. by Kim Brown - Denys Gibson - Graham Johnson - Ian Mallett])
UK 1964
Influential version

*Writer credits on this record are to members of The Renegades who arranged the Vince Taylor song.

Single by Birmingham band popular and influential in Finland (where Cadillac was a hit) and in other parts of Scandinavia and Europe.

Further reading: Comprehensive Renegades history at the Brumbeat website. 

VINCE TAYLOR & THE PLAY-BOYS
Brand New Cadillac
(Vince Taylor)
UK 1959
Original version

Vince Taylor (Brian Holden, 1939-1991) was a London-born rock'n'roll singer whose family moved to the US in the mid-50s after his sister married an American. He returned to England and launched his recording career in 1958, but he was signed to a French record label after appearing in Paris in the early 60s. Vince Taylor stayed in France pursuing an often troubled career until the early 80s, when he moved to Switzerland.


Personnel on Brand New Cadillac included two future Shadows, Brian 'Licorice' Locking and Brian Bennett, as well as Joe Moretti, of Johnny Kidd & the Pirates fame. Earlier than this, future Beatles associate Tony Sheridan had briefly been a Play-Boy.

Vince Taylor features in Van Morrison's song Goin' Down Geneva (Back On Top, 1999):
Vince, Vince Taylor lives here, nobody's even heard of him
Just who he was, just where he fits in.

References: 1. Vince Taylor at The Van Morrison website [archived page]. 2. Vince Taylor biography at Black Cat Rockabilly. 3. Brand New Cadillac history at The Originals and versions at Second Hand Songs.
Further reading: 1. Vince Taylor reminiscences from JoeMoretti.org [archived page]. 2. The Pre-Shadows Recordings of Brian Bennett [archived page].


Other versions:
Between them The Originals and Second Hand Songs websites list many versions of Cadillac (or Brand New Cadillac), including those by The Shamrocks (1965), De Maskers (1965), Liquorice John Death [Procol Harum] (1970), Roberto (1977), Crapule De Luxe (1978), The Clash (1979), Milkshakes (1990), Brian Setzer Orchestra (1994), Poonanny (1998), Joe Grushecky (1999), Incognegro (1999), and Phantom Rockers (2003). Go to these pages at The Originals and Second Hand Songs for more.

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