Wilde World: Flash Cadillac & the Continental Kids

Kim Wilde’s first records were written and produced by her father and brother, Marty and Ricky. The three of them have had a great influence on the music world, as this regular series ‘Wilde World’ shows.

Flash Cadillac & the Continental Kids are an American retro rock ‘n’ roll band. They formed in 1969 in Boulder, Colorado (USA). They got their name from Hughey Plumley who spent most of his time in the back of a Boulder bar, The Sink, and who entertained himself by creating names for bands. In 1970 they moved to Los Angeles to try and forge a career in music. Their self-titled debut album was released by Epic Records in 1972. After two albums they switched to Private Stock records, releasing ‘Sons of the beaches’ in 1975. That album featured a cover version of ‘Hot summer girls’, a song written by Marty Wilde and Peter Shelley and originally recorded by Barracuda.

The band became best known for their portrayal of the group Herbie and the Heartbeats in the film ‘American Graffiti’, to which they contributed three songs: cover versions of ‘At the hop’ and ‘Louie, Louie’, and the original composition ‘She’s so fine’.

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