Unless it was owned by Dr Who, it's hard to make a case for a 1976 car to feature on the cover of a 1975 record, so it's unlikely to be the car in question... according to Mary off this here board, the car on the OYF sleeve was a 1973 Cadillac Fleetwood Seventy-Five... here's the advert:
But it's a series Seventy Five....did they know back then in '73?
The first generation of the Cadillac series Seventy-Five was produced for model year 1936. Back then, Cadillac just numbered the different model types instead of giving them names. They produced the Series 67, 70, 72, 75 and others starting in the 1930's and 1940's. The 1973 Fleetwood Seventy-Five was in the tenth generation of the Series Seventy-Five model.
In that time, that model of Cadillac was the default limo vehicle. No serious competition from other makes then. Once we'd hit "limo" success, that was the vehicle that would carry us, from airports and to and from shows, in America at the time, anywhere in the country. "Cad" limos wuz it. For "On Your Feet," no other car would have been expected.
Funny, that as the '70's progressed, all American cars got crappier and slower with gov't pollution regs, but the early era Cad limos remain today a symbol of quiet elegance and competence. They were comfy!
I'm afraid that I am certainly no kind of authority on American automobiles - in general, I can offer only the following observations: they're too big, use far too much petrol, and are probably a bugger to park. So I'm especially indebted to Mary off the BDTE for informing me that the car parked outside the church on the "On Your Feet" album cover is indeed a 1973 Cadillac Fleetwood Seventy-Five...
Here's the advert for the Fleetwood Seventy-Five (minus the diplomatic flags): Cadillac Advert
And some general info on the car: 1973 Cadillac Fleetwood Seventy-Five "
As a kid in the 70's, Cadillacs were "the thing". If you had a Cadillac, you had money. As Buck stated, it was a status symbol. The Europeans and Asian imports hadn't come onto the seen yet and Cadillac was an icon of American excess and a product of the industrialization age. Back then, $100 bills were a big deal!
So, when I grew up, I had to have one (or many). Ha! Avatar car = '77 Deville with a blood red interior and wire wheels. Sopranos edition
Once we'd hit "limo" success, that was the vehicle that would carry us, from airports and to and from shows, in America at the time, anywhere in the country. "Cad" limos wuz it.
Im sorry to hear that. I was actually referring to the comment Buck made regarding BOC limo rides to and from shows. Thats the ride Id have gotten a kick out of !
I know, no sweat. It just triggered an old memory out of the blue when I took a good look at the car.
You never know if you would have been kicked out or not. I was at a party quite a while back and one of the girls I worked with brought her boyfriend. Somehow we got on the subject of concerts, groupies, different bands, etc. The Rolling Stones came up. The boyfriend was a hardcore Stones fan and always wanted to meet them (good luck). He had tried various tactics at other concerts to no avail, so he got brave one night and thought he would wait in the alley back where the limos were parked. Guards on a break or something so he started prowling the alley to find a place to hide. Guards came back sooner than he thought, so he just picked a limo, got in, ducked down and laid down between the front-back seats. Waited forever then the door on the other side opened and a guy said "HELLLOOO" in a British accent. Three guesses!! The guy thought he was screwed, but Mick had just came out for a smoke and asked the guy if he wanted to hide out in the limo with him for awhile. The end of the story is that Mick gave him the lighter which was one of the engraved signature MJ ones. And Mick got him past the guards. What are the odds!
So you never know. Course what you could do yesterday is NOT what you can do today.