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Freddie and the Dreamers
c 1963 Freddie And The Dreamers, left to right Pete Birrell, Bernie Dwyer, Freddie Garrity, Derek Quinn, Roy Crewsdon
c 1963 Freddie And The Dreamers, left to right
Pete Birrell, Bernie Dwyer, Freddie Garrity, Derek Quinn, Roy Crewsdon

Origin Manchester, England
Years active 1963–1978
Genres Beat, Pop, Rock and roll
Labels Columbia (EMI) (UK); Tower, Mercury (U.S.)
Past members Freddie Garrity
Roy Crewsdon
Derek Quinn
Peter Birrell
Bernie Dwyer

Freddie and the Dreamers were a British musical band who had a number of hit records between May 1963 and November 1965. Their act was based around the comic antics of the 5-foot-3-inch-tall (1.60m) Freddie Garrity, who was famous for bouncing around the stage with arms and legs flying. Image File history File links Freddiedreamers_bw. ... Image File history File links Freddiedreamers_bw. ... This article is becoming very long. ... Motto: (French for God and my right) Anthem: God Save the King/Queen Capital London (de facto) Largest city London Official language(s) English (de facto) Unification    - by Athelstan AD 927  Area    - Total 130,395 km² (1st in UK)   50,346 sq mi  Population    - 2006 est. ... A music genre is a category (or genre) of pieces of music that share a certain style or basic musical language (van der Merwe 1989, p. ... (world)Beat music is a music by the styles of Cha Cha Cha, Mambo, Rock en español, Tropical, Salsa, and Merengue. ... For popular music (music produced commercially rather than art or folk music), see Popular music. ... Rock and roll (also spelled Rock n Roll, especially in its first decade), also called rock, is a form of popular music, usually featuring vocals (often with vocal harmony), electric guitars and a strong back beat; other instruments, such as the saxophone, are common in some styles. ... To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article or section may require cleanup. ... Columbias Magic Notes trade mark The Columbia Graphophone Company was one of the earliest gramophone companies in the United Kingdom. ... Tower Records was a short-lived subsidiary of Capitol Records which was active in the 1960s. ... Album Cover Freddie and the Dreamers were a British musical band who had a number of hit records in 1963 and 1964. ... Peter Birrell (born 9 May 1941, in Manchester, Lancashire) is a British musician in the band Freddie and the Dreamers which had a number of hit records in 1963-1964. ... 1963 (MCMLXIII) was a common year starting on Tuesday (the link is to a full 1963 calendar). ... 1965 (MCMLXV) was a common year starting on Friday (the link is to a full 1965 calendar). ... Album Cover Freddie and the Dreamers were a British musical band who had a number of hit records in 1963 and 1964. ...

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UK history

The band consisted of Freddie Garrity (born Manchester, Lancashire 14 November 1936 died –19 May 2006),[1] vocals, Roy Crewsdon (often misspelled "Crewdson") (born Manchester May 29, 1941 ), guitar, Derek Quinn (born Manchester May 24, 1942, ), guitar and harmonica, Peter Birrell (born Manchester May 9, 1941, ), bass, and Bernie Dwyer (born Manchester December 4, 1940, died – December 4, 2002), drums. November 14 is the 318th day of the year (319th in leap years) in the Gregorian Calendar, with 47 days remaining. ... 1936 (MCMXXXVI) was a leap year starting on Wednesday (link will take you to calendar). ... May 19 is the 139th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (140th in leap years). ... For the Manfred Mann album, see 2006 (album). ... May 29 is the 149th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (150th in leap years). ... For the movie, see 1941 (film). ... May 24 is the 144th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (145th in leap years). ... Year 1942 (MCMXLII) was a common year starting on Thursday (the link is to a full 1942 calendar). ... This article does not cite its references or sources. ... Peter Birrell (born 9 May 1941, in Manchester, Lancashire) is a British musician in the band Freddie and the Dreamers which had a number of hit records in 1963-1964. ... May 9 is the 129th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (130th in leap years). ... For the movie, see 1941 (film). ... December 4th redirects here. ... 1940 (MCMXL) was a leap year starting on Monday (the link is to a full 1940 calendar). ... December 4th redirects here. ... For album titles with the same name, see 2002 (album). ...


Although the band were grouped as a part of the Merseybeat sound phenomenon that The Beatles exploded around the world in the wake of Beatlemania, they came from Manchester, and were the first such non-Liverpool, non-Brian Epstein-managed band to break through in the UK. Prior to becoming a singer, Garrity worked as a milkman in Manchester. [1] They had four Top Ten UK hits: a cover of James Ray's hit "If You Gotta Make A Fool Of Somebody", which reached number 3 in the charts in mid-1963, "I'm Telling You Now", (number 2 in August), "You Were Made For Me", (number 3 in November) and "I Understand", which hit the number 5 spot in November 1964. For the TV program please see Merseybeat Merseybeat, sometimes referred to as Merseysound, was a style of music popular during the 1960s. ... The Beatles were an English rock band from Liverpool whose members were John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr. ... This article is becoming very long. ... Liverpool skyline. ... Brian Samuel Epstein, born in Liverpool, Lancashire, England (19 September 1934 – 27 August 1967), was an English businessman best known as the manager of The Beatles. ... A milkman is a person — traditionally male — who delivers milk in milk bottles or cartons. ... James Ray Raymond (born Washington, D.C. about 1941, died late 1960s) was an African American R&B singer of the early 1960s. ... 1963 (MCMLXIII) was a common year starting on Tuesday (the link is to a full 1963 calendar). ... 1964 (MCMLXIV) was a leap year starting on Wednesday (the link is to a full 1964 calendar). ...


Super session guitarist Big Jim Sullivan played on a majority of the records most notably on "Over You", "I Understand", "A Little You", "Thou Shalt Not Steal", "Just For You" and best of all, a cover version of Paul Anka's "I Love You Baby". This article or section is not written in the formal tone expected of an encyclopedia article. ... In popular music, a cover version, or simply cover, is a new rendition (performance or recording) of a previously recorded song. ... Paul Anka is a Canadian-American singer, songwriter and actor, (born July 30, 1941, in Ottawa). ...

1964 album You Were Made For Me, CD cover
1964 album You Were Made For Me, CD cover

The group are probably unique in the history of rock and roll. The group would appear on stage and perform pre-rehearsed, synchronised wacky dance routines. While it is refreshing to have a band that does not take itself seriously, their show was probably more suited for the seaside show at the end of the pier than for a rock festival. Their success was more down to image than music, with Freddie's Buddy Holly-on-speed stage persona, Pete's dropped jaw and Derek's sinister dark glasses. Freddie and the Dreamers could make hit records of songs that other "serious" bands had turned down as "unsuitable for beat groups" by infusing even the slightest of songs with pep-charged performances filled with their trademark humour and zest. "You Were Made for Me", which was turned down by The Searchers is an example of this. It would probably sound unberably twee if delivered by a more 'earnest' singer or band, but it became a memorable and likeable hit in the unpretentious hands of Freddie & co. Image File history File links Freddie03. ... Image File history File links Freddie03. ... The Searchers are a British rock act who emerged as part of the 1960s merseybeat scene along with The Beatles, The Swinging Blue Jeans, and Gerry and the Pacemakers. ...


Some of their Merseybeat styled records like "I Just Don't Understand" (a cover of Ann-Margret) compare well with the best of Merseybeat. The band did have musical ability, and at their peak of popularity were probably second only to the Beatles so far as fame is concerned. Although they did not play on all the records, The Dreamers showed themselves to be quite competent instrumentally and their vocal harmonies were quite clever. For the TV program please see Merseybeat Merseybeat, sometimes referred to as Merseysound, was a style of music popular during the 1960s. ... Ann-Margret Ann-Margret (born April 28, 1941) is a Swedish-born actress and singer. ... The Beatles appeared on The Ed Sullivan Show in 1964 as part of their first tour of the United States, promoting their first hit single there, I Want To Hold Your Hand. ...


Anecdotally, their EMI A&R man, John Burgess noted when reviewing their audition of "If You Gotta...Somebody", he was considering rejecting them for one fault or another but ultimately discovered he couldn't get their rendition out of his head-the whole being greater then the sum of its parts.[citation needed] John Burgess was an American academic, working in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. ...


In the end success for the group was limited. Neither their music nor their stage act moved with the times, and they faded along with merseybeat. Although Freddie Garrity or Derek Quinn might contribute the the odd co-written song, their inability to write their own material severely hobbled them. Despite Freddie's innocent novelty appeal, the Dreamers had a "wrong-side-of-the-law" look, a similar mix to that of their Merseybeat rivals Gerry & the Pacemakers, which made both groups looked older, "square" and past their sell-by date. This "mums and dads" appeal was a big contrast to image of The Beatles and the young and trendy beat combos starting to emerge, such as The Dave Clark Five, The Who, The Small Faces or The Kinks. Television shows such as Ready Steady Go! subtly stressed the point. Freddie and the Dreamers were also happy to appear on the popular BBC children's show Blue Peter. They did have the sense to move from mainstream rock and roll into children's entertainment, and were working in cabaret until their split up in 1968, thus extending their career a little longer than most other merseybeat groups. Gerry & the Pacemakers were an English rock and roll group during the 1960s, and one of the few groups to initially challenge The Beatles in popularity. ... The Beatles were an English rock band from Liverpool whose members were John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr. ... The Dave Clark Five (DC5) were an English rock and roll group in the 1960s, and one of the few that were able to present something of a commercial threat to The Beatles, the dominant group of the period. ... The Who is an English rock band formed in 1964. ... Small Faces, left to right: Ian McLagan, Steve Marriott, Kenney Jones, Ronnie Lane For the Scottish film, see Small Faces (film). ... The Kinks were an English rock group formed in 1963 by lead singer-songwriter Ray Davies and his brother lead guitarist and vocalist Dave Davies with bassist Pete Quaife. ... RSG! studio floor with Manfred Mann performing. ... The British Broadcasting Corporation, usually known as the BBC (and also informally known as the Beeb or Auntie) is the largest broadcasting corporation in the world in terms of audience numbers, employing 26,000 staff in the United Kingdom alone and with a budget of more than GB£4 billion... For other uses, see Blue Peter (disambiguation). ...


They appeared in four British films: "What a Crazy World" with singer Joe Brown, "Seaside Swingers", "Just for You" and "The Cuckoo Patrol". Joe Brown (born Joseph Roger Brown on 13 May 1941, in Swarby, Lincolnshire) was a popular British entertainer of the 1960s and beyond. ...


Between 1971 and 1973 Garrity and Birrell appeared in the UK ITV children's show Little Big Time, a zany music/talent/adventure show with audience participation.[2] 1971 (MCMLXXI) was a common year starting on Friday. ... 1973 (MCMLXXIII) was a common year starting on Monday. ... It has been suggested that Channel 3 (UK) be merged into this article or section. ...


US fame

As their popularity declined in the UK, Freddie and the Dreamers enjoyed a brief spell of fame in America, riding the wave of the British Invasion when the American teen public was hungry for any British pop music. As happened with many British EMI groups at that time their recordings were refused by EMI's American arm Capitol Records, and the Dreamers' 1965 releases and re-releases appeared on assorted labels. They recorded on Capitol's new subsidiary Tower, and Philips' Mercury Records label. The appearance of The Beatles on The Ed Sullivan Show, February 9, 1964, was the breakthrough moment of the burgeoning British Invasion. ... Capitol Records is a major United States-based record label, owned by EMI. // The Capitol Records company was founded by the songwriter Johnny Mercer in 1942, with the financial help of movie producer Buddy DeSylva and the business acumen of Glenn Wallichs, (1910-1971) (owner of Music City, at the... Philips HQ in Amsterdam Koninklijke Philips Electronics N.V. (Royal Philips Electronics N.V.), usually known as Philips, (Euronext: PHIA, NYSE: PHG) is one of the largest electronics companies in the world. ... Mercury Records was a record label founded in Chicago, Illinois in 1945 by Irving Green, Berle Adams and Arthur Talmadge. ...


"I'm Telling You Now", which had been co-written by Garrity and Mitch Murray, reached Number 1 on the US charts in Spring 1965. They were the first of three consecuitve groups from Manchester to have Number 1 hits that spring, the others being Wayne Fontana & The Mindbenders and Herman's Hermits. Their next biggest US hit was "Do the Freddie" at number 18, intended to inspire "The Freddie" (sic) as a dance craze. (The band's late 1965 album, Do the Freddie, even included diagrams from legendary dance instructor Arthur Murray on how to perform the routines exactly.) Mitch Murray (born 30 January 1940, Hove, Sussex), is a British songwriter and author. ... The Billboard Hot 100 is the United States music industry standard singles popularity chart issued weekly by Billboard magazine. ... The Freddy was a short-lived 1960s dance craze prompted by the release of the song Do the Freddy by Freddy & the Dreamers. ... Fad dances are dances which are characterized by a short burst of popularity, while Novelty dances typically have a longer-lasting popularity based on their being characteristically humourous or humour-invoking, as well as the sense of uniqueness which they have. ... Arthur Murray (April 4, 1895 - March 3, 1991), a dance instructor and businessman, was born in New York, New York as Moses Teichman. ...


At their US peak, a TV series featuring the band and British actor Terry-Thomas was mooted but never came to fruition. Terry-Thomas (left) and Clive Morton in a scene from Lucky Jim (1957) Terry-Thomas (Thomas Terence Hoare-Stephens) (14 July 1911 - 8 January 1990) was a distinctive British comic actor of the 1950s and 1960s. ...


Legacy

In the 1980 Rolling Stone History of Rock & Roll, writer Lester Bangs paid tribute of a kind to the group: Lester Bangs during an interview Leslie Conway Bangs (December 14, 1948 – April 30, 1982) was an American music journalist, author and musician. ...

"... Freddie and the Dreamers [had] no masterpiece but a plentitude of talentless idiocy and enough persistence to get four albums and one film soundtrack released ... the Dreamers looked as thuggish as Freddie looked dippy ... Freddie and the Dreamers represented a triumph of rock as cretinous swill, and as such should be not only respected, but given their place in history."

Freddie and the Dreamers had an unwitting role to play in rock history. In an interview, Paul McCartney said that the Freddie and the Dreamers's version of "If You Gotta Make A Fool Of Somebody" was a Beatles arrangement. The Beatles played it one night in Manchester. Next thing, Freddie and Co had copied it, and were performing this arrangement themselves. Because of this incident, The Beatles decided to concentrate on their own compositions instead. And the rest is History. The Beatles forgave Freddie and the Dreamers, and invited them to do a guest appearance in their 1964 Christmas Special. Sir James Paul McCartney MBE (born June 18, 1942) is a Grammy Award-winning English singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist who first gained worldwide fame as one of the founding members of the Beatles. ... The Beatles were an English rock band from Liverpool whose members were John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr. ...


Freddie and the Dreamers, with a few different line-ups of newer Dreamers, remained a touring band into the 1990s. They appeared with other artists from the same era such as Gerry & the Pacemakers, The Troggs and Peter Noone of Herman's Hermits. Gerry & the Pacemakers were an English rock and roll group during the 1960s, and one of the few groups to initially challenge The Beatles in popularity. ... The Troggs were a successful English rock band of the 1960s, who had a number of hits in Britain and America, including their most famous song, Wild Thing. The Troggs were from the town of Andover in southern England. ... Peter Noone (born Peter Blair Dennis Bernard Noone, 5 November 1947, in Davyhulme, Manchester) is an English singer, songwriter, Guitarist, Pianist, and actor. ... Best of the 60s album Hermans Hermits were an English rock band in the 1960s, formed in Manchester in 1963. ...


Garrity retired due to pulmonary hypertension, and died on 19 May 2006 [3]. Drummer Dwyer died on 4 December 2002 of lung cancer; Birrell became a taxi driver. Crewsdon now runs a bar in Tenerife, while Quinn lives in Cheshire and is in distribution. In medicine, pulmonary hypertension (PH) is an increase in blood pressure in the pulmonary artery or lung vasculature, leading to shortness of breath, dizziness, fainting, and other symptoms, all of which are exacerbated by exertion. ... May 19 is the 139th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (140th in leap years). ... For the Manfred Mann album, see 2006 (album). ... December 4th redirects here. ... For album titles with the same name, see 2002 (album). ... Lung cancer is the malignant transformation and expansion of lung tissue, and is the most lethal of all cancers worldwide, responsible for 1. ... Taxi Driver is a 1976 American film drama directed by Martin Scorsese. ... Flag of Tenerife Tenerife, a Spanish island, is the largest of the seven Canary Islands in the Atlantic Ocean off the coast of Africa. ... The Cheshire Plain - photo taken adjacent to Beeston Castle The Cheshire Plain - photo taken towards Merseyside The Cheshire Plain panorama - photo taken from Mid-Cheshire Ridge Cattle farming in the county Black-and-white timbered buildings on Nantwich High Street Cheshire (or, archaically, the County of Chester)[1] is a... Wikibooks has more about this subject: Marketing Distribution is one of the four aspects of marketing. ...


Discography

1963 album Freddie and the Dreamers
1963 album Freddie and the Dreamers

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Singles

  • If You Gotta Make A Fool Of Somebody/Feel So Blue (Columbia DB 7032) 1963
  • I'm Telling You Now/What Have I Done To You? (Columbia DB 7086) 1963
  • You Were Made For Me/Send A Letter To Me (Columbia DB 7147) 1963
  • Over You/Come Back When You're Ready (Columbia DB 7214) 1964
  • I Love You Baby/Don't Make Me Cry (Columbia DB 7286) 1964
  • Just For You/Don't Do That To Me (Columbia DB 7322) 1964
  • I Understand/I Will (Columbia DB 7381) 1964
  • A Little You/Things I'd Like To Say (Columbia DB 7526) 1965
  • Thou Shalt Not Steal/I Don't Know (Columbia DB 7720) 1965
  • If You've Gotta Minute Baby/When I'm Home With You (Columbia DB 7857) 1966
  • Playboy/Some Day (Columbia DB 7929) 1966
  • Turn Around/Funny Over You (Columbia DB 8033) 1966
  • Hello, Hello/All I Ever Want Is You (Columbia DB 8137) 1967
  • Brown And Porter's (Meat Exporters) Lorry/
  • Little Brown Eyes (Columbia DB 8200) 1967
  • Little Big Time/Freddie Garrity: You Belong To Me (Columbia DB 8496) 1968
  • It's Great/Gabardine Mac (Columbia DB 8517) 1968
  • Get Around Downtown Girl/What To Do (Columbia DB 8606) 1969
  • Susan's Tuba/You Hurt Me Girl (Philips 6006 098) 1970
  • Here We Go/I Saw Ya (Polydor 2059 041) 1978

EPs

  • If You Gotta Make A Fool Of Somebody (Columbia Seg 8275, 1963)
  • Songs From "What A Crazy World" (Columbia Seg 8287, 1964)
  • You Were Made For Me (Columbia Seg 8302, 1964 )
  • Over You (Columbia Seg 8323, 1964)
  • Ready Freddie Go (Columbia Seg 8403, 1965)
  • Freddie And The Dreamers (Columbia Seg 8457, 1965)

Albums

  • Freddie And The Dreamers (Columbia 33sx 1577, 1963)
  • You Were Mad For Me (Columbia 33sx 1663, 1964)
  • Sing Along Party (Columbia Sx1785, 1965)
  • In Disneyland (Columbia Scx 6069, 1966)
  • King Freddie And His Dreaming Knights (Columbia Sx 6177, 1967)
  • Oliver In The Overworld (Starline Srs 5019, 1970)
  • Breaking Out (Arny's Shack Records, AS 025, 1978)

Film Appearances

  • What A Crazy World (1963)
  • Seaside Swingers (a.k.a. Every Day's A Holiday) (1965)
  • Out Of Site (1965)
  • Disk-O-Tek Holiday (1966)

TV Appearances

  • NME Poll Winners Concert (1965)
  • Ready Steady Go! (1965)
  • Hullabaloo (1965)
  • Beat Beat Beat (1967)

References

  1. ^ Matthew Bannister (May 26 2006). Freddie Garrity. News & Current Affairs: Last Word. BBC. Retrieved on 2007-01-06.

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See also

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