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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 Crewdson
Background information
Origin Manchester, England
Genres Beat
Pop
Rock and roll
Years active 1963–2000
Labels Columbia (EMI) (UK); Tower, Mercury (U.S.)
Members
Freddie Garrity
Nick Foti 2000
Mike Quinn 2000
Simon Clarke 2000
Alan Edmundson 2000
Former members
Freddie Garrity
Roy Crewdson
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.

Contents

UK history

The band consisted of Freddie Garrity (born Manchester, Lancashire 14 November 1936 died –19 May 2006),[1] vocals, Roy 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 September 11, 1940, died – December 4, 2002), drums.

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. Prior to becoming a singer, Garrity worked as a milkman in Manchester. [2]

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.

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 a cover version of Paul Anka's "I Love You Baby".

The group would appear on stage and perform pre-rehearsed, synchronised wacky dance routines. They appeared in four British films: "What a Crazy World" with singer Joe Brown, "Just for You", "The Cuckoo Patrol". & "Every Day's A Holiday" (U.S.A. title "Seaside Swingers")with Mike Sarne, Ron Moody and John Leyton

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 [3]

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.

"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 consecutive groups from Manchester to have Number 1 hits that spring, the others being Wayne Fontana and 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.)

At their US peak, a TV series featuring the band and British actor Terry-Thomas was mooted but never came to fruition.

Legacy

In the 1980 Rolling Stone History of Rock & Roll, writer Lester Bangs paid tribute of a kind to the group:

"... 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."

In an interview, Paul McCartney said that the Freddie and the Dreamers version of James Ray's "If You Gotta Make A Fool Of Somebody" was actually copied from an arrangement performed by The Beatles at a show in Manchester. The Dreamers released their copied version of the song as a single which made it into the UK Top 5, leaving the Beatles uncredited for their arrangement. Because of this incident, the Beatles decided to concentrate on their own compositions instead rather than cover versions. The Beatles later forgave the Dreamers and invited them to do a guest appearance in their 1964 Christmas Special.

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.

Garrity retired due to pulmonary hypertension, and died on 19 May 2006 [4] . Drummer Dwyer died on 4 December 2002 of lung cancer; Birrell became a taxicab driver. Crewdson now runs a bar in Tenerife, while Quinn lives in Cheshire and is in distribution.

Discography

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Singles

  • If You Gotta Make A Fool Of Somebody/Feel So Blue (Columbia DB 7032) May, 1963 (UK #3) (US: no issue)
  • I'm Telling You Now/What Have I Done To You? (Columbia DB 7086) Aug, 1963 (UK #2) (US: Capitol 5053)
  • You Were Made For Me/Send A Letter To Me (Columbia DB 7147) Nov, 1963 (UK #3) (US:Capitol 5137)
  • Over You/Come Back When You're Ready (Columbia DB 7214) Feb, 1964 (UK #13) (US: no issue)
  • I'm Telling You Now/What Have I Done To You? (US: Tower 125) 1964 (US #1)
  • You Were Made For Me/(B side by The Beat Merchants) (US: Tower 127) 1964 (US #21)
  • I Love You Baby/Don't Make Me Cry (Columbia DB 7286) May, 1964 (UK #16) (US: Mercury 72285)
  • Just For You/Don't Do That To Me (Columbia DB 7322) 1964 (UK #41) (US: Mercury 72327) 1965
  • Send A Letter To Me/(B side by Just Four men) (US: Tower 163) 1965
  • I Understand/I Will (Columbia DB 7381) Nov, 1964 (UK #5) (US: Mercury 72377) 1965 (US #36)
  • Do The Freddie/Tell Me When (US: Mercury 72428) (US #18)
  • A Little You/Things I'd Like To Say (Columbia DB 7526) Apr, 1965 (UK #26) (US: Mercury 72462) (US #48)
  • Thou Shalt Not Steal/I Don't Know (Columbia DB 7720) 1965 (UK #44) (US: no issue)
  • I Don't Know/Windmill In Old Amsterdam (US: Mercury 72487) 1965
  • If You've Gotta Minute Baby/When I'm Home With You (Columbia DB 7857) 1966 (US: no issue)
  • Playboy/Some Day (Columbia DB 7929) 1966 (US: no issue)
  • Some Day/Short Shorts (US: Mercury 72604) 1966
  • Turn Around/Funny Over You (Columbia DB 8033) 1966 (US: no issue)
  • Hello, Hello/All I Ever Want Is You (Columbia DB 8137) 1967 (US: no issue)
  • Brown and Porter's (Meat Exporters) Lorry/Little Brown Eyes (Columbia DB 8200) 1967 (US: no issue)
  • Little Big Time/Freddie Garrity: You Belong To Me (Columbia DB 8496) 1968 (US: no issue)
  • It's Great/Gabardine Mac (Columbia DB 8517) 1968 (US: no issue)
  • Get Around Downtown Girl/What To Do (Columbia DB 8606) 1969 (US: no issue)
  • Susan's Tuba/You Hurt Me Girl (Philips 6006 098) 1970 (The top side was written by Graham Gouldman and featured Freddy singing with the members who would become 10cc playing the music. It was #1 in France!) (US: Super K 146)
  • Here We Go/I Saw Ya (Polydor 2059 041) 1978

EPs (UK)

  • 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 (UK)

  • 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)

References

  1. ^ Matthew Bannister (May 26 2006). "Freddie Garrity". News & Current Affairs: Last Word. BBC. http://www.bbc.co.uk/radio4/news/lastword_26may2006.shtml. Retrieved 2007-01-06.  
  2. ^ Daily Telgraph 'Dreamers' star Freddie Garrity dies. 20/05/2006 Accessed August 2007
  3. ^ .Nostalgia Central 1971 - 1973 Little Big Time and Oliver In The Overworld. Accessed August 2007
  4. ^ BBC News Singer Freddie dies in hospital 20 May 2006

See also

External links


Freddie and the Dreamers
File:Freddiedreamers
c 1963 Freddie And The Dreamers, left to right
Pete Birrell, Bernie Dwyer, Freddie Garrity, Derek Quinn, Roy Crewdson
Background information
Origin Manchester, England
Genres Beat
Pop
Rock and roll
Years active 1963–2000
Labels Columbia (EMI) (UK); Tower, Mercury (US)
Former members
Freddie Garrity
Roy Crewdson
Derek Quinn
Peter Birrell
Bernie Dwyer
Alan Mosca
Pete Byng
Eamonn Carr
Nick Foti
Mike Quinn
Simon Clarke
Alan Edmundson

Freddie and the Dreamers were a British band, who had a number of hit records between May 1963 and November 1965. Their stage 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, Remained active as "Freddie And The Dreamers" until February 2001

Contents

UK history

The band consisted of Freddie Garrity (14 November 1936 – 19 May 2006)[1] vocals; Roy Crewdson (born 29 May 1941) guitar; Derek Quinn (born 24 May 1942, Manchester) guitar and harmonica; Peter Birrell (born 9 May 1941, Manchester) bass; and Bernie Dwyer (11 September 1940 – 4 December 2002) drums.

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. Prior to becoming a singer, Garrity worked as a milkman in Manchester.[2]

They had four Top 10 UK hits: a cover of James Ray's hit "If You Gotta Make a Fool of Somebody", which reached number 3 in the UK Singles Chart 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.

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 a cover version of Paul Anka's "I Love You Baby".

The group would appear on stage and perform pre-rehearsed, synchronised wacky dance routines. They appeared in four British films: What a Crazy World with Joe Brown, Just for You, The Cuckoo Patrol and Every Day's A Holiday (US title Seaside Swingers) with Mike Sarne, Ron Moody and John Leyton.

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.[3]

US fame

As their popularity declined in the UK, Freddie and the Dreamers enjoyed a brief spell of fame in the US, 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.

"I'm Telling You Now", which had been co-written by Garrity and Mitch Murray, reached Number 1 on the US Billboard Hot 100 in Spring 1965. They were the first of three consecutive groups from Manchester to have Number 1 hits that spring, the others being Wayne Fontana and 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, included diagrams from dance instructor Arthur Murray on how to perform the routines.

At their US peak, a telelvision series featuring the band and British actor Terry-Thomas was proposed, but never came to fruition.

Legacy

In the 1980 Rolling Stone History of Rock & Roll, writer Lester Bangs paid tribute of a kind to the group:

"... Freddie and the Dreamers [had] no masterpiece but a plentitude [sic] 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."[attribution needed]

In an interview, Paul McCartney said that the Freddie and the Dreamers version of "If You Gotta Make A Fool Of Somebody" was copied from an arrangement performed by The Beatles at a show in The Cavern. The Dreamers released their copied version of the song as a single, leaving the Beatles uncredited. Because of this incident, the Beatles decided to concentrate on their own compositions, rather than cover versions. The Beatles later forgave the Dreamers, and invited them to do a guest appearance in their 1964 Christmas Special.

Freddie and the Dreamers, with a few different line-ups of newer Dreamers, remained a touring band into the 2000s. They appeared with other artists from the same era such as Gerry & the Pacemakers, The Troggs and Peter Noone of Herman's Hermits.

Garrity retired in February 2001 along with his current Dreamers Nick Foti, Mike Quinn, Simon Clarke, Alan Edmundson, due to pulmonary hypertension, and died on 19 May 2006.[4] Drummer Dwyer died on 4 December 2002 from lung cancer; Birrell became a taxicab driver. Crewdson now runs a bar in Tenerife, while Quinn lives in Cheshire and is in the distribution business. Alan Mosca and Pete Byng both still tour in The Dreamers Show band. Eamonn Carr a former member now heads The New Dreamers touring band. Nick Foti is to be seen playing all Freddie's Hits and other great sixties hits along with The Kasuals. Mike Quinn is a successful solo act as is Simon Clarke who emigrated to Canada in 2003. Alan Edmondson is a proficient music teacher.

Discography

Singles

  • If You Gotta Make A Fool Of Somebody/Feel So Blue (Columbia DB 7032) May, 1963 (UK #3) (US: no issue)
  • I'm Telling You Now/What Have I Done To You? (Columbia DB 7086) Aug, 1963 (UK #2) (US: Capitol 5053)
  • You Were Made For Me/Send A Letter To Me (Columbia DB 7147) Nov, 1963 (UK #3) (US:Capitol 5137)
  • Over You/Come Back When You're Ready (Columbia DB 7214) Feb, 1964 (UK #13) (US: no issue)
  • I'm Telling You Now/What Have I Done To You? (US: Tower 125) 1964 (US #1)
  • You Were Made For Me/(B side by The Beat Merchants) (US: Tower 127) 1964 (US #21)
  • I Love You Baby/Don't Make Me Cry (Columbia DB 7286) May, 1964 (UK #16) (US: Mercury 72285)
  • Just For You/Don't Do That To Me (Columbia DB 7322) 1964 (UK #41) (US: Mercury 72327) 1965
  • Send A Letter To Me/(B side by Just Four men) (US: Tower 163) 1965
  • I Understand/I Will (Columbia DB 7381) Nov, 1964 (UK #5) (US: Mercury 72377) 1965 (US #36)
  • Do The Freddie/Tell Me When (US: Mercury 72428) (US #18)
  • A Little You/Things I'd Like To Say (Columbia DB 7526) Apr, 1965 (UK #26) (US: Mercury 72462) (US #48)
  • Thou Shalt Not Steal/I Don't Know (Columbia DB 7720) 1965 (UK #44) (US: no issue)
  • I Don't Know/Windmill In Old Amsterdam (US: Mercury 72487) 1965
  • If You've Gotta Minute Baby/When I'm Home With You (Columbia DB 7857) 1966 (US: no issue)
  • Playboy/Some Day (Columbia DB 7929) 1966 (US: no issue)
  • Some Day/Short Shorts (US: Mercury 72604) 1966
  • Turn Around/Funny Over You (Columbia DB 8033) 1966 (US: no issue)
  • Hello, Hello/All I Ever Want Is You (Columbia DB 8137) 1967 (US: no issue)
  • Brown and Porter's (Meat Exporters) Lorry/Little Brown Eyes (Columbia DB 8200) 1967 (US: no issue)
  • Little Big Time/Freddie Garrity: You Belong To Me (Columbia DB 8496) 1968 (US: no issue)
  • It's Great/Gabardine Mac (Columbia DB 8517) 1968 (US: no issue)
  • Get Around Downtown Girl/What To Do (Columbia DB 8606) 1969 (US: no issue)
  • Susan's Tuba/You Hurt Me Girl (Philips 6006 098) 1970 (The top side was written by Graham Gouldman and featured Freddie singing with the members who would become 10cc playing the music. It was #1 in France!) (US: Super K 146)
  • Here We Go/I Saw Ya (Polydor 2059 041) 1978

EPs (UK)

  • 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 (UK)

  • Freddie and the Dreamers (Columbia 33sx 1577, 1963)
  • You Were Made 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)

See also

References

  1. ^ Matthew Bannister (May 26, 2006). "Freddie Garrity". News & Current Affairs: Last Word. BBC. http://www.bbc.co.uk/radio4/news/lastword_26may2006.shtml. Retrieved 2007-01-06. 
  2. ^ Daily Telgraph 'Dreamers' star Freddie Garrity dies. 20/05/2006 Accessed August 2007
  3. ^ Nostalgia Central 1971 - 1973 Little Big Time and Oliver In The Overworld. Accessed August 2007

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