Congratulations. You have just done The Freddie.
We here at PowerPop were sad to learn of the passing of Freddie Garrity, lead singer of the British Invasion band Freddie and the Dreamers.
Born in Manchester, Freddie - a former milkman - came to prominence in the early 1960s. He became famous as much for his zany approach to rock 'n' roll as for his music. His wild and wacky antics on stage and television endeared him to millions of fans all over the world.
Freddie and the Dreamers - the other members were Roy Crewsdon, Derek Quinn, Pete Birrell and Bernie Dwyer - had their first top ten succes with a cover of the James Ray US chart hit If You Gotta Make A Fool Of Somebody.
It was followed over the next two years by a string of hits including You Were Made For Me, Over You, I Love You Baby, I Understand and the US chart-topper I'm Telling You Now. The band also starred in a number of low-budget musical films.
Freddie and the Dreamers were one of the really, really fun bands from the heady days of the British Invasion. Like Herman's Hermits, the goofiness was part of the act. Freddie had a whole Buddy Holly thing going on, and how can you not love a band which has its own dance?
In the 70's, Freddie had one of those weird H.R. Pufnstuff kind of kid shows on Brit TV called Little Big Time. The segment Oliver in the Overworld was supposed to be exceptionally freaky.
Nostalgia shows and performances filled much of the 80's and 90's (again calling on the Herman's Hermits parallel--Peter Noone just played here in my town last week.)
Garrity has been ill and out of the public eye for five years or so, but reading about him this morning has made me pause and remember the fun of the first dance I ever learned.
Don't mind me; I'll just be over here doing The Freddie.
UPDATE: Thanks to The Kenosha Kid! (I completely forgot about the awkward arm-flapping for those *not* playing an instrument!) Do the Freddie with Frankie and Annette!