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Freddie Garrity Tribute
Written by Paul Rance
Sunday, 21 May 2006
Popular British singer Freddie Garrity died on
Friday, in Bangor, North Wales, of emphysema. Aged 65, he had
been ill since 2001.
Freddie Garrity was the lead singer of Freddie And The Dreamers, and was one of the most recognisable faces of British music in the 1960s, also appearing in films, and memorably on British children's show, 'Blue Peter'.
A zany showman, famous for his eccentric dance, 'The Freddie', Garrity and his band were formed in 1959, having to wait until 1963 for their first hit, 'If You Gotta Make A Fool Of Somebody'.
Manchester-born Garrity never needed to go back to his first job as a milkman, as The Dreamers were successful both sides of the Atlantic, with 'I'm Telling You Now' selling a million and topping the US charts in 1965. Other hits included 'You Were Made For Me' and 'Over You'. As psychedelia kicked in, and a more sophisticated sound began to emerge in popular music from the mid-1960s onwards, the simple, albeit catchy songs of Freddie And The Dreams seemed passť. The group split in 1969, with Garrity going solo.
Freddie Garrity also had a spot on TV, as the host of 1970s show, 'Little Big Time'. Reforming in 1976, Freddie And The Dreamers were active until Freddie's illness struck in 2001. He is survived by wife Christine, and three daughters and a son.
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