It’s the thing to do, kids will envy you!
The British Invasion of the mid-1960s not only brought The Beatles the forefront of rock music as we know it, but it also bought a few other groups into the mainstream, if only for a shorter amount of time. And one even brought a fad dance with them!
Who Is Freddie?
Freddie of “The Freddie” is Freddie Garrity (the bespectacled lad) of Freddie and the Dreamers. This British band established itself in 1963, in close proximity to The Beatles’ formation, and had a number of hit records between that time and 1965. They were part of the Merseybeat (British Beat) sound phenomenon the Beatles were popular for, they hailed from Manchester and not London. Garrity, who was born in 1936 but changed his year of birth to 1940 (he looked much younger than his actual age), worked as a milkman prior to becoming famous.
Freddie and his band, The Dreamers, had four top ten hits in the United Kingdom, but as their fame declined there, they had a minor presence in the United States, riding in on the coattails of the British Invasion. It wasn’t until toward the end of their minor fame here that “The Freddie” became something.
…And Why Does He Have A Dance?
“Do The Freddie” was released in 1965 (towards the end of the group’s fame), and along with the single “I’m Telling You Know,” was the introduction of “The Freddie” dance. Freddie Garrity was known for his hyper dancing and bubbly personality while performing.
The dancer, while standing in place, extends the left leg and raises both arms, then lowers both arms, only to raise them again with the right leg. Think Jumping Jacks with one stationary leg, and you have “The Freddie!”
The dance never quite caught on, but it was recognizable whenever seen. Although Freddie made it look less like a dance and more like a full body spasm.
I first saw “The Freddie” done during the famous “Dance Patch” scene in Troop Beverly Hills.
I talk about this one alot – it is the one where Phyllis Nefler is teaching her troop how to do a few select 1960s dances…including one that reminds her of her husband.
“I know. Life is so ironic.”
As I’ve said in the past, Troop Beverly Hills is also where I first heard Dee Dee Sharp’s “Mashed Potato Time”.
And Now That You Know How To “Do The Freddie”…
Why not witness the man, the myth, the stationary Jumping Jacks-performing singer do it…while singing?
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And of course, Phyllis teaching her young charges how do it, among the others.
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And Now, You!
Have you ever done “The Freddie,” or know someone who has? Have you ever heard of “The Freddie” before? Do you feel like anyone who knew how to do it would be envied for their Stationary Jumping Jacks? Sound off in the comments below, or be social on social media.
Next week, we wrap up Fad Dance month with one more dance from the 1960s that you may recognize more than “The Freddie.”
Have a great day!