Frederick Anthony Picariello Jr. (born December 4, 1936), known as Freddy Cannon, is an American rock and roll singer, whose biggest international hits included "Tallahassee Lassie", "Way Down Yonder in New Orleans", and "Palisades Park".
Cannon in 1965.
|Birth name||Frederick Anthony Picariello Jr.|
|Born||December 4, 1936|
Revere, Massachusetts, U.S.
|Genres||Rock and roll|
Freddy Picariello was born in Revere, Massachusetts, moving to the neighboring city of Lynn as a child. His father worked as a truck driver and also played trumpet and sang in local bands. Freddy grew up listening to the rhythm and blues music of Big Joe Turner, Buddy Johnson and others on the radio, and learned to play guitar. After attending Lynn Vocation High School, he made his recording debut as a singer in 1958, singing and playing rhythm guitar on a single, "Cha-Cha-Do" by the Spindrifts, which became a local hit. He had also played lead guitar on a session for an R&B vocal group, the G-Clefs, whose record "Ka-Ding Dong" made No. 24 on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1956. At a young age he joined the National Guard, took a job driving a truck, married, and became a father.
Inspired musically by Chuck Berry, Bo Diddley and Little Richard, he formed his own group, Freddy Karmon & the Hurricanes, which became increasingly popular in the Boston area, and began to develop a trademark strained singing style. He also became a regular on a local TV dance show, Boston Ballroom, and, in 1958, signed up to a management contract with Boston disc jockey Jack McDermott. With lyrics written by his mother, he prepared a new song which he called "Rock and Roll Baby", and produced a demo which McDermott took to the writing and production team of Bob Crewe and Frank Slay. They rearranged the song and rewrote the lyrics, and offered to produce a recording in return for two-thirds of the composing credits. The first recording of the song, now titled "Tallahassee Lassie", with a guitar solo by session musician Kenny Paulson, was rejected by several record companies, but was then heard by TV presenter Dick Clark who part-owned Swan Records in Philadelphia. Clark suggested that the song be re-edited and overdubbed to add excitement, by highlighting the pounding bass drum sound and adding hand claps and Freddy's cries of "whoo!", which later became one of his trademarks. The single was finally released by Swan Records, with the company president, Bernie Binnick, suggesting Freddy's new stage name of "Freddy Cannon". After being promoted and becoming successful in Boston and Philadelphia, the single gradually received national airplay. In 1959, it peaked at No. 6 on the Billboard Hot 100, becoming the first of his 22 songs to appear on the Billboard chart, and also reached No. 13 on the R&B singles chart. In the UK, where his early records were issued on the Top Rank label, it reached No. 17. "Tallahassee Lassie" sold over one million copies, and was awarded a gold disc by the RIAA.
He stayed on the Swan label with producer Frank Slay for the next five years, and became known as Freddy "Boom Boom" Cannon, for the thumping power of his recordings. Dick Clark brought him national exposure through his numerous appearances on his television program, American Bandstand - a record of 110 appearances in total. In the words of writer Cub Koda:
"Freddy Cannon was a true believer, a rocker to the bone. Freddy Cannon made rock & roll records; great noisy rock & roll records, and all of them were infused with a gigantic drum beat that was an automatic invitation to shake it on down anyplace there was a spot to dance."
His second single "Okefenokee" (credited to Freddie Cannon, as were several of his other records) only made No. 43 on the charts, but the next record, "Way Down Yonder In New Orleans", a rocked-up version of a 1922 song, became a gold record and reached No. 3 in the pop charts in both the US and the UK, where it was the biggest of his hits. It also sold over one million copies. Cannon toured in Britain, and in March 1960 his album, The Explosive Freddy Cannon, became the first album by a rock and roll singer to top the UK Albums Chart. For the next two years, until early 1962, he continued to have lesser chart hits in the US, in some cases with versions of old standards including "Chattanoogie Shoe Shine Boy" and Edward "Kid" Ory's "Muskrat Ramble". His hits also included "Twistin' All Night Long", recorded with Danny and the Juniors and also featuring Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons on backing vocals. However, one of his biggest hits came in May 1962 with "Palisades Park", written by future TV Gong Show host Chuck Barris. Produced by Slay with overdubbed rollercoaster sound effects, it reached No. 3 on the Hot 100, No. 15 on the R&B chart, and No. 20 in the UK. This release also sold over one million copies, gaining gold disc status.
Cannon also appeared with Bobby Vee, Johnny Tillotson and others, in the movie Just for Fun, made in the UK in 1962. Although his popularity in the US faded, he remained a popular touring act in Britain and elsewhere in the world for some years. In 1963, he signed for Warner Bros. Records where he recorded his last two US top twenty hits, "Abigail Beecher" (No. 16) in 1964, and the following year "Action" (No. 13), from Dick Clark's TV show Where the Action Is, which he recorded with top Los Angeles session musicians including Leon Russell, James Burton, Glen Campbell, and David Gates. "Action" got Cannon his fourth gold disc. Also in 1965, Slay acquired Cannon's Swan recordings and sold them to Warner Bros. He appeared, along with the Beau Brummels, in Village of the Giants, a teen movie with early film appearances by Beau Bridges and Ron Howard, and played himself, and performed one of his songs, in the final episode of the teen soap opera, Never Too Young, on 24 June 1966. After leaving Warner Bros. Records in 1967, Cannon released singles on several labels, including Sire, Royal American, Metromedia, MCA, Andee, Claridge, Horn, and Amherst. In the 1970s he recorded and became a promotional man for Buddah Records, but returned to the lower reaches of the charts in 1981 with "Let's Put the Fun Back in Rock'n'Roll," recorded with the Belmonts for MiaSound Records and in 1982 appeared in the independent movie, The Junkman. Thereafter, he continued to work with Dick Clark at his Bandstand reunion concerts, and to tour all over the world. In 2002, he released an album of seasonal songs, Have A Boom Boom Christmas!!
One notable fan of Cannon's was the late Box Tops and Big Star singer Alex Chilton who reportedly had a portrait of Cannon hanging on the wall of his home in New Orleans, and had once offered the following comment about Cannon to a friend: "Freddy Cannon’s shows always worked, because he moved through life with ease."
Both sides from same album except where indicated
|Label & Cat. No.||U.S. Pop||U.S. R&B||UK||Album|
b/w "You Know" (from Freddy Cannon's Solid Gold Hits!)
Top Rank JAR135 (UK)
|The Explosive Freddy Cannon|
b/w "Kookie Hat" (Non-album track)
|1959||"Way Down Yonder in New Orleans"
b/w "Fractured" (Non-album track)
Top Rank JAR247 (UK)
|1960||"Chattanoogie Shoe Shine Boy"
b/w "Boston (My Home Town)"
|1960||"California Here I Come"
|Top Rank JAR309 (UK)|
|1960||"Jump Over" (US A-side) /
"The Urge" (UK A-side)
Top Rank JAR369 (UK)
|Freddy Cannon's Solid Gold Hits!|
|1960||"Happy Shades of Blue"
b/w "(Kwa-Na-Va-Ka) Cuernavaca Choo Choo"
b/w "My Blue Heaven" (from Freddy Cannon Sings Happy Shades Of Blue)
b/w "Two Thousand-88"
Top Rank JAR548 (UK)
|1961||"Buzz Buzz A-Diddle-It" /||Swan 4071|
b/w "Walk To The Moon" (Non-album track)
|Swan 4078||Palisades Park|
|1961||"For Me And My Gal"
b/w "Blue Plate Special" (from Freddy Cannon Sings Happy Shades Of Blue)
|1962||"Twistin' All Night Long"
(with Danny and The Juniors)
b/w "Some Kind Of Nut" (by Danny and The Juniors)"
|Swan 4092||Non-album tracks|
|1962||"Teen Queen of the Week"
b/w "Wild Guy" (Non-album track)
|Swan 4096||Palisades Park|
b/w "June, July and August"
Stateside SS101 (UK)
|1962||"What's Gonna Happen When Summer's Done"
|Swan 4117||Freddy Cannon Steps Out|
|1962||"If You Were A Rock And Roll Record"
b/w "The Truth, Ruth" (Non-album track)
|1963||"Four Letter Man"
b/w "Come On and Love Me" (from Freddy Cannon Steps Out)
|Swan 4132||Non-album track|
b/w "Betty Jean"
|Swan 4139||Freddy Cannon Steps Out|
b/w "Oh Gloria" (Non-album track)
|1963||"That's The Way Girls Are"
b/w "Do What The Hippies Do"
|1963||"Sweet Georgia Brown"
b/w "What A Party" (from Freddy Cannon Steps Out)
|Swan 4168||Non-album tracks|
|1963||"The Ups And Downs Of Love"
b/w "It's Been Nice"
b/w "All American Girl"
|Warner Bros. Records 5409||Freddie Cannon|
b/w "O.K. Wheeler, The Used Car Dealer"
|Warner Bros. Records 5434||Non-album tracks|
|1964||"Gotta Good Thing Goin'"
b/w "Summertime, U.S.A."
|Warner Bros. Records 5448|
|1964||"Too Much Monkey Business"
b/w "Little Autograph Seeker"
|Warner Bros. Records 5487|
|1964||"In The Night"
b/w "Little Miss A Go-Go-Go"
|Warner Bros. Records 5615|
b/w "Beachwood City"
|Warner Bros. Records 5645||Action!|
|1965||"Let Me Show You Where It's At"
b/w "The Old Rag Man" (Non-album track)
|Warner Bros. Records 5666|
|1965||"She's Somethin' Else"
b/w "Little Bitty Corrine" (Non-album track)
|Warner Bros. Records 5673|
|1966||"The Dedication Song"
b/w "Come On, Come On"
|Warner Bros. Records 5693||Non-album tracks|
|1966||"The Greatest Show On Earth"
b/w "Hokie Pokie Girl"
|Warner Bros. Records 5810|
|1966||"The Laughing Song"
|Warner Bros. Records 5832|
|1966||"Run For The Sun"
b/w "Use Your Imagination"
|Warner Bros. Records 5859|
|1966||"In My Wildest Dreams"
b/w "A Happy Clown"
|Warner Bros. Records 5876|
b/w "Run To The Poet Man"
|Warner Bros. Records 7019|
|1967||"20th Century Fox"
b/w "Cincinnati Woman"
|Warner Bros. Records 7075|
|1968||"Rock Around The Clock"
b/w "Sock It To The Judge"
|We Make Rock'N Roll Records 1601|
b/w "She's A Friday Night Fox"
|We Make Rock'N Roll Records 1604|
|1969||"Beautiful Downtown Burbank"
b/w "If You Give Me A Title"
|Sire ST 4103|
b/w "Blossom Dear"
|Royal American RA 288|
|1970||"Charged-Up, Turned-Up Rock-N-Roll Singer"
b/w "I Ain't Much But I'm Yours"
|Royal American RA 2|
|1970||"Night Time Lady"
b/w "I Ain't Much But I'm Yours"
|Royal American RA 11|
b/w "Red Valley"
|Buddah BDA 242|
|1972||"If You've Got The Time"||Metromedia MM 262|
|1974||"Rock N'Roll A-B-C's"
|1975||"I Loves Ya"
b/w "Chomp-Chomp, Sooey-Sooey" (By Cannon's Express)
b/w "Sugar -- Part Two"
b/w "Blankcheck's Market" (by Freddie and Connie W. Cannon)
|1981||"Let's Put The Fun Back In Rock N Roll"
b/w "Your Mama Ain't Always Right"
(with the Belmonts)Written by Joseph Nicoletti Publisher Joseph Nicoletti music c.(ascaP but never Given Credit,legal Matter is now in Court.Named also is Robert Feldman (BMI)
|1983||"Dance To The Bop"
b/w "She's A Mean Rebel Rouser"
|1988||"Rockin' In My Socks"
b/w "Rockin' In My Socks" (Instrumental)
|2013||"The Sox Are Rockin'"
b/w "Red Sox Nation"
(with Los Straitjackets)
|Spinout Records SPIN 45-028|
b/w "Svengoolie Stomp & Svengoolie Stomp (Sing-A-Long)"
|Wonderclap Records W7 1002|
"Action" is a song written by Tommy Boyce and Steve Venet, which was the theme song to the TV series Where the Action Is, and a 1965 hit for Freddy Cannon.American Bandstand
American Bandstand is an American music-performance and dance television program that aired in various versions from 1952 to 1989, and was hosted from 1956 until its final season by Dick Clark, who also served as the program's producer. It featured teenagers dancing to Top 40 music introduced by Clark; at least one popular musical act—over the decades, running the gamut from Jerry Lee Lewis to Run–D.M.C.—would usually appear in person to lip-sync one of their latest singles. Freddy Cannon holds the record for most appearances, at 110.
The show's popularity helped Dick Clark become an American media mogul and inspired similar long-running music programs, such as Soul Train and Top of the Pops. Clark eventually assumed ownership of the program through his Dick Clark Productions company.Boy Meets Girls
Boy Meets Girls was a UK popular music TV show which was launched in September 1959 replacing the earlier show Oh Boy!.
The show was presented and produced by Jack Good. Marty Wilde was the principal resident male artist and The Vernons Girls were the female residents. Joe Brown made regular appearances. Other artists appearing included Terry Dene, Freddy Cannon, Little Tony & His Brothers, Adam Faith and Cliff Richard.
The director was Rita Gillespie for ABC Weekend Television part of the ITV network.
It closed in 1960; all 26 episodes were subsequently wiped, and none survive in ITV's archive as of 2009.Carolina in the Morning
"Carolina in the Morning" is a popular song with words by Gus Kahn and music by Walter Donaldson, first published in 1922 by Jerome H. Remick & Co.
The song debuted on Broadway in the elaborate (and risqué) musical revue The Passing Show of 1922 at the Winter Garden Theater by William Frawley (who later sang it in Paramount Pictures' original version of "The Lemon Drop Kid" in 1934, on an episode of I Love Lucy, and the season 3 episode Evening with a Star of My Three Sons, where it generated moderate attention). Vaudeville performers incorporated it into their acts and helped popularize it.
Notable recordings when the song was new were made by such artists as Marion Harris, Van & Schenck, Paul Whiteman and the American Quartet."Carolina in the Morning" gradually became a standard, being revived regularly as a popular song into the 1950s. Al Jolson recorded it on June 11, 1947 and he featured it in the film Jolson Sings Again (1949). Danny Winchell had a hit with his version in 1952.Other artists to have later successes with the song included Bing Crosby who recorded the song in 1956 for use on his radio show and it was subsequently included in the box set The Bing Crosby CBS Radio Recordings (1954-56) issued by Mosaic Records (catalog MD7-245) in 2009. He subsequently used it in his album A Southern Memoir. Other notable versions were by Dean Martin (for his album Swingin' Down Yonder), Jimmy Durante, Dinah Shore (for her album Dinah Down Home!), Judy Garland, and Danny Kaye.
In 1957, Bill Haley & His Comets recorded a rock and roll version. Freddy Cannon recorded this song on his debut 1960 album The Explosive Freddy Cannon.
It was also covered by Dick Van Dyke and Mary Tyler Moore on The Dick Van Dyke Show.Chuck Barris
Charles Hirsch Barris (June 3, 1929 – March 21, 2017) was an American game show creator, producer and host. Barris was known for hosting The Gong Show and creating The Dating Game and The Newlywed Game. He was also a songwriter who wrote "Palisades Park" for Freddy Cannon. Barris wrote an autobiography titled Confessions of a Dangerous Mind, which was made into the film of the same name directed by George Clooney.Come On Come On (disambiguation)
Come On Come On is a 1992 album by Mary Chapin Carpenter.
Come On Come On and variants may also refer to:
AlbumsC'mon, C'mon, a 2002 album by Sheryl CrowSongs"Come On Come On" (Little Birdy song), 2006
"Come On Come On" (Smash Mouth song), 1999
"C'mon! C'mon!" (Bronski Beat song), 1986
"C'mon C'mon" (Def Leppard song), 2008
"C'mon C'mon" (The Von Bondies song), 2004
"Come On Come On", a 1977 song by Cheap Trick from In Color
"Come On Come On", a 1965 B-side by The Esquires, also covered by The A-Bones in 1993
"Come On Come On", a 1966 B-side by Freddy Cannon
"Come On, Come On", a 1982 song by Billy Idol from his eponymous album.
"Come On Come On", a 1992 song by Mary Chapin Carpenter from her album Come On Come On (1992)
"Come On Come On", a 1997 song by Sleeper
"C'mon C'mon", a 1958 single by Della Reese
"C'mon C'mon", a 1970 song by Slade released as B-side to "Shape of Things to Come"
"C'mon, C'mon", a 2002 song by Sheryl Crow from C'mon, C'monIl Balletto di Bronzo
Il Balletto di Bronzo (translation: "The Bronze Ballet") is an Italian progressive rock band from Naples. The band was initially formed as the I Battitori Selvaggi, and played Nato bases in Italy. Early members included Rafaele Cascone, a progressive guitarist and Freddy Cannon on drums. Cannon would later become a very successful record company executive with EMI, Carrere, PWL and join BMI as a senior executive in 1994. They changed their name to Il Balletto di Bronzo in 1969 and released two singles, Neve Calda / Comincio 'Per Gioco (1969) and Si, Mama Mama / Meditazione (1970). The albums Sirio 2222 and Ys followed, before they before disbanded in 1973.
Sirio 2222 (1970) is a psychedelic album originally released on RCA Italiana. The line-up of the band at this time was Marco Cecioni (vocals, guitar), Lino Ajello (guitar), Michele Cupaiuolo (bass) and Giancarlo Stinga (drums).
In 1971 both Cecioni and Cupaiuolo left the band, replaced by Gianni Leone (vocals, keyboards), from the band Città Frontale, and Vito Manzari (bass), formerly of Rome's Quelle Strane Cose Che. This line-up released Ys in 1971 on Polydor, regarded as one of the finest examples of Italian symphonic rock.
Written by Leone, Ys is a concept album divided into four parts: "Introduzione", "Primo Incontro", "Secondo Incontro" and "Terzo Incontro ed Epilogo".
The band released more singles, including La tua casa comoda/Donna Vittoria. Over the years, several rarities, including previously unreleased English and Spanish language singles, have surfaced. Some of these were collected on the 1990 release Il Re Del Castello.Despite breaking up in the early 1970s, Il Balletto di Bronzo continued to exert an influence, mostly on the strength of their second album. Several bands, amongst them Nurse With Wound, have cited them as an influence: The band is on the Nurse With Wound list. The album Ys has been reissued at different times in Italy, Korea and Japan.
In the late 1990s, Gianni Leone reformed the band as a trio, recording the live album Trys. As of this writing this incarnation of the band is still active as a live ensemble with a rotating roster, Leone being the sole constant.
In 2013 Lino Ajello and Marco Cecioni reformed the band but the name "Balletto di Bronzo" continues to belong to the prog trio of Gianni Leone who however, participated in the recording of "CUMA 2016 DC". After 40 years, the 3 historical elements of "Balletto di Bronzo" are again reunited for this recording project "CUMA 2016 D.C."In My Wildest Dreams (disambiguation)
In My Wildest Dreams is a 1994 Kenny Chesney album.
In My Wildest Dreams may also refer to:
In My Wildest Dreams, a 1984 book by Leslie Thomas
In My Wildest Dreams (Tom Grant album), 1992
In My Wildest Dreams, a 1999 album by Ken Navarro
"In My Wildest Dreams", a 1966 song by Freddy Cannon
"In My Wildest Dreams", a song from E=MC² (1979)
"In My Wildest Dreams", a song by Belinda Carlisle from the 1987 film Mannequin
"In My Wildest Dreams", a song penned by Don Bruner of World5 in 2000
"In My Wildest Dreams", a 2008 song by Gil SaundersList of one-hit wonders on the UK Albums Chart
The UK Albums Chart is a weekly record chart based on album sales from Sunday to Saturday in the United Kingdom. It listed only physical album sales until 2007, after which it also included albums sold digitally. The chart is currently compiled by the Official Charts Company (OCC) on behalf of the UK music industry, and each week's new number one is first announced by BBC Radio 1 on their weekly chart show.The definition of a "one-hit wonder", as given by the reference text British Hit Singles & Albums, is any act that achieves a number one on the UK Album Chart and no other Top 40 entry. Since the album chart was first published on 28 July 1956, 21 acts have reached number one and had no other Top 40 entries. Artists who have topped the album chart as solo artists but also charted as members of groups (such as Holly Johnson, Zayn Malik and Harry Styles) are exempted.List of songs written by Bob Crewe
This is a list of songs written by Bob Crewe.Palisades Park
Palisades Park may refer to:
Palisades Park, New Jersey, a borough in Bergen County, New Jersey
Koreatown, Palisades Park, an ethnic Korean enclave in the above borough
Palisades Amusement Park, a defunct amusement park located in the New Jersey boroughs of Cliffside Park and Fort Lee
"Palisades Park" (Freddy Cannon song), 1962 recording by Freddy Cannon, inspired by the above park
"Palisades Park" (Counting Crows song), 2014 recording by Counting Crows, inspired by the above park
Palisades Interstate Park Commission, joint New York and New Jersey commission to oversee parks along the Palisades on the west bank of the Hudson River
Palisades Interstate Parkway, highway running north from the George Washington Bridge in Bergen County, New Jersey to Rockland County and Orange County in the state of New York
Palisades Park (Santa Monica), a park along the Pacific coastline in Santa Monica, CaliforniaPalisades Park (Freddy Cannon song)
"Palisades Park" is a song written by Chuck Barris and recorded by Freddy Cannon. A tribute to New Jersey's Palisades Amusement Park, it is an up-tempo rock and roll tune led by a distinctive organ part. The track also incorporates amusement park sound effects, including the sounds of screaming riders on the roller coasters, and the quoting of a slower version of the "March of the Clowns", played on an organ imitating a Hurdy Gurdy or Calliope. In the song, the singer takes a walk after dark and discovers Palisades Park, where he meets and falls in love with a girl. Among the list of rides and attractions listed in the song are: "Shoot the Chute, Rocket Ship, Roller Coaster, Loop the Loop, Merry Go Round, Tunnel of Love, and the Ferris Wheel.Ron Holden
Rolan Webster Holden (August 7, 1939 – January 22, 1997) was an American pop and rhythm and blues singer from Seattle, Washington. Ron appeared on The Lloyd Thaxton Show, Mike Douglas Show, American Bandstand (with Connie Francis, The Crests, Bobby Freeman and Conway Twitty) and The Dick Clark Show. He performed at the Apollo Theater with artists Jackie Wilson, the Crests and Redd Foxx. Most notable were USO tour-stops with Elvis Presley, Pat Boone and Connie Francis.
Between 1958 and 1965, Ron Holden toured with Hank Ballard & the Midnighters, James Brown, Brook Benton, Etta James, Cleve Duncan & the Penguins, Rosie and the Originals, the 5 Royales, the Coasters, Freddy Cannon, the Crests, Marvin & Johnny, Don and Dewey, Big Joe Turner, Marv Johnson, Mickey & Silvia, Harvey Fuqua & the Moonglows, Jimmy Clanton, the Olympics, Donnie Brooks and Bill Haley.In 1969, Ron, as singer/entertainer, formed a six piece rock and R&B band: Ron Holden & Good News. Good News performed at various clubs in the Seattle/Tacoma area for about eight months. The group members were Charles Jefferson (trumpet), Bob Cozzetti (trumpet), Tim Gemmill (tenor saxophone & flute), Steve Swartz (drums), Toby Cyer (electric guitar) and Bruce Ransom (bass guitar, electric guitar, vocals). Influences included James Brown, Chicago and Blood Sweat & Tears.Swan Records
Swan Records was a mid-20th century United States-based record label, founded in 1957, based in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. It had a subsidiary label called Lawn Records.Tallahassee Lassie
"Tallahassee Lassie" is a song written by Bob Crewe, Frank Slay, and Frederick Picariello and performed by Freddy Cannon (Picariello's stage name). It reached #6 on the U.S. pop chart, #13 on the U.S. R&B chart, and #17 on UK Singles Chart in 1959. The song was featured on his 1960 album The Explosive! Freddy Cannon.The song was produced and arranged by Bob Crewe and Frank Slay.
The song was ranked #40 on Billboard's Year-End Hot 100 singles of 1959. It sold over one million copies, and was awarded a gold disc by the RIAA.The Explosive Freddy Cannon
The Explosive Freddy Cannon is the debut album of Freddy Cannon. Released in 1960, it spent one week at number one in the United Kingdom. It was Cannon's only number one album, and the first number one album of the 1960s.The G-Clefs
The G-Clefs were an American doo-wop/rhythm and blues vocal group, from Roxbury, Massachusetts, United States.
The G-Clefs consisted of four brothers and a fifth member who was a childhood friend. They first sang together in church, in their hometown of Roxbury. They were subsequently discovered by a talent scout named Jack Gold, who encouraged them to perform professionally. They began performing in greater Boston in the early 1950s. They scored two Top 40 hits in the United States: their 1956 single "Ka-Ding-Dong", featuring Freddy Cannon on guitar, peaked at No. 24 on the Billboard Hot 100; it was the first national hit for their Boston-based label, Pilgrim Records. Their other hit song was 1961's "I Understand (Just How You Feel)", which used the melody from "Auld Lang Syne", reached No. 9. The latter track reached No. 17 in the UK Singles Chart in late 1961.They continued to play locally in greater Boston, at the Strand Theatre in Uphams Corner (Dorchester, Massachusetts), and throughout the area into the 2000s.
Ray Gipson died in 2015 at the age of 77. Tim Scott died in 2017 at the age of 78. Teddy Scott died in 2018 at the age of 82.The House of Blue Lights (song)
"The House of Blue Lights" is a popular song published in 1946, written by Don Raye and Freddie Slack. It was first recorded by Freddie Slack with singer Ella Mae Morse, and was covered the same year by The Andrews Sisters.
Notably for the time, the song featured a "hipster"-style spoken introduction by Raye and Morse:
"Well, whatcha say, baby? You look ready as Mr. Freddy this black. How 'bout you and me goin' spinnin' at the track?"
"What's that, homie? If you think I'm goin' dancin' on a dime, your clock is tickin' on the wrong time."
"Well, what's your pleasure, treasure? You call the plays, I'll dig the ways."
"Hey daddy-o, I'm not so crude as to drop my mood on a square from way back......."The version by Morse and Slack reached # 8 on the Billboard pop chart, and the version by The Andrews Sisters reached # 15.Little Richard made reference to the "house of blue lights" in his 1958 hit "Good Golly, Miss Molly". The song itself was later recorded by Chuck Miller, Earl Richards, Merrill Moore, Chuck Berry, Jerry Lee Lewis, Freddy Cannon, Canned Heat, Commander Cody & His Lost Planet Airmen, The Flamin' Groovies, Mitch Woods, Meat Puppets, George Thorogood and others. A cover by Asleep at the Wheel peaked at number 17 on the Billboard Hot Country Singles chart in 1987.Village of the Giants
Village of the Giants is a 1965 American comedy science fiction film produced, directed and written by Bert I. Gordon. Based loosely on H.G. Wells's book The Food of the Gods and How It Came to Earth, it has elements of the beach party film genre. The story concerns a gang of rebellious youngsters who gain access to a chemical substance called "Goo", which causes living things to grow to gigantic proportions. The cast is comprised almost entirely of teenaged actors and young adults portraying teenagers. Also making musical guest appearances are The Beau Brummels, Freddy Cannon, and Mike Clifford.