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Do You Want to Dance

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This precocious pop star had his first vocal group at age 14 and his first smash at 17. Do You Want to Dance went Top 10 pop and R&B in '58; it's followed here by 11 other classics of rockin' R&B: Bobby's hits Betty Lou Got a New Pair of Shoes; C'mon and Swim; S-W-I-M; Ebb Tide; Mary Ann Thomas; Need Your Love , and more!
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (November 25, 1991)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Collectables
  • ASIN: B0000008S6
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #158,147 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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By George O'Leary TOP 500 REVIEWER on August 5, 2007
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Bobby Freeman's self-penned Do You Want To Dance (sometimes shown as Do You Wanna Dance) got many teenagers doing "the twist" long before Hank Ballard, and then Chubby Checker, introduced it officially with their hit records in 1959 and 1960.

When, in June of 1958, his first big hit (b/w Big Fat Woman) went to # 5 Billboard Hot 100 and # 2 R&B, little did he realize that it would be resurrected several times over the next two decades (Del Shannon - # 43 Hot 100 in 1964; The Beach Boys - # 12 Hot 100 in 1965; The Mamas & The Papas - # 76 Hot 100 in 1968; and Bette Midler - # 8 Adult Contemporary and # 17 Hot 100 in 1973).

Born on June 13, 1940 in San Francisco, Freeman had actually started out in 1954 with a group known as The Romancers who cut several unsuccessful sides with the Dootone label. He also formed a West Coast group called The Vocaleers, but this was not the same group that had the 1953 hit Is It A Dream?

Following his first big hit as a solo artist on the Josie label, he came right back in August 1958 with Betty Lou's Got A New Pair Of Shoes, taking it to # 20 R&B and # 37 Hot 100 b/w Starlight.

For his next release, which hit its peak around Christmas, he departed from the frantic rocker bits to offer the tender Need Your Love in which he hints at a Sam Cooke-like quality (# 29 R&B/# 54 Hot 100), although the flipside, Shame On You Miss Johnson, was just as torrid as his initial releases.

1959 proved to be a bit of a struggle, however, with only Mary Ann Thomas (# 90 Hot 100 in June b/w Love Me) and Ebb Tide (# 93 Hot 100 in December b/w Sinbad) doing anything.
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Where is the "orginal" version of C'mon and Swim with the 'organ riff' bridge that make the marriage of the brass section and the organ riff so successful and such a classic. The version included in this CD is identical to the original without the organ riff. Can anyone tell me which Bobby Freeman cd contains that version? By the way, C'mon and Swim Pt.2 would have made a nice addtion to this classic cd. Nonetheless, like any collector, this quest continues, till it's replaced by another urgent aquisition in the effort to complete the collection of the most powerful decade in music.
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Before the Beatles arrived, there was a period during the early 1960s that many view as relatively barren from a rock music perspective. I recall those years well, but there were still a lot of songs, especially on the Cameo-Parkway label, that were just fine if you could dance. This was an era in which "record hops" were popular. Teenagers would go to a gymnasium or fire hall and dance to tunes such as "Mashed Potato Time" by Dee Dee Sharp. If you could dance (I certainly can't), it was a lot of fun. And, if you couldn't dance, there were TV dance shows that were a joy to watch. There's a pleasing aesthetic in observing people who have the coordination to move gracefully to the music.

This CD has a few decent dance tunes, among them the Bobby Freeman hit, "C'mon and Swim." There are a couple of nice youtube videos associated with this song. One features 1959 Miss America, Mary Ann Mobley, in all of her adorable cuteness, dancing with some guy in a turban. Another features five women (in dresses, not bikinis) dancing beautifully to this song (although the music track might not match the actual dance). Their foot movements seem professional and it's a lot of fun to watch. This was an era in which people danced to simple music such as that which is on this CD (the frug, the hully gully, the watusi, the mashed potatos, the jerk, the swim, the stroll, and so on are examples of the dances of that time period). People wanted to have a good time. And, that is what is on this CD. It's never going to be John Coltrane or the Modern Jazz Quartet. But, who cares? For those who simply want to relax and enjoy the beat, this CD is a worthwhile investment in a time that has, unfortunately, passed. The girls generally danced better than the boys. (We wouldn't admit it, but they could jump rope and we couldn't). If your musical tastes are undemanding, you might find that this CD will bring a smile to your face.
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Bobby Freeman really rocks. The rockers were great but the surprise for me was his beautiful voice on the ballads, Wow, Jackie Wilson and Johnny Ace territory. Bobby Freeman should get a little more acclaim for his great contribution to rock n roll. Also Sly Stones production on a few songs is an interesting look into Sly's early days.
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Whenever I hear this rockin cat he reminds me of the great Buddy Holly. That same kind of tone and energy without the hiccups of course. This is a great cd and he should've been a bigger star and should be remembered a whole lot better on today's Oldies stations regardless of what music research or some consultant infactuates.
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