David Geddes (musician)

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David Geddes
Birth name David Cole Idema
Born (1950-07-01) July 1, 1950 (age 66)
Origin Michigan, United States
Genres Pop, soft rock
Occupation(s) Vocalist, drummer
Instruments Vocals, drums
Years active 1970s
Labels Capitol
Big Tree
Associated acts The Fredric

David Cole Idema (born July 1, 1950), best known by the stage name David Geddes, is a soft rock singer who had a US Top 5 hit with "Run Joey Run" in 1975, which peaked at number four in October 1975.

Early life[edit]

Under his real name, Geddes was the drummer/vocalist for the cult band The Fredric (also known as Rock Garden) and released several records in the early 1970s, one of which, "House on Holly Road," received some airplay around the state of Michigan. He previously attended the University of Michigan. Geddes got his stage name from a street in Ann Arbor.


According to Casey Kasem's "American Top 40", David had recorded several singles for major record labels, none of which became a hit. He decided to leave the music business and return to school. David was attending law school at Wayne State University in Detroit when he was called by producer Paul Vance to record a song that Vance had written. Vance remembered David's voice from his earlier records and thought he would be perfect for Vance's new song. David flew to New York City to record the vocals for the song, and then returned to Detroit to begin his third year of law school. Several months later, the song, "Run Joey Run", began to race up the Billboard Hot 100. David dropped out of law school with just one semester to go and re-entered the music business.[1]

Geddes only had one other hit song make it into the Top 40: "The Last Game of the Season (A Blind Man in the Bleachers)" entered the Top 40 one month after "Run Joey Run" fell off the charts; "The Last Game..." made it into the Top 20. Geddes also released a single under his real name which saw significant airplay: "House on Holly Road".

"Run Joey Run" was featured on the May 4, 2010 episode of Glee.



Run Joey Run (1975)


Year Single Chart Positions
1972 "House on Holly Road" - - -
1975 "Run Joey Run" 4 12 36
"The Last Game of The Season
(A Blind Man In The Bleachers)
18 42 -
1976 "Changing Colors" - - -
"Wait For Me" - - -


  1. ^ "American Top 40", August 30, 1975