Freddie Garrity

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Freddie Garrity
Freddie Garrity 1965.jpg
Garrity in 1965
Background information
Born (1936-11-14)14 November 1936
Crumpsall
Died 19 May 2006(2006-05-19) (aged 69)
Bangor, Gwynedd
Genres skiffle
Associated acts Red Sox, the John Norman Four, Kingfishers, Freddie and the Dreamers

Frederick "Freddie" Garrity (14 November 1936 – 19 May 2006)[1][2] was a singer and actor who was the frontman and comical element in the 1960s pop band Freddie and the Dreamers.

Biography[edit]

Born in Crumpsall, Manchester, Freddie, eldest son of Frederick Garrity and Elsie Clynes, worked as a milkman while playing in local skiffle groups: the Red Sox, the John Norman Four and, finally, the Kingfishers, who became Freddie and the Dreamers in 1959.[3] In the early years of the band, Garrity’s official birth-date was given as 14 November 1940 to make him appear younger and, therefore, more appealing to the youth market who bought the majority of records sold in the UK.[4][5]

Garrity’s trademark was his habit of leaping up and down during performances. This, combined with his almost skeletal appearance and horn-rimmed glasses, made him an eccentric figure in the UK pop scene of the early 1960s.

The Dreamers and I have always been daft. You couldn't call me a sex-idol, could you? Collectively, we're no glamour boys.

Freddie Garrity[6]

Freddie and the Dreamers disbanded in the late 1960s and, between 1971 and 1973, Garrity and his former bandmate Peter Birrell appeared in the ITV children’s television show Little Big Time. Garrity made a solo appearance on the first episode of the Granada Television production The Wheeltappers and Shunters Social Club singing "Try a Little Kindness" and "Good Morning Starshine", broadcast on 13 April 1974;[7] in the Dear John sitcom, he appeared as himself for one episode in both the British original in 1987[8] and the American version in 1989;[9][10] and, in 1993, he appeared in an episode of Heartbeat as a DJ, who played a Freddie and the Dreamers record, "I'm Telling You Now".[11][12]

After his television career ended, Garrity formed a new version of Freddie and the Dreamers and toured regularly for the next two decades, but no further records or chart success came their way. He continued to perform until 2001, when he was diagnosed with emphysema after collapsing during a flight, thus forcing him into retirement.[4][13]

With his health in decline, Garrity settled in Newcastle-under-Lyme in Moreton Avenue, in a bungalow aptly, and sadly, called "Dreamers End." He was married three times and had one child from his first marriage, Jackie, and three from his second marriage, Nicola, Danielle, and Matthew. Garrity died at Bangor in North Wales, at the age of 69, after being taken ill while on holiday.[4][13] Garrity was cremated at the Carmountside Crematorium in Abbey Hulton, Stoke on Trent, where his ashes are interred.

References[edit]

Notes

  1. ^ "Last footage of Freddie Garrity of Freddie and the Dreamers". YouTube. 2012-05-19. Retrieved 2016-03-13. 
  2. ^ Matthew Bannister (26 May 2006). "Freddie Garrity". News & Current Affairs: Last Word. BBC. Retrieved 6 January 2007. 
  3. ^ Pore-Lee-Dunn Productions. "Freddie and The Dreamers". Classicbands.com. Retrieved 2016-03-13. 
  4. ^ a b c http://web.archive.org/web/20140223102254/http://english.turkcebilgi.com/Freddie+Garrity. Archived from the original on 23 February 2014. Retrieved 13 February 2014.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  5. ^ "Freddie Garrity | The Ultimate Rock and Pop Music History Website". Rokpool.com. Retrieved 2016-03-13. 
  6. ^ Tobler (1992), p. 125.
  7. ^ Video on YouTube
  8. ^ "Dear John - Series 2 Episode 2 (Episode Two) - British Comedy Guide". Comedy.co.uk. Retrieved 2016-03-13. 
  9. ^ "Dear John USA (1988–1992) : Full Cast & Crew". IMDb.com. Retrieved 2016-03-13. 
  10. ^ Freddie Garrity. "Freddie Garrity Celebrity". TVGuide.com. Retrieved 2016-03-13. 
  11. ^ "Heartbeat (TV Series) : Father's Day (1993) : Plot Summary". IMDb.com. Retrieved 2016-03-13. 
  12. ^ "Heartbeat (UK) Season 3". ShareTV.com. Retrieved 2016-03-13. 
  13. ^ a b "UK | England | Manchester | Singer Freddie dies in hospital". BBC News. 2006-05-20. Retrieved 2016-03-13. 

Bibliography

  • Tobler, John (1992). NME Rock 'N' Roll Years (1st ed.). Reed International Books. CN 5585. 

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