Freddie and the Dreamers

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Freddie and the Dreamers
Freddie and the Dreamers in 1964. From left to right, Bernie Dwyer, Pete Birrell, Freddie Garrity, Derek Quinn, Roy Crewdson
Freddie and the Dreamers in 1964. From left to right, Bernie Dwyer, Pete Birrell, Freddie Garrity, Derek Quinn, Roy Crewdson
Background information
OriginManchester, England
Years active1963–2000
LabelsColumbia (EMI) (UK); Capitol, Tower, Mercury (US)
Past membersFreddie Garrity
Roy Crewdson
Ernie Molloy
Derek Quinn
Peter Birrell
Bernie Dwyer

Freddie and the Dreamers were an English beat band that had a number of hit records between May 1963 and November 1965. The band's stage act was enlivened by the comic antics of the 5 foot 3 Freddie Garrity, who would bounce around the stage with arms and legs flying.

UK history[edit]

The band (formed in March 1962 in West Didsbury, Manchester) consisted of Freddie Garrity (14 November 1936 – 19 May 2006), lead vocals; Roy Crewdson (born 29 May 1941, Chorlton-cum-Hardy, Manchester), rhythm guitar; Ernie Molloy (born 23 May 1941, Burnage, Manchester), lead guitar (left May 1962); replaced by Derek Quinn (24 May 1942–22 Oct 2020, born in Didsbury, Manchester), lead guitar and harmonica; Peter Birrell, bass; and Bernie Dwyer (11 September 1940, West Didsbury, Manchester – 4 December 2002, Cheadle, Cheshire), drums.[1] Although the band was grouped as part of the Merseybeat sound phenomenon centered around Liverpool, they came from Manchester.[1] Prior to becoming a singer, Garrity had worked as a milkman in Manchester and bassist Birrell was a shoe salesman.[2]

They had four Top 10 UK hits: a cover of James Ray's hit "If You Gotta Make a Fool of Somebody", which reached number 3 in the UK Singles Chart in mid-1963, "I'm Telling You Now" (number 2 in August), "You Were Made For Me" (number 3 in November) and a cover of The G-Clefs' "I Understand", which hit the number 5 spot in November 1964.[1]

Their eponymous debut album was released in the United Kingdom in 1963, peaking at number five in the UK Albums Chart and reaching number 19 in the US albums chart on May 22, 1965. It was the only LP by the group to chart in America. Their subsequent four albums in the UK failed to chart.[citation needed]

On stage the group performed rehearsed, synchronised wacky dance routines. They appeared in four British films: What a Crazy World with Joe Brown, Just for You, Cuckoo Patrol with Kenneth Connor and Victor Maddern and Every Day's A Holiday (US title Seaside Swingers) with Mike Sarne, Ron Moody and John Leyton.[1]

Between 1968 and 1973, Garrity and Birrell appeared in the UK ITV children's show Little Big Time, a zany music/talent/adventure show with audience participation.[3]


In the 1980 Rolling Stone History of Rock & Roll, writer Lester Bangs paid tribute (of a kind) to the group:

Freddie and the Dreamers [had] no masterpiece but a plentitude [sic] of talentless idiocy and enough persistence to get four albums and one film soundtrack released ... the Dreamers looked as thuggish as Freddie looked dippy ... Freddie and the Dreamers represented a triumph of rock as cretinous swill, and as such should be not only respected, but given their place in history.[4]

Founding members[edit]

  • Ernie Molloy - lead guitar (March 1962–May 1962)
  • Roy Crewdson - rhythm guitar (March 1962–1971)
  • Pete Birrell - bass guitar (March 1962–1971; 1974-1980s)
  • Bernie Dwyer - acoustic drum kit (March 1962–1971) (died 2002)
  • Derek Quinn - lead guitar (May 1962–1971) (died 2020)


See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d Colin Larkin, ed. (1997). The Virgin Encyclopedia of Popular Music (Concise ed.). Virgin Books. p. 491. ISBN 1-85227-745-9.
  2. ^ "News". 15 March 2016. Archived from the original on 17 December 2008.
  3. ^ Nostalgia Central Little Big Time and Oliver in the Overworld
  4. ^ Anthony ed DeCurtis; James Henke; Holly George-Warren (1992). The Rolling Stone Illustrated History of Rock & Roll: The Definitive History of the Most Important Artists and Their Music. Random House. ISBN 978-0-679-73728-5.

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