Freddie Garrity

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Freddie Garrity
Garrity in 1965
Garrity in 1965
Background information
Birth nameFrederick Garrity
Born(1936-11-14)14 November 1936
Crumpsall, Manchester, England
Died19 May 2006(2006-05-19) (aged 69)
Bangor, Wales
Occupation(s)Musician
Associated actsRed Sox, the John Norman Four, Kingfishers, Freddie and the Dreamers

Frederick Garrity (14 November 1936 – 19 May 2006)[1] was an English singer and actor who was the frontman and comical element in the 1960s' beat band Freddie and the Dreamers.

Biography[edit]

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[2]

Born in Crumpsall, Manchester, the eldest son of Frederick Garrity and Elsie Clynes, Freddie 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 comic dancing (see the Freddie) and 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 rock scene of the early 1960s.

In 1966, Freddie and the Dreamers began to gradually lose commercial ground and disbanded in the late 1960s and, between 1968 and 1973, Garrity and his former bandmate Pete Birrell appeared in the ITV children’s television show Little Big Time.[6] 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 (episode: The Return of Ricky S01, E11 (first broadcast: 19 January 1989));[9] in 1990 he appeared in the final episode of Rowland Rivron's comedy show Set of Six;[10] and, in 1993, he appeared in an episode of Heartbeat as an amatueur DJ named Tiny Weedon who in the episode plays the Freddie and the Dreamers record, "You Were Made for Me,"[11] on the conclusion of which he jokingly credits the artists as "Freda and the Dreamers."

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 having a heart attack during a flight from America back to Britain, thus forcing him into retirement.[4][12]

Death[edit]

With his health in decline, Garrity settled in a bungalow aptly called "Dreamers End" in Moreton Avenue, in Newcastle-under-Lyme.

He was married three times and had one daughter from his first marriage, and three children from his second marriage. He died at Bangor in North Wales, at the age of 69, after being taken ill while on holiday.[4][12] 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. 19 May 2012. Retrieved 13 March 2016.
    - Matthew Bannister (26 May 2006). "Freddie Garrity". Last Word. BBC. Retrieved 6 January 2007.
  2. ^ Tobler (1992), p. 125.
  3. ^ Pore-Lee-Dunn Productions. "Freddie and The Dreamers". Classicbands.com. Retrieved 13 March 2016.
  4. ^ a b c "Freddie Garrity profile". Archived from the original on 23 February 2014. Retrieved 13 February 2014.
  5. ^ "Freddie Garrity: The Ultimate Rock and Pop Music History website". Rokpool.com. Archived from the original on 29 October 2015. Retrieved 13 March 2016.
  6. ^ "LITTLE BIG TIME". Nostalgia Central. Retrieved 17 March 2019.
  7. ^ Video on YouTube
  8. ^ "Dear John-Series 2 Episode 2 - British Comedy Guide". Comedy.co.uk. Retrieved 13 March 2016.
  9. ^ "Dear John USA (1988–1992): Full Cast & Crew". IMDb.com. Retrieved 13 March 2016.
    - Freddie Garrity. "Freddie Garrity Celebrity". TVGuide.com. Retrieved 13 March 2016.
  10. ^ "A Set of Six, 6 Tarquin Shirley Stanstead Scrote, Part 2". YouTube. 19 December 2010. Retrieved 8 June 2019.
  11. ^ "Heartbeat (TV Series): Father's Day (1993): Plot Summary". IMDb.com. Retrieved 13 March 2016.
    - "Heartbeat (UK) Season 3". ShareTV.com. Retrieved 13 March 2016.
  12. ^ a b "Singer Freddie dies in hospital". BBC News. 20 May 2006. Retrieved 13 March 2016.

Bibliography

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

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