Saturday, January 23, 2010
Jango Song Of The Day-Freddy Cannon
Album:Boom Boom Rock 'n' Roll: The Best Of Freddy Cannon
I'm not going to try and tell you that Freddy Cannon is a great singer. But the fact is that his string of early 60s hits still hold up well today. They're fun records. He was born Frederick Picariello Jr. Dec. 4, 1939 in Revere, MA and grew up in Lynn, MA. His father was a truck driver who played trumpet in local bands and Cannon grew listening to R & B. He dabbled in music in the mid-50s but then joined the National Guard and became a father. His group Freddy Karmon & The Hurricanes became a local Boston favourite in 1958 and DJ Jack McDermott became his manager. McDermott took a demo to producer Bob Crewe and Crewe turned it into Tallahassie Lassie. Dick Clark liked it and re-recorded it for Swan Records, a label he co-owned. Tallahassie Lassie reached #6 on the Billboard Hot 100 and the artist was now called Freddy "Boom Boom" Cannon. Of course the raucous sound of the music reflected that. Way Down Yonder In New Orleans reached #3 in 1959. But Palisades Park is probably Cannon's most memorable song and reached #3 in 1962. The song was written by future game show baron Chuck Barris. Cannon left Swan for Warner Bros. in 1964. By that time, the British Invasion was in full swing and except for the 1965 top twenty hit Action, he was not that successful and left Warners in 1967. This comp from Shout! Factory compiles his music chronologically. Freddy Cannon has recorded occasionally over the years and tours the oldies circuit today. Here's Freddy Cannon performing Palisades Park on American Bandstand 1962.