Freddy Cannon

Genres: Holiday & Seasonal Pop / Rock
Descriptive "tags": rock and roll oldies rock n roll 50's freddy cannon 50s Powered by AudioScrobbler
Decades Active: 1960s 1990s 2000s
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Biography

Freddy Picariello, 4 December 1940, Lynn, Massachusetts, USA. A frantic and enthusiastic vocalist, known as the ‘last rock ‘n’ roll star’, Cannon was the link between wild rock ‘n’ roll and the softer Philadelphia-based sounds that succeeded it. The son of a dance-band leader, he fronted Freddy Karmon And The Hurricanes and played guitar on sessions for the G-Clefs. He was spotted by Boston disc jockey Jack McDermott, who gave a song that Freddy and his mother had written, entitled ‘Rock ‘N’ Roll Baby’, to top writing and production team Bob Crewe and Frank Slay; they improved the song, retitled it ‘Tallahassee Lassie’, and renamed him Freddy Cannon. The record was released in 1959 on Swan, a label part-owned by Dick Clark, who often featured Cannon on his US Bandstand television programme and road shows. The single was the first of 21 US hits that ‘Boom Boom’ (as the ex-truck driver was known)...

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