This R&B singer formed the vocal group The Romancers at age 14, and later formed the Vocaleers, but he had his biggest successes as a solo artist. "Do You Want To Dance" (later remade countless times) and "C'mon and Swim" both hit the Top 10. They're the centerpieces of this danceable hits collection.
1.Do You Want To Dance
2.Betty Lou's Got A New Pair Of Shoes
4.Mary Ann Thomas
5.Need Your Love
7.C'mon And Swim
9.Little Girl Don't You Understand
10.Big Fat Woman
11.She Said She Wants To Dance
12.Shame On You Miss Johnson
Includes original release liner notes by Mort Goode.
Bobby Freeman's Do You Wanna Dance? has both of the rock & roll wild man's hits: 1958's "Do You Wanna Dance?" and 1964's Sly Stone-produced "C'Mon & Swim." The rest of the disc is padded out with ballads ("Ebb Tide," "Need Your Love," "My Guardian Angel"), carbon-copy follow-ups to his two hits ("She Said She Wants to Dance," "S-W-I-M"), and some fine rockers ("Mary Lou Got a New Pair of Shoes," "Mary Ann Thomas," "The Mess Around"). It feels skimpy (and indeed replaces an earlier collection of the same name on Collectables that had 12 tracks), but unless you are a budding Freeman fanatic, it should be enough. ~ Tim Sendra