100 Great Songs From The British Invasion: 1963-1966: ‘I’m Telling You Now’- Freddie And The Dreamers.
Freddie & The Dreamers- were at best a third rate band- from Manchester, England. In 1965 they managed to score four Top 40 hits- including a #1- “I’m Telling You Now’ their signature song. Freddie was -Freddie Garrity- all 5’3” of him. The band was known for Garrity’s comic antics on stage-he would bounce around with arms and legs flying. Prior to his gig as a singer- Garrity worked as a milkman.
The greatest rock music critic of them all Lester Bangs summed up Freddie & The Dreamers well-” 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.’
Single:’ I’m Telling You Now’- Freddie and The Dreamers/ Written by Freddie Garrity and Mitch Murray/ Record Company-Tower/ Time: 2:05/ Produced by John Burgess/ Released 1963 UK,1965 US/ Peaked at #1 in US Billboard Hot 100 #2 in UK Singles Chart.
God. Awful. Freddie was a nerd before the phrase was invented. Lester Bangs was right on the bullseye. A sort of buttoned-down cheap-suited transAtlantic poor mans Sam the Sham.
but he had to be an inspiration to many- if this guy can do it… anyone can.
Idiotic or not, I kind of like this song. Although the live version with the manic laughter is less appealing than the studio version.
Oh wow. I’d never seen Freddie or his act. I’ll never hear his songs the same way again, haha. I had him categorized with Frankie Avalon and that class of music.
Agree with Diana – if I had just heard the studio version would have a completely different take. I can’t imagine what a whole concert would have been like. Another one I had not heard before
Whoa, I forgot all about this group!! It was a fun song!
I remember seeing him on Ed Sullivan or some show like that. Apalling that a record company would record these guys. Sam The Sham and Herman’s Hermits were heads above these boys. The Freddie dance lasted about 24 hours and then kaput.