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.