Today In Pop Music History (12-4-2015)

“BOOM BOOM” TURNS 76


He holds the record for most visits to the TV show “American Bandstand” with 110 (well, that’s what one of my sources claims). His record label helped introduce us to the Beatles…and one of his hits was the theme song from a Dick Clark-hosted TV show.
Freddy (Boom Boom) Cannon turns 76 Friday…and here’s how he got his nickname…with his breakthrough hit…
 
 
“Tallahassee Lassie,” co-written by his mother, was the first of nearly two dozen hits for Freddy in the summer of 1959. The next year, 1960, Dick Clark was looking for somebody to record a Hank Ballard dance record and give it a more pop sound to it. Freddy was among the acts considered along with Danny and the Juniors…but Chubby Checker wound up with the monster hit “The Twist.”
 
Two years later in 1962, Freddy Cannon scored his biggest hit, which was written by Chuck Barris of “The Gong Show” fame…
 
Most of Freddy’s hits were on the Swan label, which helped introduce us to the Beatles, who had “She Loves You” on that label. In 1965, the second year of Beatlemania, Dick Clark hosted the TV show, “Where The Action Is”, which was filmed on a west coast beach. Freddy scored with the show’s theme song…
 
 
In 2014, Freddy Cannon underwent major heart surgery…and we wish him well. He lives in Tarzana, California, which is only a mile or two from where I work in Sherman Oaks.
 
For more on Freddy Cannon…
 
 
 

TOMORROW:
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Preview YouTube video Freddy Cannon – Action (stereo)

 

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