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(Ace Records) 25 tracks with color booklet As featured in the topless dance clubs of San... more

Bobby Freeman: C'mon And S-W-I-M With Bobby Freeman (CD)

(Ace Records) 25 tracks with color booklet

As featured in the topless dance clubs of San Francisco's North Beach, 1964's 'C'Mon And Swim' marked a welcome return to the hit parade for local rock'n'roll pioneer, Bobby Freeman. Collected here for the first time are the singer's recordings for the Autumn label which also charts the emergence of a precocious Sly Stone as writer, arranger, and producer on all sides.

Bobby Freeman's C'mon & Swim barrelled to the top of the US hit parade in the summer of 1964 at the height of the San Francisco-based topless dancer controversy. After several years of Twist, Watusi and Mashed Potatoes, as well as the recent onslaught of the British Invasion, the American record-buying public would normally have rejected yet another stale dance fad, but the infectious groove of C'mon & Swim and its fresh, vital sound ensured a monster record.

It was also a welcome reappearance for the talented Freeman, whose career had ebbed and flowed since his ground-breaking national hit Do You Wanna Dance in 1958. The singer's return to chart status was due in part to the patronage of Tom Donahue and Bob Mitchell, popular SF deejays and owners of the newly-formed Autumn label, who with 'Swim' got a huge hit on almost their very first try.

This is the first time on compact disc for Freeman's classic Autumn LP C'mon And S-W-I-M and indeed the first proper overview of his period at the label. Unlike so many other dance-orientated releases of the period, all of Freeman's Autumn material is strong in both terms of composition and performance. In addition to rockers like Do The Monkey aimed at the discotheque, there are many groovy and intelligent uptown R&B productions, all handled with consummate ease by the versatile singer.

It should come as no surprise that this is due to the overwhelming presence of Sylvester Stewart, aka the young and precocious Sly Stone, as producer, arranger, songwriter and musician on virtually every track. This disc therefore makes a great companion to our earlier retrospective of Sly's Autumn years, Precious Stone (CDCHD 539). C'mon And S-W-I-M features the complete 1964 album plus all of the great non-LP sides such as Friends, Cross My Heart and Bobby's cool version of Jackie Lee's The Duck. Also included are eight alternate takes and unissued tracks - mostly Sly compositions - that provide a fascinating glimpse into the working relationship between artist and producer. We've even left in plenty of entertaining studio banter to further illustrate this point.

Cognisant of the importance of the 'Swim' years in relation to both his and Sly's careers, Bobby graciously granted a rare in-depth interview for the liner note, which is packed with photos and memorabilia from the Autumn era. But hey, hold on a minute. C'mon And S-W-I-M isn't just a history lesson, it's also a swinging party disc. So come on everybody , come on in, Bobby's gonna show you how to do the Swim...

By Alec Palao

Article properties: Bobby Freeman: C'mon And S-W-I-M With Bobby Freeman (CD)

  • Interpret: Bobby Freeman

  • Album titlle: C'mon And S-W-I-M With Bobby Freeman (CD)

  • Genre Rock'n'Roll

  • Year of publication 2000
  • Label Ace Records

  • Artikelart CD

  • EAN: 0029667176927

  • weight in Kg 0.1
Freeman, Bobby - C'mon And S-W-I-M With Bobby Freeman (CD) CD 1
01 C'Mon And Swim
02 Do The Monkey
03 Good Lovin'
04 Ya Ya
05 Speedo (The Monkey Man)
06 I'll Never Fall In Love Again
07 C'Mon And Swim
08 Walkin' The Dog
09 Work Song
10 Money (That's What I Want)
11 That Little Old Heartbreaker Me
12 S-W-I-M
13 Come To Me
14 I'll Never Fall In Love Again
15 Friends
16 The Duck
17 Cross My Heart
18 Dance All Night
19 Ain't That Lovin' You Baby
20 Every Dog Has Its Day
21 Lucille
22 Swing Me
23 Honest
24 S-W-I-M
25 That Little Old Heartbreaker Me
Bobby Freeman Do You Wanna Dance Bobby Freeman Do You Wanna Dance Still among us... more
"Bobby Freeman"

Bobby Freeman

Do You Wanna Dance

Bobby Freeman

Do You Wanna Dance

Still among us and still vigorous as of this writing, Bobby Freeman has had a long involvement in popular music that began in his hometown of Oakland, California. He was born on June 13, 1940, and grew up with his grandmother, who had been a dancer on Pacific cruise ships. Bobby joined a group called the Romancers, who began their recording career for Dootsie Williams, but left the group early in 1957. Still in high school, he joined another group, the Vocaleers, and impressed a local dee-jay, Jim Hawthorne from KYA. Hawthorne brought them to Coast Recorders in San Francisco to make a demo tape, but only Bobby wanted to take up the offer.

Bobby brought along a song he’d written two years earlier, Do You Wanna Dance, and hammered it out at the piano, making up some of the words as he went along. Hawthorne saw the song’s potential and encouraged Bobby to record it. The conga-like sound was a drummer beating on empty drum cases, and some sources say that the pianist on the session was William ‘Skip’ Rose, who later worked with Charlie Musselwhite. Bobby remembered that after he’d ended the song, Hawthorne pointed to the drummer and motioned to him to start over again. Bobby then tacked on another three verses.

Hawthorne gave the tape to veteran songwriter and Jubilee Records A&R man Morty Palitz, who was reportedly in San Francisco on his honeymoon. Palitz gave it to Jerry Blaine, president of Josie/Jubilee Records. Blaine added a few overdubs, including guitarist Billy Mure, and released the record in March 1958. By summer it was ascending the charts, on its way to #5. Freeman’s record wasn’t a hit in England, but in 1962, Cliff Richard’s revival nearly topped the charts, and in the United States it charted again for five artists (a record surpassed only by Unchained Melody). Del Shannon made a hit out of it in 1964, the Beach Boys in ‘65, the Mamas & the Papas in ’68, Bette Midler in ’73, and the Ramones in 1978.

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