Bobby Freeman

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Bobby Freeman
Born(1940-06-13) June 13, 1940 (age 73)
OriginSan Francisco, California, United States
GenresSoul music
R&B
pop
OccupationsSinger, songwriter, record producer
InstrumentsVocals, piano, keyboards
Years active1958–present
LabelsAutumn Records
 
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Bobby Freeman
Born(1940-06-13) June 13, 1940 (age 73)
OriginSan Francisco, California, United States
GenresSoul music
R&B
pop
OccupationsSinger, songwriter, record producer
InstrumentsVocals, piano, keyboards
Years active1958–present
LabelsAutumn Records

Bobby Freeman (born June 13, 1940) is an African-American soul singer and songwriter from San Francisco, California. He is best known for his two Top Ten hits, the first in 1958 on Josie Records called "Do You Want To Dance?" and the second in 1964 for Autumn Records label, "C'mon and Swim".[1]

"Do You Want To Dance?" was covered later (as "Do You Wanna Dance") by Del Shannon, The Beach Boys, Johnny Rivers, Bette Midler, John Lennon, Cliff Richard, The Mamas & The Papas and the Ramones. "C'mon and Swim" was written and produced by 20 year-old Sylvester Stewart, later known as Sly Stone.

Freeman began his recording career at age 14 with the Romancers, who recorded briefly on the Dootone label. At age 17, he scored a hit with "Do You Want To Dance?" and appeared on the pop charts with various follow-ups through 1961. In 1964, he was back in the Top Ten with the dance-craze hit "C'mon and Swim", which reached Number 5. The craze had cooled by the time he released his follow-up "S-W-I-M" which failed to sell as well (#56), but he continued to tour widely over the next few years.

In 1964, Bobby Freeman played nightly at the Condor Night Club in San Francisco where Carol Doda performed her topless Go-Go dancing shows. Mainly supporting himself as a singer in clubs by the late 1960s, he released another single in 1974 on Touch Records, but it met with little commercial success. He has performed at the Bay Area Music ("Bammy") Awards in recent years.

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  1. ^ Wynn, Ron. "Biography: Bobby Freeman". Allmusic. Retrieved 13 June 2010.