BOBBY FREEMAN, the original rock star from San Francisco, died January 23, 2017 at the age of 76. Freeman had a Top 5 hit, DO YOU WANNA DANCE, in 1958. There was very little media coverage on his death, and folks are wondering if that means that the early rockers are no longer considered news worthy.
Bobby was in a doo-wop group, The Vocaleers, and one night at a Record Hop the deejay asked if he'd written any songs; Bobby said he hadn't, but maybe he should. So he wrote several tunes and cut demos of them as a solo act. A guy from Jubilee Records heard, "Do You Wanna Dance," signed Bobby and sent it to New York where professional musicians overdubbed the demo to improve the quality. The record was then released on the JOSIE label to really good reviews and air-play. He want on to have a long career as a singer-songwriter and toured widely, having another hit with, COME ON AND SWIM in 1964, during the dance craze days.
This is about the only decent clip of Bobby doing his signature hit that we could find, and it's from the Dick Clark Saturday Night Show; it opens with Dick interviewing Tony Randall who apparently had befriended the teenage Bobby and brought him to New York. They dressed him up like a Circus Ringmaster, which doesn't make a lot of sense, but then, it's only Rock and Roll. @therealdonrocks