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Bobby Freeman

Bobby Freeman was a San Francisco nightclub singer who hit it big nationally with "Do You Wanna Dance," considered a novelty when it came out in 1958 because it featured prominent bongo drums at a time when a minor Latin craze was hitting the U.S. market (remember Perez Prado, or songs like "Stand by Me," "Spanish Harlem" and "Save the Last Dance for Me"?). Freeman later had a minor hit with "C'mon and Swim" and that -- along with trying to start other new dances, none of which ultimately caught on -- was the centerpiece of his club act. He performed in SF's North Beach district for quite a few years.

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Born: June 13, 1940 in San Francisco, CA

Genre: Pop

Years Active: '50s, '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

Bobby Freeman's energetic vocals punctuated two R&B dance hits in the late '50s and mid-'60s. The San Francisco performer started the Romancers as a 14-year-old and later formed the West Coast Vocaleers, whose sound was much more pop-oriented than the Harlem group of the same name. Freeman's single "Do You Want to Dance" just missed topping the R&B charts in 1958, staying at number two for two weeks (number five pop). It was one of three hits he enjoyed that year on Josie, although "Betty...
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