Freddie Garrity, the lead singer of the 1960's pop band Freddie and the Dreamers, died on Friday (May 19) in Wales. He was 69.

Freddie Garrity, the lead singer of the 1960's pop band Freddie and the Dreamers, died on Friday (May 19) in Wales. He was 69.

His death was announced by his agent, who said Garrity had suffered from emphysema for several years.

Garrity, originally from Manchester, formed Freddie and the Dreamers in 1959. They were signed by Columbia.

After some success in Britain, the group rode the Beatles’ coattails to the United States. Their 1965 hit "I'm Telling You Now” topped the Billboard Hot 100 for two weeks.

Garrity's exuberant stage performance led to a minor dance craze inspired by the hit song "Do the Freddie,” which peaked at No. 18 on the Hot 100.

He was married three times and leaves four children.

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