Freddie Garrity, lead singer of the 1960s pop band Freddie and the Dreamers, died Feb. 19 in a Wales hospital. He was 69.

Freddie Garrity, lead singer of the 1960s pop band Freddie and the Dreamers, died Feb. 19 in a Wales hospital. He was 69.

The singer had emphysema for several years, and a family friend said Garrity had been suffering from circulation problems.

Born in Manchester, England, Garrity formed Freddie and the Dreamers in 1959, and they were signed to Columbia Records.

The quintet had several British hits in the early '60s and topped the U.S. charts in 1965 "I'm Telling You Now." Other U.S. hits included "You Were Made for Me" and "Do the Freddie."

The latter inspired a minor dance craze based on Garrity's exuberant onstage performance. The group also was featured in a number of low-budget musical films including "What a Crazy World," Every Day's a Holiday," "Cuckoo Patrol" and "Seaside Swingers."

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