Hello, Freddy Cannon, who was born Frederick Picariello on December 4, 1939 in Lynn, Massachusetts. A rock and roll teen idol, he got his nickname “Boom Boom” from the big bass drum-sound on his records. His high-energy sound made him a favorite in the late 1950’s and early 1960’s. Freddy has charted 23 Top 100 records on the Billboard chart.
On May 11, 1959 his first Billboard Hot 100 record entered the chart. His all-time favorite “TALLAHASSEE LASSIE” on the Swan Record label, became a big hit in the summer of ’59 running up the chart and peaking at #6. He remained on the Hot 100 for 15 weeks. Freddy’s third record became another Top 10 hit, “WAY DOWN YONDER IN NEW ORLEANS”, just missed the top of the chart, reaching #3 and as “Tallahassee Lassie”, it also had a 15 run on the Hot 100.
1960 brought more hit records, 5 to be exact, with “JUMP OVER” at #28 and “CHATTANOOGA SHOE SHINE BOY” at #34 leading the way. In 1961 he would chart 4 more Hot 100 hits, with the popular summer recording of “TRANSISTOR SISTER” at #35 leading the way. 1962 produced 5 more charting hits. In May of ’62 his classic recording of “PALISADES PARK” made its Hot 100 debut. His huge record would again make the Top 10, peaking at #3 and remaining on the chart for 15 weeks. “Palisades Park” is still one of the most requested of Freddy’s songs and remains popular on oldies radio.
1963 was not a great year for Freddy, chart wise. He would only place 2 records on the Hot 100, “PATTY BABY” at #65 and “EVERYBODY MONKEY” at #52. 1964 would find him on a new record label, Warner Records. His first hit for his new label was another Freddy Cannon favorite, “ABIGAIL BEECHER”. His hit record peaked at #16 and had a 8 week stay on the chart. One of his most requested oldies made its chart debut on August 14, 1965. “ACTION” from the Dick Clark daily ABC-TV show “Where The Action Is” became Freddy’s last Top 20 hit. “Action” peaked at #13 and remained on the Hot 100 for 9 weeks. There would be one more Top 40 hit, “THE DECICATION SONG” in February of 1966 would chart at #41.
Freddy would be back in the Hot 100 with Dion’s former group The Belmonts. Together they would chart “LET’S PUT THE FUN BACK IN ROCK N ROLL”, at #81. His album “The Explosive Freddy Cannon” is the first album by a rock and roll singer to top the Album Chart in the UK (1960).
Freddy is still performing from time to time. He is one of the best of the early rockers, his music never lost its direction “it was just good old rock and roll”.