Bobby Freeman – Do You Wanna Dance, 1970


Mr. Bobby Freeman


Listen/Download -Bobby Freeman – Do You Wanna Dance, 1970

Greetings all.
How’s by you?
By me it’s raining for the third day in a row, and I’m sitting here writing an entry for a funk and soul blog while listening to Von Suppe’s ‘Light Cavalry’. Lest you think I’m making a move into the classical realm, this exalted fare is in response to my five-year-old who was galloping around the house singing the ‘William Tell Overture’, asking if it was a real song. Fortunately I just happened to have a disc of Von Suppe and Rossini overtures on hand.
But wait!
Next time you’re out digging, and discover such a record, grab it and take it home.
“Why?” you ask, shaking your head in disgust.
Because my friends, the overtures of Rossini and Von Suppe are perhaps the greatest classical source for cartoon music, having been plundered by Carl Stalling and others and planted into decades worth of Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck and Porky Pig cartoons like a time-release culture bomb.
How many among you were wandering aimlessly in a record store or coffee house when a familiar sound grabbed your ears, only to make you think of carrots and cartoon violence? You can thank those two great 19th century composers (and Raymond Scott, among others) for making your Saturday mornings a little more meaningful.
But enough eggheadery….
The tune I bring you today is another Asbury Park 45 Sessions discovery that leapt into my skull fresh out of the crates of Mr. Pat. James Longo. Truth be told, I had been forewarned that he might attempt to blow my mind with something funky by an artist not generally associated with drum breaks and what not, but I could not have been prepared for what was about to happen.
Mr. Longo took to the tables, whipped that familiar yellow and black Double Shot label out and dropped the needle on a sweet, sweet break, followed by a truly funky update of a song from the 1950s.
The artist in question was Bobby Freeman, and the song was ‘Do You Wanna Dance, 1970’.
Now, as any record collector worth his/her salt will tell you, the world of funk and soul is riddled with such updates, in which an artist tries to play on his previous success by reworking old material and slapping the current date on the end of the title so the fans would be able to distinguish the old from the new. This scheme, more often than not, resulted in sub-par work, marking the very moment a performer sailed off the end of the world into obscurity.
This is only partially true in this instance.
Bobby Freeman first hit the charts in 1958 with the original version of ‘Do You Wanna Dance’, returned in 1960 with ‘I Do the Shimmy Shimmy’ and then had his biggest hit in 1964 with the Sly Stone produced stormer ‘C’Mon and Swim’. He moved from Autumn to Loma in 1966, eventually landing at Double Shot (home to Brenton Wood and the Count Five among others) in 1969.
‘Do You Wanna Dance, 1970’ opens with en extended break, moves on into the soul clapping and then busts out into a hi-test reworking of his first hit.
It’s definitely one of those “how did I not know about this” records, which of course is a moot point because I know about it now, and once you pull down the ones and zeros, so will you.
I hope you dig it.




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8 Responses to “Bobby Freeman – Do You Wanna Dance, 1970”

  1. Duncan Walls Says:

    I used to have a bunch of these remakes as you mentioned adn whenever possible would segue from the old to new if theywere good enough. I just downloaded this one; haven’t heard it yet…would you segue into this from the bongos of the original or vice versa? Speaking of which , do you remember a re-make of the twist called ‘Round and Round’ by Cold….(something, can’t remember the name)…it was actually not bad at all from around 1983.

  2. Andres Says:

    Got any four piece funky nitty gritty junky band? I really enjoy when you find artists redo their own stuff.

    James Brown did two versions of “Think.” The later was more funkified than it’s predecessor

  3. porky Says:

    how about this story? Bobby Freeman was touring in the early 80’s, touting his hits. My friend at the local paper does a story on Bobby, paper runs his picture and he’s a white guy claiming (obviously) to be Bobby. Newspaper runs retraction. Friend is embarrassed. Had the internet been around then….

  4. Mark Says:

    Hey Larry. Really like this, and thanks for keeping on with the excellent posts. How you manage to do it with a couple of little ones I don’t know!

    Talking about remakes, I recently came across a post of a 1967 version of “Rocking Pneumonia” by Bobby Marchan [who was the singer on the Huey Piano Smith original. I doubt if anyone could top the original, but it’s well worth a listen at [and the blog’s good too.

    Keep up the good work

  5. funky16corners Says:

    Glad you like it. I may actually have that Bobby Marchan 45 somewhere. I sould comb through the crates and do a mix of updates/remakes.

    That’s a crazy, yet wholly believable story.

  6. colin Says:

    this song is phenomenal. thank you, larry!

  7. Des Says:

    Super cool jumping track that gets the day started. And your blog is so worth it, thanks

  8. z-money Says:

    so fresh. love this jam.

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