Personalities | Freddy Cannon | Fifties | Rock

(Vocals, b. 1940)

Massachusetts-born Frederick Picariello got his nickname Freddy ‘Boom Boom’ Cannon from the bass drum sound on his hits, which began in 1959 with ‘Tallahassee Lassie’, a US Top 10 item written by his mother. His only million-seller, the same year’s ‘Way Down Yonder In New Orleans’, continued his place-name fixation, but thereafter his hits became smaller until 1962’s ‘Palisades Park’ restored him to the US Top 3. With over 20 hits by 1965, Cannon was respected, but ultimately unable to change with musical tastes.

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Source: The Definitive Illustrated Encyclopedia of Rock, general editor Michael Heatley


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