Freddy Cannon

Freddy “Boom Boom” Cannon is an American singer. Freddy Cannon was most famous in the early 1960s. His he a number of hit records.

Freddy Cannon "Tallahassie Lassie"

Freddy Picariello was born in Revere, Massachusetts and later moved to Lynn. He grew up listening to rhythm and blues music and learned to play the guitar. He made his recording debut in 1958 and had local hits with the Spindrifts and the G-Clefs. Inspired by Chuck Berry, Bo Diddley, and Little Richard, he formed his own group called Freddy Karmon & the Hurricanes and became a regular on a local TV dance show. 

In 1958, he signed a management contract and prepared a new song, which was eventually released as “Tallahassee Lassie” by Swan Records. The song became a hit, reaching No. 6 on the Billboard Hot 100. Freddy Cannon continued to release successful records and had numerous appearances on American Bandstand. His hit songs included “Way Down Yonder in New Orleans,” “Palisades Park,” and “Action.” He also appeared in movies and toured in Britain. In the 1970s, he became a promotional man for Buddah Records and in 1981, he had a charting single with the Belmonts. 

He continued to perform and tour, releasing an album of seasonal songs in 2002. He currently resides in Tarzana, California and still performs at various venues. Freddy Cannon’s shows were admired by fellow musician Alex Chilton, who described him as someone who moved through life with ease.

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