12/12/17: Freddie Scott “Are You Lonely For Me Baby?”
I’ve got a great soul singer for you today, one of the absolute best and my personal favorites. Freddie Scott should have been a much bigger start than he was – he had it all. The look, the moves, the voice – but he never hit it quite as big as some of his counterparts. That’s just the way of the music business, though. He passed away about 10 years ago, at the age of 74, and a lot of people still don’t know his name.
Like so many other incredibly talented artists, Freddie Scott grew up in church. Not in the South, though, but in Providence, Rhode Island. In fact, when he was only 12, he was singing in his grandmother’s gospel group: Sally Jones & The Gospel Keys. The group even toured Europe together before Freddie was even a teenager!
Later on, Freddie would study medicine at the University of Rhode Island, and then at Paine College in Georgie, but his love of music was too strong. He dropped out of med school and moved to New York, where he began working as a singer and songwriter. He had one song, “Baby I’m Sorry” that was recorded by Ricky Nelson. Scott spent some time in the military, served in Korea, and came back to the States and started right back where he left off in the music business. He got an amazing break in 1962, when he was working on a song with that famous songwriting team, Gerry Goffin and Carole King. They had written a song for another singer, Chuck Jackson, who was scheduled to record it. Freddie was there to do the demo for Chuck, but when Chuck didn’t show up in the studio, they gave the song to Freddie. He sang it and it became a big mainstream hit in ‘63. You might know it: it’s called, “Hey Girl.”
Freddie had a moderately successful singing career, and it was four years later when he came out with another blockbuster hit record called “Are You Lonely For Me Baby?” that’s running through my head today. Freddie’s always reminded me of Chuck Jackson, a guy whose biggest hit was “Any Day Now. (Don’t Fly Away, My Beautiful Bird.)”
Their voices are both on the low side and they sound somewhat alike. I’ve always liked both of them since I can usually sing along with them!
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After playing a show at The Cat’s Cradle in July, at Local 506 in August, The Carrboro Music Festival in September; and The Southern Village Green in November, the School of Rock students’ next BIG public LIVE performance will be Saturday January 6th at the Pittsboro Roadhouse.
At 1pm, its “Rock Goddesses” with Music from Stevie Nicks, Tina Turner, Janis Joplin and More. This is followed at 3pm with the songs of Led Zeppelin I and II. January 6th at the Pittsboro Roadhouse, put it on your calendar now!
The School of Rock Chapel Hill is a music school located in the 501 Diner location on Fordham Blvd in front of Eastgate, in the Blue Hill District!
Why should the kids have all of the rock and roll fun? The School of Rock Offers adult programs as well. It is never too late to learn how to rock!
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You are invited to stop in for a tour or schedule a free demo session. Their hours are Monday-Thursday 3PM-9PM and Saturday 10AM-4PM!
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AND, through a partnership with the Public School Foundation; they’ll donate 1% of their gross revenue to support music in the local public schools, so help bring music to our community and enroll today!
Sign-up at chapelhill.schoolofrock.com, or call 919-338-1011.
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