“Palisades Park – Tallahassee Lassie”
FREDDY CANNON is the singer of some of the mostmemorable ’50s and ’60s rock & roll hits. He is most closely identified with his four biggest-selling singles: “Tallahassee Lassie,” “Way Down Yonder In New Orleans,” “Palisades Park,” and “Action!” Recording his first Top Ten single at the age of 19, Freddy was an overnight sensation on both sides of the Atlantic. When his debut album, The Explosive! Freddy Cannon, hit Number One in England he cemented his fame in the British Isles. Freddy was featured on all of the top television shows in America and England, including Shindig!, Hullabaloo, American Bandstand, Midnight Special, Where the Action Is, and The Mike Douglas Show. Freddy was such a hit with Dick Clark, that he became the most frequent guest star on American Bandstand. Freddy was one of the stars of the teenage cult films Just For Fun and Village of theGiants. Freddy was portrayed on the screen in George Clooney’s 2002 film Confessions of a Dangerous Mind. His music has been featured in several films, including 2011’s X-Men: First Class. Where the Action Is! is Freddy’s first book. He lives in Los Angeles.
The highest grossing movie in the country the weekend ofJune 4-6, 2011 was the super hero prequel “X-Men: First Class,” bringing in over $55 million in its first week of release and the soundtrack includes a 60s smash by rocker Freddy “Boom Boom” Cannon.
A part of the movie’s timeline is 1962. When the film’s director, Matthew Vaughn, was given a list of hit songs from that year he chose Freddy’s version of “Palisades Park.”
Cannon said “Of all the great tunes released in 1962, it is such a honor that Matthew chose mine to represent that era. My wife, Jeanette, and I went to see the movie on opening day and we were completely blown away when we discovered they didn’t just use a small portion of the song, but they played the entire record, which is about 2 minutes.”
“Palisades Park,” written by game show host Chuck Barris, peaked at # 3 on the Billboard charts. Cannon first performed the song on Dick Clark’s “American Bandstand,” which Freddy holds the record for the artist with the most appearances (110 times).
Cannon is currently writing his life story with author Mark Bego, a best selling author of biographies on rock stars. He has written over 50 of them. The book is tentatively titled “Where the Action Is,” and is slated to be published late this year.
In addition to touring many weekends throughout the year, Cannon now draws. He has completed pencil drawings of many of his colleagues in the music business which can be seen on his website.