|Freddie Bell & the Bellboys, All Flavors
In America, Freddie and The Bellboys were constantly active in traveling package shows, night club engagements, and TV appearances. They have appeared with consistent success at important locations like the Sands Hotel in Las Vegas and the Riverside in Reno. Their TV credits include Dave Garroway's Wide Wide World, and the Dean Martin - Jerry Lewis TV show. Their second film was Columbia's "Rumble on the Docks", and they were also featured in American International's Rock around the World, parts of which were shot overseas to show the fervor of international teenage reaction to rock 'n' roll. An indication, by the way, of the Bellboys' drawing force in Britain is their fee of $5,500 a week during their British tour.
Freddie was born in Philadelphia and by the time he was graduated from high school, he was an enthusiastic trombonist, bassist, drummer and singer. He worked with various combos, learning the most from Ernie Ventura, and finally he formed his own band. After gaining 22 weeks experience in the midwest at $65 a week per man, Freddie and The Bellboys won their first important break by being booked into the plush Sands Hotel in Las Vegas. Their engagement at the Sands led to their Mercury recording contract and to their first picture. Bob Shad, A&R executive at Mercury, had been sent a record of The Bellboys. He decided to go to Vegas himself to catch the act, and immediately signed them to a contract. Freddie credits much of his success since Las Vegas to the generous help he and his combo received while there, from such stars as Jerry Lewis, Nat Cole, Sammy Davis Jr., and Danny Thomas. These show business experts gave The Bellboys their time, advice and encouragement; and Jerry put The Bellboys on his TV show. The 30 weeks at the Sands established The Bellboys.
Asked by the New Musical Express to tell his fans some details about his private life and hobbies, Freddie answered: "I'm very happily married and have two wonderful children. You'll probably realize that I don't often get a lot of time to myself but when I do, I like to relax on any local golf course during the day, and then listen to other musicians in the evenings. It doesn't appear likely that I'll be playing much golf in the future, however, as there are several movie commitments lined up both for the group and myself as a single. It'll mean a lot of hard work, but it's the sort of work I enjoy".
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Source: Liner notes "All Flavors", Mercury Records