Tuesday, February 12, 2008

Every Time a Freddie Bell Sings, an Angel Gets His Wings

… And it looks like there are going to be less aerial mythical beings. Freddie Bell, an originator in the 1950’s rock and roll movement, with hits later covered by Elvis such as “Hound Dog” and “Giddy Up a Ding Dong,” died of complications from cancer in Las Vegas at the age of 76.

Bell was performing at the Sands casino-hotel on the Las Vegas Strip in the mid-1950s when Presley was just an opening act across the street at the New Frontier. Bell's upbeat covers, and perhaps his knee-wiggling dance moves, inspired Presley, (publicist Norm) Johnson said. "He loved Freddie's version," Johnson said. "He added new words and a better beat."
Bell also appeared in movies such as “Rock Around the Clock,” until his time ran out. Join us as we say goodbye to the man who gave birth to Elvis Presley. I wonder if that pregnancy inspired him to giddy up a ding dong. Yeah... Enjoy that visual...

[Yahoo! News]

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