was a short-lived 1960s dance craze
prompted by the release of the songs "I'm Telling You Now," and "Do the Freddie," both by the British band, Freddie and the Dreamers
. "Do the Freddie" had been a #18 hit in the United States in 1965, and American dance craze stalwart Chubby Checker
had then made it to #40 with the minor hit "Let's Do the Freddie" in that same year.
To do The Freddie, simply stand in place; then, in rhythm with the music first extend the left leg and left arm; then the right leg and right arm. Repeat until the song's conclusion.
The dance never achieved great popularity, though a re-interest occurred in the 1980s when the song (and dance) were incorporated into a gag in the movie Troop Beverly Hills
The Dreamers' hit should not be confused with a copycat song, "Let's Do the Freddie," sung by Chubby Checker
and released as a single in 1965 apparently to cash in on the would-be dance fad.
In 1987 another song called "Do the Freddy" was released, off the gimmick album Freddy's Greatest Hits
. Complete with guest vocals by Robert Englund
as slasher movie icon Freddy Krueger
, the song also contained instructions on how to dance "The Freddy".
The Freddie is also mentioned in "The Frug
", a song by the band Rilo Kiley
(A reference made because the band's guitarist Jenny Lewis
had starred in Troop Beverly Hills
as a child). It appeared on both their debut album, The Initial......