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FREDDY WELLER

When Freddy Weller was 8 years old he found an old banjo mandolin in his Dad's closet. At that point, the Atlanta, Georgia boy found himself headed down the road to his musical destiny.

While still in high school he was a featured performer on the Georgia Jubilee, a weekly Atlanta showcase that was broadcast on Atlanta radio that helped launch the careers of other Atlanta natives Ray Stevens, Billy Joe Royal, Joe South, and Jerry Reed. While he was honing his skills as a live performer and a songwriter, the Atlanta recording community recognized Freddy's talent as a studio guitar player. Some of his unique licks can be heard on many of the successful recordings that came out of Atlanta in the early '60's, including Billy Joe Royal's "Down In The Boondocks".

On tour with Billy Joe Royal, teenaged Freddy was seen by Paul Revere and the Raiders, a rising superstar group riding the waves of Beatlemania like The Stones, The Hollies, The Dave Clark Five, etc. Freddy's very first appearance with "The Raiders" was a live appearance on the Ed Sullivan Show. He went on to perform major concerts throughout the U.S. and Europe and was featured on their weekly TV series which ran for 3 years.

Two other major things happened while Freddy was on tour with the band. He started writing with Atlanta pal Tommy Roe and Paul Revere and lead singer Mark Lindsay became interested in Freddy as a country recording artist.

With Roe, Freddy wrote two of Roe's multi-million selling records, "Dizzy" and "Jam Up and Jelly Tight". Dizzy was again a #1 record in England for two weeks in 1991 by Vic Reeves and the Wonder Stuff.

During a Raiders recording session in Los Angeles, Revere decided Mark Lindsay should produce some country songs on Freddy. Freddy's Atlanta buddy Joe South was having a pop hit record on South's song "Games People Play" but it wasn't being marketed country. So they cut what was to be a number #1 country record for Columbia Records. Freddy was on tour with The Raiders in Europe when the call came in. That same year he was voted "Most Promising New Male Country Vocalist" by the Academy of Country Music.

While Freddy continued to record and tour with The Raiders, the rigors of a dual career became too demanding. After almost 6 years with the band, he moved back to Atlanta to pursue his first love, country music. Freddy went on to have 30 chart singles and 11 albums for Columbia and one for ABC Dot Records.

A few years ago, Freddy moved to Nashville to be closer to country music and the songwriting community. Freddy's songwriting talent attracted some of Nashville's best like Spooner Oldham, Dickey Lee, Bobby Fischer, Buzz Cason, Bruce Burch and Layng Martine. Freddy and Spooner wrote "Lonely Women Make Good Lovers" a huge hit for Bob Luman and again for Steve Wariner, and a country standard with a BMI Million Play Award. It was also used in the Tom Cruise/Dustin Hoffman megahit movie Rainman.

Some of country's biggest names have recorded Freddy's songs, including George Jones ("Wrong's What I Do Best"), Reba McEntire ("They Asked About You"), Doug Stone, Vern Gosdin ("The Garden"), and John Michael Montgomery ("She Don't Need A Band To Dance"). Freddy also had the hit "Big Heart" by the Gibson/Miller Band, and "She Never Cried (When Ol' Yeller Died)" by Confederate Railroad.

Freddy Weller's Greatest Hits includes re-makes of some of his hits, "Games People Play", "Indian Lake", "The Perfect Stranger", "Promised Land", Lonely Women, and "Roadmaster" and Freddy Weller...and Then Some has new country offerings, "Your Memory Walks Through Walls", "The Little Hand", "Great American Honky Tonk Queen", and "Rock And Roll Time Capsule". All selections were produced by Freddy.

Freddy continues to travel and perform at concerts and festivals in the US and abroad in England, Germany, The Netherlands and Switzerland. 


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