Bobby Freeman, a rhythm and blues singer-songwriter known best for his hit song \u201cDo You Want To Dance,\u201d died Monday, Jan. 23, 2017, according to The New York Times. He was 76. The singer\u2019s son Robert Jr. told the Times Monday that his father died of a heart attack. The singer\u2019s death was not widely reported. The singer was raised in San Francisco, California. As a teenager, he started singing for a doo-wop group called the Romancers. When the group broke up, Freeman started his own called the Vocaleers. Get weekly celebrity death news delivered to your inbox. A local disc jockey asked Freeman if he had any songs. Freeman wrote a few songs and then recorded the demos. One of the demo songs was \u201cDo You Want To Dance.\u201d Jubilee Records executives heard the song and signed the 17-year-old singer to their label. They released the song in 1958, and it reached No. 5 on the pop charts. A persistent rumor that has not been proved is that Jerry Garcia played guitar on the track. https:\/\/youtu.be\/xVff7TJzc-Q \u201cDo You Want To Dance\u201d has been covered many times throughout the years. The Beach Boys, the Ramones, John Lennon, and Bette Midler released cover versions of the song. The Beach Boys recorded an up-tempo version that features their trademark vocal harmonies. Dennis Wilson takes a rare turn as lead vocalist. The Ramones powered the Beach Boys\u2019 arrangement of the song with their punk-pop, and Bette Midler recorded the song as a ballad. https:\/\/youtu.be\/gtZX56T6Bcc Freeman was a dynamic live performer. He toured with Jackie Wilson and Fats Domino, and he also appeared on \u201cAmerican Bandstand.\u201d He had a second top-10 hit in 1964 with \u201cC\u2019Mon and Swim,\u201d which was produced by a young Sly Stone and was about the dance of the same name. https:\/\/youtu.be\/yqnodbftBVw Though Freeman did not have a hit song after 1964, he continued to perform at clubs around the country. In addition to his son Robert, his survivors include another son, Jerrald; his partner of 17 years, Michele Ellen; two daughters, April Freeman and Nichole Hackett; and several grandchildren. We invite you to share condolences for Bobby Freeman in our Guest Book.