Freddie and the Dreamers were one of the few groups that crossed the gap between Manchester Beat and Merseybeat in the 1960s.

The zany stage antics and energetic dance moves of lead singer Freddie Garrity became the band’s trademark. But they produced some memorable music too.

How well do you remember Freddie and the Dreamers and the Manchester Beat? Why not test your knowledge in our weekly nostalgia quiz?

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Freddie and the Dreamers’ first Top Ten UK single reached No. 3 in mid-1963. What was its title?

Freddie and the Dreamers with Lord Bath when they performed at Longleat House, August 1965
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What was Freddie Garrity’s occupation before going full-time into music?

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Freddie and the Dreamers were the first of three consecutive groups from Manchester to achieve Number One hits in America in the spring of 1965. One of the other groups was Wayne Fontana and the Mindbenders. What was the other?

Freddie Garrity pours tea for a chorus line before going on stage, June 1965
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Which Freddie and the Dreamers’ song went to Number One in the USA Billboard Hot 100 chart in spring 1965?

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Herman’s Hermits’ lead singer Peter Noone appeared on which British TV serial at the age of 15?

Family reunion: Freddie Garrity with his Mum and Dad at home in Gatley, Cheshire, May 1965
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Freddie Garrity and Dreamers’ bassist Peter Birrell hosted which children’s TV show from 1970 to 1973?

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On which TV comedy programme did Freddie Garrity make a solo appearance in April 1974?

Pushing a cart full of scouting kit in the movie The Cuckoo Patrol, May 1965
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What was the title of the Hollies’ first UK Top 10 hit in early 1964? It went to No. 8 in the singles charts after being first recorded by Maurice Williams and the Zodiacs.

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Freddie and the Dreamers played a lost Scout troop in the British musical comedy Cuckoo Patrol in 1967. It was actually shot in 1965 but held back for two years. The Independent described it as ‘terrifying’! Which famous Carry-On veteran played the Scout leader?

Freddie Garrity, second left, with Dreamers Roy Crewdson, Pete Birrell, Derek Quinn and Bernie Dwyer, September 1963
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Manchester singer Wayne Fontana took his stage name from Elvis Presley’s drummer D. J. Fontana. But what was his real name?

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Bernard Jewry was the real name of Shane Fenton, later to become Alvin Stardust, and Richard Starkey was Ringo Starr