Born in Providence, Rhode Island in 1933, he moved to New York as a child where he sang in his grandmother's gospel choir and even recorded some tracks as a solo singer before entering college with the intentions of becoming a doctor. By the '60s though, Freddie had given up medical school to work as a songwriter in the city's famed Brill Building. Among his compositions were Paul Anka's "It Only Lasts For A Little While" and Gene Chandler's "From Day To Day".
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In 1963, Freddie Scott cut a demonstration record of "Hey Girl", a new song by Gerry Goffin and Carole King. The intended recipient was the hit-making Chuck Jackson, but he turned the song down. Instead, Goffin and King liked Scott's voice so much that they recorded their own version with him. Phil Spector heard the results and said, "You've got to put that out. It's a smash." "Hey Girl" was a Top Ten US hit and became a club favourite in the UK, being covered by several beat groups of the time.
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