Bobby Freeman, christened San Francisco’s first rock star and best known for his hit single “Do You Want to Dance” that enjoyed lasting success in the hands of other artists through the decades, has died at the age of 76.
Freeman was 17 when he recorded the energetic, infectious song that charged up the charts and made him a star when he was still a high school student in the Bay Area.
Over the years the song was rearranged, renamed and turned inside out by more than a dozen acts.
In the hands of the Beach Boys, it was a melodic pop favorite. Bette Midler turned it into a slow, sultry torch song on her debut album, “The Divine Miss M.” The Ramones rebranded it as a...