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RIP William Shelby (1954 – 2021)

“I Don’t Want To Be A Freak (But I Can’t Help Myself) ” (1979)

William Shelby was an American musician known for his work with Dynasty and Lakeside.

Dynasty is best known for their musical composition “I Don’t Want To Be A Freak (But I Can’t Help Myself) ” (1979).

“I Don’t Want To Be A Freak (But I Can’t Help Myself) ” (1979)

Lakeside is best known for their musical composition “Fantastic Voyage” (1980).

I did not have time to research if Shelby was involved with these two recordings.

However, while researching “I Don’t Want To Be A Freak (But I Can’t Help Myself) ” (1979) I stumbled upon these other specimina of African-American musical compositions from the 1970s and 1980s that feature the word “freak” in their title: “I Want’a Do Something Freaky To You” (1975) is by Leon Haywood; “Le Freak” (1978) by Chic; “Super Freak” (1981) by Rick James and “I Need a Freak” (1983) by Sexual Harassment.