One Hit Wonders: John Fred & His Playboy Band (1968)

Judy in Disguise (With Glasses)
John Fred & His Playboy Band
From the album: Agnes English
B-side: Out of Left Field
Released: October 1967
Songwriters: John Fred Gourrier, Andrew Bernard

John Fred Gourrier was known by his stage name John Fred.  An American blue-eyed soul, swamp pop, rock and roll, performer from Louisiana, he's best known for the hit single "Judy In Disguise (with Glasses);"  a parody of The Beatles "Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds." 

According to one story, John Fred thought the lyric was "Lucy in disguise with diamonds" when he first heard the Beatles' number. But Fred said he came up with the idea while touring southern states in 1967 behind his minor hit "Agnes English."

Agnes English


He told One Shot magazine that he was looking for material for a follow up song and found the inspiration. Said Fred: "We were playing in Florida and the girls at the time had these big old sunglasses. One of the guys was hustling this chick. She took off these glasses and she could stop a clock. I said, 'That's it.' That's what gave me the idea. I said, 'She's kind of in disguise.'"

John Fred Gourrier

At first, the girl in this song was named Beverly, but Fred changed it to Judy because it was much easier to sing and went along with the "Lucy" from the song he was parodying. The lyric, "Cross your heart with a living bra" was very strange, but this was a strange song. Fred was writing lyrics while watching TV, and he cribbed the line from a Playtex commercial.

Following "Judy In Disguise (with Glasses)," Fred got a deal with UNI records, who also signed the unknown talents Neil Diamond and Elton John. His follow-up song was "Hey, Hey Bunny," which failed to chart. With his record company busy promoting Elton John, Gourrier faded into obscurity.

Hey, Hey Bunny


Covers


John Fred and his Playboy Band
Judy in Disguise 

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