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Encyclopedia > John Fred

John Fred (born John Fred Gourrier, May 8, 1941April 14, 2005) was a blue-eyed soul, Cajun "swamp pop" and bubble-gum pop performer from Baton Rouge, Louisiana, best known for the song "Judy in Disguise (With Glasses)". May 8 is the 128th day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar (129th in leap years). ... For the movie, see 1941 (film) 1941 (MCMXLI) was a common year starting on Wednesday (the link is to a full 1941 calendar). ... April 14 is the 104th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (105th in leap years). ... 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Blue-eyed soul is a term used to describe soul music performed by white people. ... To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article or section may require cleanup. ... For Popular music (music that is popular, rather than of a specific genre or style), see Popular music. ... Bubblegum pop (bubblegum rock, bubblegum music) is a genre of popular music and rock and roll. ... Motto: Authentic Louisiana at every turn Nickname: Red Stick Map Political Statistics Founded 1699 Incorporated 16 January 1817 Mayor Melvin Kip Holden Geographic Statistics Area  - Total  - Land  - Water 204. ...


His group John Fred and the Playboys were formed in 1956; their first hit was 1958's "Shirley". He appeared on Alan Freed's show, but when Dick Clark asked him to sing on American Bandstand, Fred had to turn him down because he had to play in a basketball game. 1956 (MCMLVI) was a leap year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... 1958 (MCMLVIII) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Alan Freed (December 15, 1922 – January 20, 1965) was an American disc-jockey (DJ), who became internationally known for promoting African-American Rhythm and Blues (R&B) music on the radio in the United States and Europe under the name of Rock and Roll. ... Dick Clark, (born Richard Wagstaff Clark November 30, 1929) is an American television personality and businessman, best known for hosting long-running shows such as American Bandstand, The $10,000 Pyramid, and Dick Clarks New Years Rockin Eve. ... To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article or section may require cleanup. ... Sara Giauro shoots a three-point shot, FIBA Europe Cup for Women Finals 2005 For other uses, see Basketball (disambiguation). ...


In 1967 Fred and band member Andrew Bernard co-wrote "Judy in Disguise", a parody of the popular Beatles song "Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds". The song became enormously successful, ultimately knocking another Beatles song ("Hello Goodbye") out of the #1 chart position for two weeks in January 1968. Although Fred actually had a well-rehearsed and talented group honed by years on the road, now known as John Fred & His Playboy Band, he was branded as a "novelty act" and never had another success. Only after years of struggles did Fred obtain full legal rights to "Judy in Disguise" and its royalties. 1967 (MCMLXVII) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar (the link is to a full 1967 calendar). ... The Beatles appeared on The Ed Sullivan Show in 1964 as part of their first tour of the United States, promoting their first hit single there, I Want To Hold Your Hand. ... Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds is a song written mostly by John Lennon (with some material by Paul McCartney) in 1967 and recorded by The Beatles for their album, Sgt. ... Hello Goodbye is a 1967 song by The Beatles. ... 1968 (MCMLXVIII) was a leap year starting on Monday (the link is to a full 1968 calendar). ...


John Fred continued to perform in bands, coached high school basketball, remained a fixture at concerts and shows in his hometown, and hosted a popular local radio show, The Roots of Rock 'n' Roll. In 2002 he released his final album, Somebody's Knockin. In 2004 his health began to fail and he received a kidney transplant. Complications ensued, culminating in a long hospital stay, and finally, death in 2005. Fred was survived by his wife, Sandra, and a son. For the Cusco album, see 2002 (album). ... 2004 (MMIV) was a leap year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ...


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  • http://www.cajunculture.com/People/fredjohn.htm

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John Fred & His Playboy Band (460 words)
John Fred & His Playboy Band had a regional following in the South and broke through with a number one hit early in 1968, although it proved to be the band's only top forty entry.
John Fred Gourrier was born in 1941 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.
John Fred suffered from kidney problems and died at Tulane Hospital in New Orleans on April 15, 2005.
John Fred at AllExperts (342 words)
John Fred (born John Fred Gourrier, May 8, 1941 – April 14, 2005) was a blue-eyed soul, Cajun "swamp pop" and bubble-gum pop performer from Baton Rouge, Louisiana, best known for the song "Judy in Disguise (With Glasses)".
Although Fred actually had a well-rehearsed and talented group honed by years on the road, now known as John Fred & His Playboy Band, he was branded as a "novelty act" and never had another success.
John Fred continued to perform in bands, coached high school basketball, remained a fixture at concerts and shows in his hometown, and hosted a popular local radio show, The Roots of Rock 'n' Roll.
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