John Fred (b. John Fred Gourrier, 8 May 1941, Baton Rouge, Louisiana, USA, d. 15 April 2005, New Orleans, Louisiana, USA) was a 6 foot 5 inch, blue-eyed soul singer who originally formed John Fred And The Playboys in 1956. This unit made their first record (â€˜Shirleyâ€™) two years later with Fats Dominoâ€™s backing group. During the early 60s various versions of the Playboys recorded for small independent record labels such as Jewel and N-Joy, and eventually became known as John Fred And His Playboy Band. It was not until the end of 1967 that success finally came with the international hit, â€˜Judy In Disguise (With Glasses)â€™. An amusing satire on the Beatlesâ€™ â€˜Lucy In The Sky With Diamondsâ€™, the single beat off a rival version by Amboy Dukes. Unfortunately this meant the Playboy Band were unfairly perceived as a novelty group, when in fact they were a tight, well organized and long-serving unit. Fredâ€™s blue-eyed soul vocals were most evident on Agnes English, which included a rasping version of â€˜She Shot A Hole In My Soulâ€™. By the end of the 60s the band had split-up, with Fred going on to record with a new group and work as a producer for RCS in Baton Rouge.Portions of Content Provided by Rovi Corporation.
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