JOHN FRED and his PLAYBOY BAND

Personnel:

Not really accurate (or fair) to include Fred and his boys in a list of bubblegum groups as Judy In Disguise (and the wholly different Silly Sarah Carter!) was their only bubblegum song. It was written by Louisiana native John Fred (born John Fred Gourrier) after mishearing Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds by The Beatles. He thought "disguise" was more clever than "sky" and he was equally inspired by a Playtex living bra commercial (the inspired "Cross your heart, with your living bra" lyric, no doubt). The band didn't want to do a bubblegum song and they didn't care for the ending ("I guess I'll just take your glasses") of what ended up being their only hit song. So, why do I do crazy things like include this R&B group in a bubblegum site? 'Cause you gotta check 'em out man!

D I S C O G R A P H Y

ALBUMS:

JOHN FRED AND HIS PLAYBOYS (Paula LPS-2191) 1966

34.40 OF JOHN FRED AND HIS PLAYBOYS (Paula LPS-2193) 1967

AGNES ENGLISH
(Paula Records LPS-2197) 1967
Side 1: Up And Down, Judy In Disguise, Off The Wall, Out Of Left Field, She Shot A Hole In My Soul, Most Unlikely To Succeed
Side 2: Agnes English, When The Lights Go Out, No Good To Cry, Sometimes You Just Can't Win, Sad Story, AcHenall Riot


JUDY IN DISGUISE (Paula LPS-2197) 1967 (Reissue of AGNES ENGLISH)


PERMANENTLY STATED (Paula LPS-2201) 1969
1. We Played Games
2. Surprise Surprise
3. What Is Happiness
4. Lonely Are The Lonely
5. Mary Jane
6. Tissue Paper
7. Hey Hey Bunny
8. Who Could Love You (More Than I)
9. Little Dum Dum
10. Before The Change
11. Permanently Stated


LOVE MY SOUL (Universal City Records 73077) 1970
Side 1: The Big Show, He Was My Friend, Where Will You Be?, Three Deep In A Feeling, Sweet Soul Music, Can't Be So Bad, Back In The U.S.S.R.
Side 2: Where's Everybody Going, Open Doors, Candy's Candy Kisses, Love My Soul, Leo Our Hero, Sadie Trout

SINGLES:

Down In New Orleans/I Love You (Montel 904, 1959)
Shirley/My Love For You (Montel 1002, 1959)
Good Lovin'/You Know You Made Me Cry (Montel 1007, 1961)
Mirror Mirror (On The Wall)/To Have And To Hold (Montel 2000, 1962)
The Fool/There'll Be No Teardrops Tonight (Jewel 730, 1964)
There Goes That Train/Dial 101 (Cause I Still Love You) (Jewel 730, 1964) same catalog number?
Lenne/You're Mad At Me (Jewel 736, 1964)
Boogie Children/My First Love (Jewel 737, 1964) as "The Playboys"
Boogie Children/My First Love (Joy 1005, 1965)
Wrong To Me/How Can I Prove (Jewel 743, 1965)
Fortune Teller/Making Love To You (Paula 225, 1965)
Can't I Get A Word In/Sun City (Paula 234, 1966)
Doin' The Best I Can/Leave Her Never (Paula 244, 1966)
Outta My Head/Love Comes In Time (Paula 247, 1966)
Up And Down/Wind-Up Doll (Paula 259, 1967)
Agnes English/Sad Story (Paula 273, 1967)
Judy In Disguise (With Glasses)/When The Lights Go Out (Paula 282, 1967) Also as White, Yellow & Pink labels
Hey Hey Bunny/No Letter Today (Paula 294, 1968)
Lonely Are The Lonely/We Played Games (Paula 303, 1968)
Tissue Paper/Little Dum Dum (Paula 310, 1968)
What Is Happiness/Sometimes You Just Can't Win (Paula 315, 1968)
Back In The U.S.S.R./Silly Sarah Carter (Uni 55135, 1969)
Open Doors/Three Deep In A Feeling (Uni 55160, 1969)
Love My Soul/Julia Julia (Uni 55187, 1969)
Come With Me/Where's Everybody Going (Uni 55220, 1970)
I'm In Love Again/In The Mood (Bell 382, 1973) as "John Fred and the Creepers"
Keep It Hid/You Had To Be A Woman (Sugarcane 1001, 1975)
Jukebox Shirley/Hey, Good Lookin' (Sugarcane 1002, 1975)

Unknown Origin:
My Babe
When I Meet My Girl


LET'S MAKE A TRADE!
ANY OF THESE JOHN FRED CLASSICS I DON'T HAVE
FOR ANY FLAVOR OF GUM!
ACT TODAY!
Here's what I still need:

I Love You
I'm In Love Again
In The Mood
Jukebox Shirley
My First Love
There'll Be No Teardrops Tonight
The Fool
You Had To Be A Woman


E-Mail Andy today!
a.bergey@comcast.net

 

Sadly, John Fred passed away on April 15, 2005. I gleaned the following information from a number of on-line obituaries (thanks to Spencer Leigh and others):