John Fred and His Playboy Band - Permanently Stated (Album Cover Art) - Framed Print - 16"H x 16"W
A 16"H x 16"W" framed print of Permanently Stated Album Cover Art
John Fred Gourrier, known by the stage name John Fred, was a blue-eyed soul, swamp pop, R&R and R&B performer from Baton Rouge, Louisiana, best known for the song, "Judy in Disguise (With Glasses)".
His group, John Fred and the Playboys, was formed in 1956 when Fred was 15; their first hit single was in 1959 "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.
By 1967, the band was renamed John Fred & His Playboy Band (to avoid confusion with Gary Lewis & The Playboys) and Fred and band member Andrew Bernard co-wrote "Judy in Disguise", whose name is was a parodic play on the title of The Beatles' song "Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds".
It sold over one million copies, and was awarded a gold disc. With the success of the single, John Fred & His Playboy Band was branded as a novelty act and never had another major success.