Thursday, September 29, 2016

The 2015/1967 Countdown - 09/29/2016 Update

Judy In Disguise (With Glasses), a spoof written as a lyrical parody of the Beatles Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds, was the only number-one hit for Louisana-based blue-eyed soul act John Fred And His Playboy Band.

A bit older than most of the one-hit wonders featured on our 1967's Super Spectacular Singles Superstars mix, the band had actually scored some significant airplay in the late 1950s with the song Shirley, but failed to generate much momentum at the time, including turning down an invitation to appear on American Bandstand, due to Fred's heavy commitments as a two-sport collegiate athlete.

Unfortunately for the band, that inability to generate momentum after a chart hit would also plague them in 1967.  Following the success of Judy, they were quickly branded a novelty act despite actually being a very tight, long-running performing outfit, and were never able to attract much interest from national listeners again, though they remained well regarded in Louisianan for years to come.

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