Judy In Disguise (With Glasses) – John Fred & His Playboy Band

John Fred 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)”.

His group, John Fred and the Playboys, was formed in 1956; their first hit single 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.

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 only had one successful record.

Fred continued to perform in bands, coached high school basketball and baseball, 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.

Judy In Disguise (With Glasses)

Judy in Disguise (With Glasses)” was a hit for  John Fred and His Playboy Band in early 1968. The song, co-written with bandmate Andrew Bernard, was a parody of The Beatles’ hit, “Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds.” According to The Billboard Book of Number One Hits by Fred Bronson, the song was inspired by Fred’s listening to “Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds” and mistakenly believing that the lyrics to the song were “Lucy in disguise with diamonds.” Coincidentally, it went on to knock “Hello, Goodbye,” another Beatles tune, off the #1 spot on the Billboard Hot 100 for two weeks in January 1968. However, it also stuck Fred with a novelty act image he was never able to shake. Nevertheless, the song remains a favorite on oldies-oriented radio stations.

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Judy in disguise, well that’s-a what you are
A-lemonade pies, with your brand new car
So cantalope eyes come to me tonight
Judy in disguise with glasses

A-keep a-wearin’ your bracelets, and your new rara’s
A-cross your heart, yeah, with your livin’ bra
A chimney sweep sparrow with guise
Judy in disguise with glasses

Come to me tonight
Oh come to me tonight
A-taking everything in sight
Except for the strings on my kite

Judy in disguise, hey that’s-a what you are
A-lemonade pies with your brand new car
So cantalope eyes come to me tonight
Judy in disguise with glasses

Come to me tonight,
Come to me tonight
A-taking everything in sight
Except for the strings on my kite

Judy in disguise, oh what you aiming for
A circus of a-horror, yeah-yeah
Well that’s-a what you are
You made me a life of ashes
I – guess – I’ll – just – take – your -  glasses

  • Audio from the 2009 Soundtrack album, Pirate Radio:

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About DJ Allyn

DJ Allyn is a burned out radio guy who went on to become a burned out sound engineer for a few Seattle area grunge bands in the 1980s and 1990s. Left the madness of worldwide tours with bands, cleaned up my act and went into the relative sanity of sound engineering for television series. Currently working as the Director of Sound for a television series being filmed in North Vancouver, British Columbia. I am always on the lookout for interesting videos, old music, and fun.

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