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Judy in Disguise (With Glasses) – John Fred and his Playboy Band

Judy in Disguise is a one-hit wonder from John Fred and HIs Playboy Band from 1968Three minutes of pure poppy bliss. That’s what I hear in “Judy in Disguise (With Glasses) by John Fred and his Playboy Band.”

I also hear a clear and obvious reference to “Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds.” Try it yourself. Judy in disguise for Lucy in the Sky. Fits pretty well, right?

That’s intentional. John Fred heard The Beatles’ hit song and was convinced John Lennon was singing “Judy in the Sky with Diamonds.”

Since Fred was obviously wrong (he confirmed his misheard lyric when he consulted the lyrics and back sleeve of Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band), it was clear he had to take matters into his own hands.

So he and band mate Andrew Bernard (no, not the same guy from NBC’s The Office TV series, this was 1967 after all) righted this wrong by writing their own song titled “Judy in Disguise (With Glasses).”

Listeners gobbled up the song, and “Judy in Disguise (With Glasses)” by John Fred and his Playboy Band hit #1 on the Billboard Top 40 in 1968. That turned John Fred and his Playboy Band into 1960s one-hit wonders.

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In a bit of an ironic twist, “Judy in Disguise (With Glasses) unseated “Hello, Goodbye” by The Beatles from the top spot on the Billboard charts. Serves the Fab Four right, I believe.

John Fred kept writing songs and performing music, releasing his last record in 2002. He died in 2005.

Celebrate this song. It’s a great example of bubblegum rock. You might even peg it as a novelty song. But I think it’s a perfectly poppy and agreeable one-hit wonder.

Listen to Judy in Disguise (With Glasses)” by John Fred and his Playboy Band

Love the horns on this live version of Judy in Disguise

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