Bummer. John Gourrier, better known as John Fred of John Fred and the Playboys, died today in New Orleans at 63 of a kidney-related alilment (same as Sandra Dee, except it doesn't ryhmn).
One of the handful of Baton Rougeans to ever succeed in getting a Top 40 hit, he topped the charts in 1968 with "Judy in Disguise."
He came back after the fame and glory to be the famous guy everybody back home could claim to know. I had a teacher way back when whose husband had played with John Fred. Many could make that claim over the years because he stayed active in the musical world and also found time to coach high school baseball. Most of the kids never knew he was a big shot until their parents told them.
Step aside Judy, now it's Johnny in de skies.
*nibbles at lemonade pie without any appetite*