The Finch Formerly Known As Gold

16 April 2005

Chimney-sweep sparrow

This blog stuff may be the most visible section of dustbury.com, but there's lots of other material here that doesn't demand daily updates.

Except when it does. Single File, my ongoing compendium of maybe-forgotten 45s, at any given moment has two or three projects under way, and one of them was a piece about "Judy In Disguise (With Glasses)," the out-of-left-field hit by Southern rockers John Fred and His Playboy Band in early 1968.

Then came word that John Fred had died at Tulane University Hospital in New Orleans this week, from complications from a kidney transplant, and I knew I had to tie up the strings on Judy's kite.

And while we're on the subject, here's a quote from Fred himself which explains, among other things, why I write all that music-related stuff:

I can get real emotional on some songs. Like "For Your Precious Love," by Jerry Butler, every time I hear that song, something hits me. It's other songs, too. Little Willie John and Chuck Willis and those type of artists, you don't hear their songs on the radio anymore, but they were so instrumental in my life and other people's lives.

John Fred Gourrier lived sixty-three years, every one with a song in his heart.

Posted at 11:10 AM to Tongue and Groove


A shame - may his soul rest in peace.

Always loved "Judy in Disguise", and learning from your page that it was a sendup of "Lucy in the Sky" makes me like it even more. ;-)

I'll have to peruse your Single File more often, that's awesome, thanks C.G.!

Posted by: Jeff Brokaw at 4:40 PM on 18 April 2005

Don't hang in there too often. I'm hard-pressed to get half a dozen new entries in there every year. :)

Posted by: CGHill at 5:25 PM on 18 April 2005