Judy in Disguise (With Glasses)

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"Judy in Disguise (With Glasses)"
Judy in Disguise (With Glasses) - John Fred & His Playboy Band.jpg
Single by John Fred & His Playboy Band
from the album Agnes English
B-side"Out of Left Field"
ReleasedOctober 1967
GenrePop rock
Length2:55
LabelPaula Records
Songwriter(s)John Fred Gourrier, Andrew Bernard
Producer(s)John Fred Gourrier, Andrew Bernard

"Judy in Disguise (With Glasses)" is a song that was a hit for the Louisiana-based John Fred & His Playboy Band in late 1967. The song was jointly written and composed by Fred and bandmate Andrew Bernard.

Arrangements and content[edit]

The song features strings, brass, a sitar, piano, bass, guitar, drums, breathing sounds, and dissonant string sounds. Its title is a play on, and a mondegreen of, the Beatles song "Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds." (Fred thought the lyrics were "Lucy in disguise with diamonds" when he first heard the selection.)[1][2]

The other members of the Playboy Band did not like the unusual slow abrupt ending with Fred intoning the final line, "I guess I'll just take your glasses."[3]

Chart performance[edit]

In January 1968, the song reached #1 in the U.S. and became a gold record. It also hit #1 in Germany,[4] and Switzerland,[5] and #3 in Canada,[6] United Kingdom, and Ireland.[7]

Cover versions[edit]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ Kasser, Tom (July 2013). Lucy in the Mind of Lennon. Oxford: Oxford University Press. ISBN 978-0-19-974760-3.
  2. ^ "Seven things you didn't know about "Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds"". blog.oup.com. Oxford University Press. July 9, 2013. Retrieved November 29, 2015.
  3. ^ Bronson, Fred. Billboard Book of Number One Songs.
  4. ^ Ehnert, Günter (1999). HIT BILANZ Deutsche Chart Singles 1956-1980. ISBN 3-922542-24-7
  5. ^ Swiss Music Charts Number-Ones (1968) Archived 2008-03-11 at the Wayback Machine.
  6. ^ [http://www.collectionscanada.gc.ca/obj/028020/f2/nlc008388.100165.pdf}
  7. ^ Judy in Disguise (with Glasses) UK chart position Archived 2008-10-12 at the Wayback Machine. Retrieved 09-21-11