How the Beatles inspired 'Judy in Disguise'

Share story

"Judy in Disguise (with Glasses)" by John Fred and his Playboy Band was No. 1 on the Billboard pop chart 50 years ago Wednesday.

The band's leader John Fred Gourrier says he was inspired while listening to the Beatles album "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band." He thought he heard John Lennon sing "Lucy in Disguise with Diamonds" and thought that sounded like a clever lyric.

Another line in the song was taken from a TV commercial for the Playtex Living Bra.

Use the audio player above to hear the segment.

Before you go...

MPR News is dedicated to bringing you clarity in coverage from our reporters across the state, stories that connect us, and conversations that provide perspectives when we need it most. We rely on your help to do this. Your donation has the power to keep MPR News strong and accessible to all during this crisis and beyond.