John Fred Gourrier
Gourrier, John Fred Music legend John Fred Gourrier entered eternal life on Friday morning, April 15, 2005, at the age of 63. He had been hospitalized for an extended period of time at Tulane University Hospital in New Orleans due to complications following surgery. He was a native of Baton Rouge, attended Sacred Heart Academy, and graduated from Catholic High School, where he excelled at basketball and baseball. As a high school junior, he recorded his first single, "Shirley." His song hit the national pop music charts, and led to appearances on "The Alan Freed Rock & Roll Show" in New York City, which jumpstarted a career in music that spanned more than 40 years. After graduating with a degree in education from Southeastern Louisiana University, where he set basketball and baseball records that remained unbroken until recent years, John Fred and the Playboys gained widespread recognition in the southeastern United States as a premier show band. Several regional hits, such as "Boogie Children," which was frequently played by Wolfman Jack on his radio show, plus "Up & Down," "Agnes English" and "The Harlem Shuffle" kept John Fred and the Playboys in the forefront of the '60s music scene. He was best known for his multi-million selling, No. 1 hit song, "Judy in Disguise (with Glasses)." The national and international breakthrough of "Judy in Disguise," recorded in 1967, led to appearances on "The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson" and Dick Clark's "American Bandstand." John Fred and the Playboys toured internationally, and spent time with many rock 'n' roll icons of that era, including Elvis Presley, Jimi Hendrix and the Beatles. As a result of the success of "Judy in Disguise," John Fred and the Playboys soon joined Elton John and Neil Diamond on the roster of UNI Records in Los Angeles. He had great respect and admiration for the art of songwriting and record producing, and produced records for other artists, including Irma Thomas and Fats Domino. He wrote and produced radio commercials and jingles, twice winning the prestigious Clio Award. In 1992, he teamed up with long-time friends G.G. Shinn and Joe Stampley to record the critically acclaimed CD titled "The Louisiana Boys." The last two releases were "I Miss Ya'll," taken from unreleased masters, and "Somebody's Knockin;" however, they never were promoted. In 2000, he was recognized by Catholic High School as a Grizzly Great in honor of his accomplishments as an athlete while attending Catholic High and for his volunteer efforts in the years following his graduation. He coached youth league baseball for 29 years and, beginning in 1995, became the volunteer head coach of Catholic High School's freshman baseball team. The life lessons taught by John Fred to scores of young men through his coaching left a lasting impression. One of his proudest accomplishments combined his lifelong passion for music and sports when he wrote and recorded "Baseball At The Box" for the LSU baseball team, coached by his good friend, five-time national champion coach Skip Bertman. Bertman once said that John Fred sent him more great baseball players than anyone else. In 1991, he was inducted into the Louisiana Music Hall of Fame, and in 1999, he received the Louisiana Hall of Fame Living Legend Award. Gov. Mike Foster gave special recognition to John Fred for being inducted into the Louisiana Blues Hall of Fame in 2000. He was also inducted into the Music Hall of Fame at the Museum of the Gulf Coast in Port Arthur, Texas. On July 4, 2001, he was presented the key to the city by the mayor of Baton Rouge, and Aug. 7, 2004, was declared John Fred Day by the mayor of Plaquemine. He received a special citation of achievement by Broadcast Music Inc. He was appointed by Gov. Kathleen Babineaux Blanco to serve on the Louisiana Music Commission. In 2001, he originated and hosted the popular local radio show "The Roots of Rock 'n' Roll" on WBRH-FM/KBRH-AM, a nonprofit radio station at Baton Rouge Magnet High School. He did this as a volunteer and enjoyed sharing his music and his experiences with his thousands of listeners. The station will air an all-day tribute to John Fred on Saturday, April 23. John Fred's life and career touched untold thousands of lives in special ways. His hard work as an entertainer brought joy to an entire generation of young people in the 1950s, 1960s and 1970s and brought back memories of those special times in the 1980s and 1990s. Visitation will be at St. Agnes Catholic Church, 729 East Blvd., Baton Rouge, from 10 a.m. Friday, April 22, until Mass of Christian Burial at 11:45 a.m. He is survived by his loving wife, Sandra Ratcliff Gourrier; son, Kevin Morris Gourrier and wife Jodi of Miami; five step-children, Laurie Bloodworth of Lacombe, Britt Bloodworth of Sacramento, Calif., Clay Bloodworth of New Orleans, Jodi Bloodworth Gourrier of Miami and Chad Bloodworth and wife Jennifer of Covington; four step-grandchildren, Brooklyn, Candice, Vivian and Wesley; two sisters and brothers-in-law, Ann Gourrier Kleinpeter and husband Leonard and Kay Gourrier Begue and husband Sheldon; three nephews, Britton Kleinpeter, Bart Begue and wife Tammy and Briar Kleinpeter and wife Inge; and two nieces, Kelli Kleinpeter Becnel and husband Mike and Jodi Kleinpeter Griffon and husband George. He was preceded in death by his father and mother, John Fred Gourrier Sr. and Miriam Chaisson Gourrier. Special thanks to Angel Connie Barrios, his kidney donor, and to Dr. Douglas Slakey and the staff of nurses on the Tulane University Hospital & Clinic Abdominal Transplant Unit. Memorial contributions may be sent to The Sister Dulce Foundation, 330 Government St., Baton Rouge, LA 70802 or St. Joseph's Spirituality Center, 2980 Kleinert Ave., Baton Rouge, LA 70806.
Published by The Advocate from Apr. 20 to Apr. 21, 2005.
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Great Man!!!
Mark Fahrendorff
Friend
June 15, 2021
One of my favorite people from my "Boss Rouge" days in the late 60's thru the mid-70's. And certainly one of my favorite singers of all time. Fred will be missed my millions.
Kinnon Thomas
May 15, 2005
To the Family of John Fred. I will never forget You and your music. The State of LA has lost a special person, and the world has lost a rock and roll, blues star and musican. May God be with all of you.
Rose Mary Sterling & Fly
Rose Mary Sterling
May 9, 2005
Sandra and Kevin..

John Fred will be missed! He is one of the few musicians, that put Baton Rouge on the music map. I met him first, when he was in high school with my uncle and I was about 10 years old at my grandparents house. Many years later, he would bring Kevin to my store to buy music equipment.
I did get to play drums on the same stage with him a few times. He was always a blast!
Michael Noto
May 4, 2005
So very sorry to hear that the world has lost such a wonderful man and living legend. I know one day I will hear him sing again in heaven. I will continue to pray for his precious family.
Mike & Irene Smith
May 2, 2005
What wonderful memories I have of John Fred's music in my high school years. One of the best was when he played at Progressive Men's Club.
Kay Hicks Broussard
April 30, 2005
I never got to meet John Fred but I feel that I knew him. I grew up signing "Judy in Diguise" and can still hum the tune right now. I loved his Roots of Rock and Roll radio show and it isn't the same without him. Part of me died April 15th as well.
My prayers are with you and your family.
Vicki McCarroll
April 26, 2005
Proud of him as a fellow Baton Rouge musician. Johnny Koonse
Johnny Koonse
April 23, 2005
My Dearest Sandra and Family,

As I sit today, the day after John Fred's Memorial Service, I am so humbled by the gifts God has granted me on the road from Rosaryville to Tulane and beyond.

I have seen God's love in action through the life of John Fred. He extended himself to everyone. It is no wonder that the Holy Spirit whispered to me in prayer, "that's my music man." His testimony will live on in all of us and I for one can never be the same. He called me his angel, but I am the one who profitted from walking this road with John Fred, you and your family. Knowing you and Lynn for years and always looking for your loving eyes in the crowd as we gathered on retreat and sharing the bond that only retreating together can bring, little did I know how much and how deeply we would love. It is truly only God's amazing grace that can do such a thing! I am so grateful to my family as well. Larry, Jason, Adrian and Rachael have see me through many operations, once again an example of steadfast love. After 28 plus years together, Larry has been my rock. My family's support through this has broght us all closer (another gift). Ginger, coming to the hospital to care for me during my recovery, after the loss of her husband, Jimmy, to kidney failure, was another gift of love.

My body bares many scars, but this one above all has made my faith in God and his great plan for all our lives grow.

Sandra, I love you all so! I am so grateful to all of my new brothers and sisters. Your warm hearts make me dance. YOU GO GOD!!
Isaiah 40:31 is true...John Fred is healed and soraing like an eagle. So my dear new family, let all our memories comfort our hearts until on that wonderful day when we see Jesus face to face and dance together in joy! I, too, "Can Only Imagine."

Love Always,
Connie
Connie Barrios
April 23, 2005
Dear Gourrier family,
We were so sorry to hear of John Fred's passing. Our prayers and thoughts are with you now and always. He was one of a kind- putting everyone before himself. I know it has been said before but he is up there in Rock and Roll Heaven making music-- but it sure is lonely down here. WE have been listening to 90.3 all day and just keep expecting to here his voice.
God Bless You All
Don & Sonya Sherman
Sonya Sherman
April 23, 2005
Kevin, Jody & Family, The Messina Family sends their condolences. Growing up with a father in the "Business" also, Pappa Joe Messina, we heard John Fred's name a million times. Pappa Joe truly admired John Fred and had many wonderful stories to tell of their growing up together and the music world back then. What great times they must have had. The world has truly lost a rock and roll legend. Kevin, it seems like just yesterday that we were kids in the neighborhood. Jody, its been too long, would love to hear from you. Many thoughts and prayers go out to you in this difficult time. May God Bless you and your family. Stacey & JoAndrea
Stacey Messina Taylor
April 23, 2005
We are remembering the Carnival Cruise in "98" with John, Big Luther and "Lil Hub and the Wheels. It was a gathering of friends...and times like that are what we need to call upon when remembering John. There was no doubt how much you and John enjoyed that week, as did we all. And every Saturday at 4 PM we will tune to 90.3...listen to SJ....and remember John.
Jay & Cheryl Watson
April 23, 2005
To Johns' family:
It will be hard indeed to cope and recover from the loss of such a very special person. You were blessed to have him in your lives; as we all were, who had the pleasure of knowing him. May God Bless you heartily; and may his voice be ringing out in Heaven.
Genevieve Pryor
Genevieve Pryor
April 22, 2005
Sandra,
You know me. I am your neighbor.
John Fred went back to the hospital in early November, and never came back home. Every day I would look at your empty house, and say a prayer for him and you.

I miss his sweet smile, and how he
offered to help me when my husband passed away.

God bless you, and please call on me, if you need help.
Patsy V.
Patsy
April 22, 2005
Our deepest sympathy to all of John Fred's family and friends. He will be missed but never forgotten.
Janice and Joe Shaab
Baton Rouge,La
janice shaab
April 22, 2005
John Fred was a true friend and partner. We shared so many varied and unique experiences together. He will be greatly missed.
Andrew Bernard
April 22, 2005
Dear Sandra:
When I woke up this morning, I dreamed that an Angel was standing in front of me looking directly into my eyes; saying, "What is your morning pray?" I said, "I want my loved ones to be Blessed," and he said to me again; "How many days do you want your friends to be Bless?" I looked at hime . . . Directly into his eyes, just the way he was looking into mine. I said, "FOREVER AND EVER," and he said, "Your wish is my COMMAND!" Then I saw Blessings coming down from Heaven in your direction.

My sincere condolences to you and the family.
Carol Yarbrough
April 22, 2005
Sandra,My heart reaches out to you in your loss of John Fred. I remember and have spoken often about your beautiful wedding at Nottoway. Keep that picture in you mind as you think of John. What a beautiful memory. God bless you and you are in my prayers.
Barbara Chustz
April 22, 2005
My heart goes out to the family. I will keep you all in my prayers. I never did get the honor of meeting John Fred but I did attend the dances at Redemptorist high school gym where his band performed numerous times. They were the greatest! I was lucky enough to get a copy of his album with the Playboys and the CD, Louisiana Boys. We were in Chicago for a convention and went to Navy Pier. A band was playing there and the lead singer resembled John Fred and even had John's mannerisms when he sang. We spoke to the manager of the band and told her our viewpoint. She said the lead singer would be honored to hear this because he really liked John Fred. The world has lost an all time great entertainer.
Diane Tridico-Parker
April 22, 2005
As an old friend of John Fred's son Kevin as well as his dad,I would like to express my condolences to the entire Gourrier family.Kevin and I started our first Rock N'Roll band "Black Diamond" in our early teens and with lots of help and guidance from John Fred,we enjoyed local success before we were legal to drive.Yes we had a BLAST!!! Most of us have continued our musical journey and for that I will always be grateful for John Fred's inspiration and friendship.Kevin,I know this a tough time for you. We will all miss your dad. Be strong and God Bless.
John Belanger
April 21, 2005
Giving thought to what I could say, in such a sorrowful time in your lives brought to mind just how many years we three have together on this earth. How our lives met & forever crossed in the
night, over & again. Real friends part over time for various reasons, but never lose those feelings of time spent together- belonging to us. Combined, it’s over a hundred years for us. First, with little Fred, visiting his Grandmother on Boyd Avenue in the forties - playing hard all day long in the summers - at the lake, down at the circle, in the great trees at the State Capitol, terrorizing the people who worked there by running up & down 33 stories - some trying to throw each other over the rail at the top. Rainy days never interfered with much because it wasn‘t unusual for us to be soaking wet from the lake none of us were ever suppose to go into. The china ball trees that provided ready made ammunition; Mrs. Wolfe, Sunbeam Bakery, who had the only side walk that was smooth enough for us to skate on and, Mrs. Wolfs’ maid Jane yelling at us to “get away” - with the very old lady telling her to leave us alone. Fred was too young to blame for the taxicabs that were called in the middle of the night to my home on N. 10th Street - he enjoyed it thoroughly all the same. These are but a few memories from a child’s wonderful life. Sandra came into my life the first year of high school & how close I feel to her - long passages of time have gone by, but the longer the time, the tighter the bond. It’s said, if you can count real friends on only two fingers you are a wealthy person… I am so lucky to have Sandra as my friend, & Fred was icing on the cake. A loving wife, a Mother with no bounds, a friend with a heart of gold … Sandra, you will always be who you are, & I love you for it. My heart is breaking for you all - & especially for a Mother in Law who has seen her own pain throughout her life, & I am sure, that if she could, she would take your pain away.
God’s Word: Blessed are they who mourn, for they shall be comforted. Mt. 5:5
My desire is to depart & be with Christ for that is better. Ph 1:2-3
May the souls of all the faithful departed rest in peace.
Good show Fred. We all shall miss you dearly.
Deanna Stoufflet
April 21, 2005
CHS CLASS OF '65
DONNY POLITO
April 21, 2005
God speed, John. You will be missed by each of us but, so long as our memories remain, you will live in our hearts.
My sincere condolences to all the family.
Dave Austin
April 21, 2005
I had the honor of playing baseball for Coach Gourrier in 1979-1980. To us, he was just "coach." He was so unpretentious, we didn't know he was famous until our parents told us. Even though his son Kevin didn't play on our team, he still gave up his time to be a positive role model for us and countless others. He taught us that although you play for fun, WINNING is what makes it fun, but when you win, do it with class. Take away the notoriety, talent and the fame, and you still have a fine, fine man. It was an honor to know him. My condolences to Sandy, Kevin and the rest of the Gourriers.
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Paul Lastrapes
April 21, 2005
Sandra, My heart grieves with you over the loss of John Fred. Reading the various stories of John Fred in the Morning Advocate and of this guest book, many fond memories of my high school and college days were recalled. I remember Catholic High school winning its first ever Wedge Keyes Tournament, at the time the biggest basketball tournament in BR always held at the old Baton Rouge High School. John Fred and Jimmy Poche were the stars of that team. Also, recall going to band battles and having a hard time deciding whom to pull for, John Fred's Playboys or Jonhnny Boudreausx's Jokers. What fun we had and what joy John Fred brought to all of us. And of course in recent times, feeling a kindred spirit with you and him, sharing the emotions and hardships of dealing with kidney failure. My prayers are with you forever.

Jess Arceneaux
Jess Arceneaux
April 21, 2005
Dear Sandra and Family,

On behalf of the many songwriters in Louisiana, please accept my sincere condolences. I have been praying for John Fred's health and for you over the past few months after learning of his illness through the Louisiana Songwriters Association. He has been a true asset and an inspiration to Louisiana songwriters. John Fred is proof that Louisiana artists can be a major influence all over the world. We are thankful for all he has done to bring focus on Louisiana music. His talent and professionalism is recognized by the music industry...which in turn shows Louisiana in a positive light. Thank you so much for the many sacrifices I know you and your family made so that John Fred could share his talent and life with all of us.

God Bless you and keep you in His care always.

Sincerely,

Lea Anne
Lea Anne Schroeder
April 21, 2005
The thing that sticks out to me is how humble this extrodinary man was. For all that he had accomplished in his life, he always remained very planted to the Earth. His attitude was never anything other than a regular person. He made all of our lives richer for just being able to call him a friend. The angels are doing the Boogie. God Bless John Fred.
Robby Zeringue
April 21, 2005
Sandra, I know it has been a long long journey for John Fred and You. I am so thankful you let me share some of this journey with you both by being there with his Angel, Connie. It was such a delight to get to finally meet the man who gave us the greatest music in the world. He was such a joy to so many and will be missed by all. The journey we all shared with him here on Earth is done, but he has made the ultimate journey to be with our Lord and knowing this is how you will find YOUR peace. We all love you!
Ginger Aull
April 21, 2005
I still enjoy the music of John Fred and the Playboys. Music is the thread from which the fabric of memory is woven into the colorful tapestry of life. The music of the Playboy Band is music that will keep alive many wonderful memories of my more youthful days. I will be forever grateful for the music that can so quickly and happily wisk me, through my memories, to a time that was so dear to me. My sincere condolences to the family. God Bless,
Lisa
Lisa Wilkes
April 21, 2005
I used to play baseball for John Fred when I was in the seventh grade. He was my favorite coach to be around. He had a natural way of making you feel like you belonged. I was saddened to hear of his passing.
Stephen Igou
April 21, 2005
I met John Fred Gourrier about 15 years ago when he and his band performed at the levy over by the USS Kid on a 4th of July holiday one year. I walked up to his mother Mrs. Mariam Gourrier and his sister Ann and they were very nice and very polite to me. My Aunt Mildred Soileau-Chaisson's husband Luke Chaisson (now deceased) was John Fred Gourrier's uncle. John Fred Gourrier was a very nice man. When my Aunt Mildred told me that he was very ill I was so very sorry about it. We will miss him so very much too.
Anita Acosta
April 20, 2005
Mrs. Sandy and family,
Coach was a big part of our lives. He gave of his time and his knowledge to help us grow in every aspect of our lives. Our prayers are with his family at this sad time. He was an inspiration to many young men. Thanks for sharing him with us. Brady and Terry Dugas
Monica James
Brady and Terry Dugas
April 20, 2005
Fred gave us precious memories that will last forever. Thank you Sandra for letting him share himself with us. He gave so much to so many, and loved every minute of it. And we did too.
Daryl Foushee
April 20, 2005
JOHN FRED WAS MY FRIEND AND MY MOST TREASURED MENTOR.HIS INFLUENCE ON MY MUSICAL GROWTH AND PERSONAL LIFE WAS TRULY IMMENSE.I WILL ALWAYS TREASURE EVERY SECOND I SPENT WITH HIM ON STAGE AND OFF.THERE IS CERTAINLY A VERY,VERY SPECIAL PLACE IN HEAVEN FOR HIM,JUST AS THERE IS IN ALL HEARTS OF THOSE THAT KNEW AND LOVED HIM.
ANDY TARRANT
April 20, 2005
Sandra
May your wonderful memories of John Fred be a rememberance of a great husband,father and friend. We have such great memories of John Fred and will miss him too.
You and I shared so much in our faith in God that He would heal John Fred. Sandra you and John Fred's marriage and life together has been an inspiration to us. John Fred not only touched the lives of so many but also changed the lives of so many people. The world has lost a great friend in John Fred. We have known John Fred all of our lives and we grieve with you. Our deepest sympathy goes to you and your family. Sandra I pray that God will heal you during this difficult time. Sandra we will be with you on Friday and for always. John Fred we will miss you and all the special memories that we shared together. John Fred rest in peace Tommy and Angela Guarino
Tommy and Angela Guarino
April 20, 2005
I have known Fred for over 30 years and have always known him to be a very kind and giving person. I really got to know him better in 1990 when my brother Roger died, who Fred played basketball with at SLU. Roger was a great fan of Fred's and I know they are both in heaven right now planning a concert somewhere.
Dick Hicks
April 20, 2005
Although my son Taylor wasn't fortunate to play freshman baseball for John Fred, we admired his devotion and compassion with these kids while sharing his love and respect for the game. His accomplishments are deserved and his memory is etched in all of us who danced to him as kids. I wish you all fond memories and the peace of his eternal life.
chester weimer
April 20, 2005
To John Freds Family:
As a friend of John Fred I was shocked by his utimely passing. When we were in business in Baton Rouge John Fred was always available to us at all times.He even played at our Chrismas parties. The music world will miss John Fred.
Irwin Shaab
April 20, 2005
Our lives are richer because of the friendship with John Fred.
Our prayers and thoughts go to you and all his family.

Sorry we will be out of state for the services but we will be there is spirit.
May God Bless.
Buddy & June Webre
April 20, 2005
john fred will be missed by all, his saturday show was like school for me.
mike landess
April 20, 2005
My sympathy to the family and fans.As a native of Baton Rouge, I
did enjoy his wonderful music.
Emma Henderson
April 20, 2005
For those who can only guess what it would be like to be on stage with John Fred let me share my breif experience.In the early 70s still on the wave of his hit record,his guitar player got sick with three weeks left on this tour,John Fred called me to just fill in for the remainder of this tour.It was my only experience to play with hit record artist.The routine was the band would cook and sizzle for about 3 songs, mostly instrumentals,then John Fred would grab his mike and walk from back stage to the front of his band and with only a wave the croud would come alive(they just loved him where ever we were.)He was an entertainer and a friend to anyone who met him.Thanks for the best 3 weeks of my life,I miss you.
Sheldon Begue
April 20, 2005
Sndra,
Words fail me at a time like this. One of the worlds great friends he was. He will always be remembered and his memory cherished.

he amd you were very special to Leah..




Will Roberts
Will Roberts
April 20, 2005
Dear Sandy and family (we called you Sandy way back when your were our mother's nurse when she was suffering from terminal cancer - that was a long time ago, in 1983, but we have never forgotten you.) The loving care you gave Mama meant so much to us. We just wanted you to know that we are so sorry to hear of John Fred's death. He was so special to so many people, especially those of us who all grew up with him and his music. Our thought and prayers are with you all during this time. Heaven is a better place with Fred there.

Sherry & Mark Efferson(and Jessie Efferson too - We know she was happy when he got there.)
Sherry & Mark Efferson
April 20, 2005
To The Gourrier Family

My thoughts and prayers are with your family at this time in your loss of John. May your family be blessed.
Debra Cooper
April 20, 2005
John Fred had a huge impact on my life as well as the lives of the other young men whom he coached at Catholic High. He was an example of hard work and dedication, and he will be missed by all. Thanks for all you have done for us, Coach.
Michael Alch
April 20, 2005
On behalf of Sacred Heart of Jesus School in Baton Rouge, please accept our sympathy in the loss of John Fred, a 1955 SHS alumni. As a friend of the family for many years and having recently lost two loved ones, I can only say I understand and feel your pain. He is at peace and with God, take comfort in this.
Debbie Kidder Little
April 20, 2005
A Louisiana Legend!

Thanks for all the great music and great times! You will live on in the memories of us all.

"Music is harmony, harmony is perfection, perfection is our dream, and our dream is heaven"
Pat Bennett
April 20, 2005
Sandra, sorry to hear about John Fred. He will be missed by everyone, but his music will live forever.
Francis Musso
April 20, 2005
John Fred loved his family, his community, his music and his sports. He lost a great battle here on earth with his illness, but he will be whole and rock'in on in Heaven with all that have gone before him and with all that are yet to come. May his singing with the angels heal your hearts!
Leslie Aertker-Guild
April 20, 2005
I went to elementary school with John Fred's son Kevin. I remember being in awe of his father's accomplishments and Kevin's. Kevin defininitely inherited his father's talent for music. My prayers go out out you and your family. God Bless you all.
Andrea Ehrhardt
April 20, 2005
I know John Fred will be missed by his family and friends. His memory will live on forever in your hearts. I consider it a great honor to have been touched by his music. He played for our 25th high school reunion and I will never forget it as long as I live. My prayers are with you.
Debbie Barrilleaux
April 20, 2005
John Fred was a close friends of mine. I first meet him as a Freshman at Catholic High and later became closer when I became his assitant coach. He was always there for me and I will miss him.
Drew Losavio
April 20, 2005
John used to come and see my performances at the old Cabaret Theater here in Baton Rouge. His height always made him easy to spot. He was a nice guy and a great talent and I will miss him.
Kevin Meeks
April 20, 2005
Sandra,Ann,and Kay, thanks so much for letting me be a part of your lives for so long. Even though the inevitable happened, it still hurts in my heart for y'all. The more one loves someone, the more it hurts when they leave you. I know the hurt is deep inside y'all's hearts, ,but you are aware that he is in Rock n'Roll Heaven right now. Fred was admired by so many and became my Dad's friend not because of his notoriety, but by his unselfishness,his love for his communinity,and his love for the outdoors. I'm thinking of you right now and hope you can cope with the great loss. I love you all and God Bless Fred's soul. Hunter
hunter barrilleaux
April 20, 2005
John Fred's family and friends,

I fondly recall the many stories my husband, Ad LaPlace, would tell me after playing basketball at the YMCA with John Fred. I think those days were a very enjoyable time of their lives. Ad passed away on July 9, so your family certainly has my understanding of the difficult days ahead and my sympathy. Perhaps they have formed a small group in heaven and are playing "HORSE". I bet Pope John Paul beats both of them and deflats their ego.
Bless you all.

Bettye LaPlace
Bettye LaPlace
April 20, 2005
My thoughts and prayers are with John's family. What memories his music brings back!
Donna Plank
April 20, 2005
Cookie Smith
April 20, 2005
john fred brought a ton of good time to the plaquemine teenage club in plaquemine

i guess GOD needed some good old louisiana music up ther in heaven
ROCK ON JOHN FRED
david haydell,sr
April 20, 2005
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