9th Ward Daily Photo via rl reeves jr

Listening to John Fred and His Playboy Band’s 1961 cut “Down In New Orleans” on the Montel label.

John Fred was born John Fred Gourrier in Baton Rouge in 1941; the Playboys included Ike Clanton (brother of Jimmy) and Tommy Bryan. “Down in New Orleans” was Fred’s final 45 he cut for the Montel label and while the song was a big hit here in town it did not make a national impression.

John Fred died at Tulane Hospital in New Orleans on April 15, 2005.

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