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Fred Knoblock


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J. Fred Knobloch, a Jackson, Mississippi native, has been performing since the age of thirteen when he and some friends formed a band to play at school “sock hops.” After a few more bands, vans, night clubs, managers, agents, motels, demo sessions, night clubs, jam sessions, hotels, night clubs,…well, you get the picture—he finally found a job.

In 1973, J. Fred left school to play music full-time; he began performing solo at night clubs across the south and landed a few dates as a session guitarist at MALACO Studios in Jackson. While working for such R&B notables as Dorothy Moore, Eddie Floyd and Anita Ward, he met drummer James Stroud and pianist Carson Whitsett; it was Whitsett who encouraged his writing and performing and in 1980 it all paid off with “WHY NOT ME”. Co-written with Whitsett and produced by James Stroud, J. Fred reached #1 on the Billboard AC chart and # 18 on HOT 100.

On the heels of that success, Fred moved to Los Angeles and over the next two years had two Top Ten country singles with “Killin’ Time”, a duet with Susan Anton, and a re-make of the Chuck Berry classic, “Memphis”. But it wasn’t long before the South started calling him home and he relocated to Nashville in January of 1983.

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