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Biography

  • Years Active

    1961 – 1969 (7 years)

  • Members

    • Beverly 'Guitar' Watkins (1961 – 1969)
    • Bobby Tuggle (1961 – 1969)
    • Boots Randolph (1962 – 1967)
    • Curtis Smith (1961 – 1967)
    • Howard 'Long John' Hobbs (1961 – 1964)
    • Piano Red (1961 – 1969)
    • Roy Lee Johnson (1961 – 1963)
    • Thomas LeGon (1964 – 1966)

Dr. Feelgood & The Interns was a recording moniker used by Piano Red

Willie "Piano Red" Perryman, who had amused and entertained rhythm and blues audiences since the 1940s with his zany, inimitable style, joined OKeh in 1961. Perryman and his group of musicians, at that time not yet named, Roy Lee Johnson, Jr. (guitar), Howard Hobbs (bass), Bobby Lee Tuggle (drums), Curtis Smith (guitar), and Beverly Watkins (guitar), gathered in Columbia's Nashville studio at 2:30 in the afternoon on May 31, 1961, and by 6:30 had recorded eight new songs, including a remake of Piano Red's 1950 hit "The Wrong Yo-Yo" . They also recorded an original song which the Beatles would make very famous a few years later — "Mister Moonlight" — and another novelty song, "Doctor Feel-Good," about a "doctor of love" who only liked women who weighed over 400 lbs. When the latter song was released on January 5, 1962, the group became known as Dr. Feelgood & the Interns. "Dr. Feel-Good" and second followup "Right String But the Wrong Yo-Yo" both charted, and a subsequent album was issued

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