Fred Knobloch

Real Name:
James Frederick Knobloch
Born April 28, 1953, in Jackson, Mississippi, guitarist and singer J. Fred Knobloch has been performing since the age of 13 when he and some friends formed a band to play at school “sock hops.” 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 No. 1 on the Billboard AC chart and No. 18 on Hot 100.

On the heels of that success, J. Fred moved to Los Angeles and over the next two years had two Top 10 country singles with “Killin’ Time,” a duet with Susan Anton, and a remake of the Chuck Berry classic, “Memphis.”

Since moving to Nashville in January 1983, Music Row has allowed him to make lots of “noise with the boys” as an artist, session musician, and songwriter. With his good friends Thom Schuyler and Craig Bickhardt, who formed the group SKB, he recorded two albums for MTM including the hits “No Easy Horses” and yet another No. 1 country record with “Baby’s Got A New Baby,” co-written by J. Fred with fellow Mississippian Dan Tyler.

His list of cuts include artists such as Faith Hill, George Strait, Delbert McClinton, Etta James, Ray Charles, The Wilkinsons, Lorrie Morgan, John Anderson, Trisha Yearwood, Larry Stewart, Neal McCoy, Confederate Railroad, Sawyer Brown, Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, and Kenny Rogers. J. Fred also has composed for TV and movies with songs heard on Melrose Place and Beverly Hills 90210, as well as the feature films “Next of Kin” and “In Country.”
In Groups:

Fred Knobloch Discography Tracks


Fred Knobloch - Why Not Me album art Fred Knoblock* Why Not Me (Album) Scotti Bros. Records US 1980 Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

6Y0006 Fred Knobloch - Why Not Me = ホワイ・ノット・ミー album art フレッド・ノブロック* Why Not Me = ホワイ・ノット・ミー(7", Single, Promo) Scotti Bros. Records 6Y0006 Japan 1980 Sell This Version
SB 607 Fred Knobloch - Let Me Love You / It's Over album art Fred Knoblock* Let Me Love You / It's Over(7", EP, Single) Scotti Bros. Records SB 607 US 1980 Sell This Version
SB 609 Fred Knobloch - Killin' Time album art Fred Knoblock* and Susan Anton Fred Knoblock* and Susan Anton - Killin' Time(7") Scotti Bros. Records SB 609 US 1980 Sell This Version
ZS5 02434 Fred Knobloch - Memphis / Love Isn't Easy album art Fred Knoblock* Memphis / Love Isn't Easy(7", Single) Scotti Bros. Records ZS5 02434 US 1981 Sell This Version
ZS5 02752 Fred Knobloch - I Had It All / Love, Love, Love album art Fred Knoblock* I Had It All / Love, Love, Love(7", Single) Scotti Bros. Records ZS5 02752 US 1982 Sell This Version

Videos (2) Edit