J. Fred Knobloch

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J. Fred Knobloch
Birth nameJames Frederick Knobloch
Also known asFred Knoblock (early 1980s)
Born (1953-04-28) April 28, 1953 (age 70)
OriginJackson, Mississippi, United States
Years active1980–present
LabelsScotti Brothers
Formerly ofS-K-O

James Frederick Knobloch (born April 28, 1953, in Jackson, Mississippi, United States), known as J. Fred Knobloch or Fred Knoblock, is an American country singer-songwriter.


Prior to his solo career, Knobloch had been a member of Let's Eat, a 1970s rock band. Knobloch was signed to Scotti Brothers Records in 1980 when he released the song "Why Not Me", which he wrote along with Carson Whitsett. It reached number 18 on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart,[1] number 30 on the country chart,[2] and spent two weeks at number one on the Adult Contemporary chart.[3] Later that year he released a duet with Susan Anton, "Killin' Time", which hit number 28 on the Hot 100[1] and went top ten on the country chart.[4] He had later country hits with "Memphis" and "I Had It All".[4]

In 1986, Knobloch became a member of S-K-O with Paul Overstreet and Thom Schuyler.[5] Knobloch continued to perform as a singer and songwriter into the 2000s. He and Jelly Roll Johnson released the album Live at the Bluebird Cafe in 2000.

His songs have been recorded by The Everly Brothers, Faith Hill, Chely Wright, George Strait, The Wilkinsons, Trisha Yearwood, Confederate Railroad, John Anderson and Sawyer Brown among others.

In 2012, he was inducted into the Mississippi Musicians Hall of Fame.[6]



Year Album
1980 Why Not Me


Year Single Peak chart positions Album
US Country
CAN Country
1980 "Why Not Me" 30 18 1 Why Not Me
"Let Me Love You" 53
1981 "Killin' Time" (with Susan Anton) 10 28 5 39
"Memphis" 10 102 28 12
1982 "I Had It All" 33
"—" denotes releases that did not chart


  1. ^ a b Joel Whitburn, The Billboard Book of Top 40 Hits. 7th edn, 2000
  2. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). The Billboard Book Of Top 40 Country Hits: 1944–2006, Second edition. Record Research. p. 193.
  3. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2002). Top Adult Contemporary: 1961–2001. Record Research. p. 138.
  4. ^ a b Fred Knoblock at AllMusic
  5. ^ Colin Larkin, ed. (1992). The Guinness Encyclopedia of Popular Music (First ed.). Guinness Publishing. pp. 1395/6. ISBN 0-85112-939-0.
  6. ^ "Mississippi Country Musicians Inducted into the Mississippi Musicians Hall of Fame". Msmusic.org. Retrieved August 7, 2021.
  7. ^ a b Whitburn, Joel (2008). Hot Country Songs 1944 to 2008. Record Research, Inc. ISBN 0-89820-177-2.
  8. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2007). Top Adult Songs 1961-2006. Record Research, Inc. ISBN 0-89820-169-1.

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