Taste Of Honey: Behind The Hits

Today, I’ll see if you are too cool to boogie.

I go behind “Boogie Oogie Oogie” by Taste Of Honey. The girls got the idea for this song when they played a show at a military base.

It was a tough crowd, and the audience was not responding to their songs.

Lead singer Hazel Payne admonished them from the stage: “If you’re thinking that you’re too cool to boogie, we’ve got news for you. Everyone here tonight must boogie and you are no exception to the rule.” Afterwards in her hotel room, Janice wrote down the line, thinking that it would be a good song lyric. The single went on to sell over 2 million copies.

Johnson came up with the famous bass intro when she was warming up before the recording session, unaware that she was being recorded.

Janice Marie Johnson (bass/vocals), Hazel Payne (vocals/guitar), formed the group in Los Angeles in 1972.  They won the 1978 Grammy Award for Best New Artist.  A Taste Of Honey had one other hit: their cover of Kyu Sakamoto’s “Sukiyaki” went to #3 in the US.

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