Boogie Oogie Oogie – A Taste of Honey – 1978

October 4, 2012

In a list of the top songs of 1978, Boogie Oogie Oogie by A Taste of Honey comes in at #5.

it was the best of tunes and it was the worst of tunes

Boogie Oogie Oogie has been called everything from disco at its worst to one of the best R ‘n’ B singles of the 70s. What Boogie Oogie Oogie is, is a representative of the time when disco swept the world and most of us couldn’t figure out  why.

a taste of honey

Before their 1978 hit, A Taste of Honey had been around for quite some time. They formed in California in 1971 and, six years later, signed a FIVE album contract with Capitol Records.

Boogie Oogie Oogie was the first single from their first album. It was a hit, selling two million copies. The group was awarded a platinum records for both the single and album and won the Best New Artist Grammy in 1979.

And that was it really. A second single, Sukiyaki from their third album, went to #3 on the charts before the band faded to become distant memories of a bygone time.

those gal guitarists

The band was rather interesting in that, it was started by the keyboard player and drummer: Perry Kibble and Donald Ray Johnson. They looked for singers, a bassist and lead guitarist; and found them all in two young women; Janice-Marie Johnson (vocals, co-writer, bass), Carlita Dorhan (vocals, guitar).

By 1979 the band was a duo comprising Janice-Marie and Carlita.

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  • Boogie Oogie Oogie was A Taste of Honey’s first single. It came from their self-titled debut album and spent three weeks at #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1978. It peaked at #3 in the UK.
  • Boogie Oogie Oogie sold two million copies and earned the band a platinum record. The album also went platinum.
  • Boogie Oogie Oogie won the Grammy for Best New Artist at the 1979 Grammy Awards
  • Janice-Marie Johnson co-wrote the single with Perry Kibble. She calls it her “lifeline.” She gives credit to record executive Larkin Arnold who ensured the band owned their own publishing, meaning she made a heap of money from the song.
  • In the late 1990s, Boogie Oogie Oogie was used in an advertising campaign that ran throughout the US for Burger King. It was also to advertise pretzels.
  • Janice Marie Johnson recorded another version of the song in 2001 but it didn’t come near to touching the charts.
  • Wounded Buffalo remix of Jamiroquai‘s Little L, on the single with the same name, samples a portion of Johnson’s Boogie Oogie Oogie bassline.
  • Boogie Oogie Oogie lyrics.

boogie oogie oogie – a taste of honey – 1978 – video

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