Boogie Oogie Oogie – A Taste of Honey – 1978

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.

boogie oogie oogie fax

  • 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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7 Responses to Boogie Oogie Oogie – A Taste of Honey – 1978

  1. finnattic says:

    Shake the barrel a little more next week before you pull out next weeks hit. I think fortunately for me I must have been really enjoying the sex, drugs and rock n roll because I missed this one completely!

    • Greg.K. says:

      🙂 You’re quite right, of course. I heard a number of 70s songs this week including the wonderful Bob Seger – I almost used that but chose this one because I’ve done hardly any disco and, like it or not, that song is representative of a particular part of the 70s (a part I largely avoided!).
      I will endeavour to find something more to your taste next week (maybe).

  2. MIKI says:

    Well I reckon Neil Finn et al can’t shake those moves wearing high heeled boots! And GK did preface with that nod to Dickens – I agree, most of us didn’t care about disco but hey, we could just be OLD – if YOU were born in the 60s you would ha’ve been right into it all!

  3. Greg.K. says:

    🙂 Yes, but you have to remember also, that finnattic who wrote the comment above was only born in 1978.

    • finnattic says:

      Just to confirm B.D. 22 08 66 if you want to send me birthday wishes next year, anyway one did have to show a glancing interest in the disco era even it was going to see Saturday Night Fever if you wanted to appeal to women unless you were into the hairy sandal wearing types and they were kinda scary for a 14 year old.

  4. MIKI says:

    Hey watch it – , in the 70s I had hairy legs (and armpits – shaving very infra dig then) and wore sandals (still do, haha) Mind you I wasn’t wishing to appeal to women so I guess those hairy sandal wearing type males found someone!! Your prejudices are showing Finnartic! What HAS this got to do with music? Actually, if you were only just born in the 60s then much of this you probably won’t remember, unless your folks were really young swingers?

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