A Taste of Honey

Boogie Oogie Oogie

Composed by Janice Johnson / Janice Marie Johnson / Perry Kibble / Perry L. Kibble

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"Boogie Oogie Oogie" almost resulted in a traffic accident for A Taste of Honey bassist Janice Marie Johnson. Hearing the track on the radio for the first time was such a shock to her that she ran a red light. The group's first single, "Boogie Oogie Oogie," co-written byJohnson and keyboardist Perry Kibble, was inspired by an unresponsive audience during a date at a military base; Johnson believed the crowd was chauvinistic toward the group's two female guitar players (her and guitarist Hazel Payne). She admonished them on the spot by chanting: "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, Johnson jotted down the line, thinking that it would be a good song lyric. The notorious bass solo intro came about when Johnson was warming up before the recording session, unaware that she was being recorded. Produced by Fonce Mizell and Larry Mizell, the single sold more than two million copies ,topped both the R&B and pop charts in fall 1978, and was listed on their platinum debut LP, A Taste of Honey. In the late '90s, it was used in a national ad campaign for the Burger King restaurant chain as well as being sampled by numerous hip-hop acts.Janice Marie Johnson recorded another version of the tune as Janice Marie on the 2001 Lightyear/WEA CD Hiatus of the Heart.

Appears On

Year Artist/Album Label Time AllMusic Rating
Billboard Top Dance Hits: 1978 1978
Various Artists
Rhino 3:40
Anthology 1990
The Disco Years, Vol. 1: Turn the Beat Around 1990
Various Artists
Rhino 3:40
Dance Classics: The Hits, Vol. 8 1993
Various Artists
Unidisc
Double Knit Dance Hits 1993
Various Artists
Sony Music Distribution
No Image 1994
Various Artists
Alex 4:24
Disco Hits, Vol. 6 1994
Various Artists
Rhino 3:40
No Image 1995
Various Artists
Life Times & Music 4:03
Only Rock 'N Roll 1975-1979: 20 Pop Hits 1995
Various Artists
JCI Associated Labels
No Image 1995
Various Artists
Priority
Disco Nights, Vol. 4: Disco Groups 1995
Various Artists
Rebound Records 6:24
Nightfever 1995
Various Artists
Global TV
Disco's Greatest Hits, Vol. 2 1995
Various Artists
EMI-Capitol Special Markets 3:42
Rock-N-Roll's Greatest Hits of All Time: Late 70's, Vol. 1-2 1995
Various Artists
Platinum Disc Corp. / Platinum Disc 7:19
Old School Boogie 1996
Various Artists
Thump Records 3:41
Mega Hits: Disco Express, Vol. 1 1996
Various Artists
Priority
Rock On 1978 1996
Various Artists
Excelsior Recordings 3:36
Old School, Vols. 1-5 1996
Various Artists
Thump Records
Sensational Seventies, Vol. 2 1996
Various Artists
Time Warner
Disco 54: The Studio Collection 1997
Various Artists
Hip-O
Shape Fitness Music: Walk, Vol. 2: 70s Hits 1997
Various Artists
Power Records (Fitness/Dance) / Peter Pan (ISP) 4:57
Non-Stop Disco, Vol. 2 1997
Various Artists
Polygram 5:14
1978: 20 Original Chart Hits 1997
Various Artists
Tabak 3:46
Beauty & the Boogie 1997 Capitol 5:30
Disco Hits: Good Times 1997
Various Artists
Flashback Records / Rhino Flashback 3:42
Disco Fever [Coyote] 1997
Various Artists
Essex
Rock On: 1975-1979 1997
Various Artists
Madacy Distribution / Madacy 3:39
Whole Lotta Rock: 1978-1979 1997
Various Artists
BCI-Eclipse Distribution / Eclipse Music Group 4:03
Rock 'N Roll Relix: 1970-1978 1997
Various Artists
BCI-Eclipse Distribution / Eclipse Music Group 4:03
No Image 1997
Various Artists
Time/Life Music 3:40
Number Ones: Party Time 1998
Various Artists
Simitar Distribution 5:31
Disco Mania [Crimson] 1998
Various Artists
CMSN 3:38
DJ Disco Mix, Vol. 2 1998
Various Artists
Beast Records / Simitar Distribution
Big Hits of the 70's [EMI-Capitol] 1998
Various Artists
EMI-Capitol Special Markets
DJ Mix: 25 Years of Dance 1998
Various Artists
Simitar Distribution
Soul Classics, Vol. 1 [Amw] 1998
Various Artists
EMI-Capitol Special Markets / A M W Music 5:32
Disco Fever, Vol. 1 [SPG] 1998
Various Artists
SPG 3:39
Dance Club Retro, Vol. 2: Disco 1998
Various Artists
EMI Music Distribution 3:38
Millennium's Greatest Disco Party 1998
Various Artists
Connoisseur 3:16
Pure Disco, Vol. 3 1998
Various Artists
Polydor 3:37
No Image 1998
Various Artists
EMI-Capitol Special Markets
Disco Box 1999
Various Artists
Rhino 3:39
Rock-N-Roll's Greatest Hits of All Time 70's, Vol. 1 1999
Various Artists
Platinum Disc Corp. / Platinum Disc 7:19
Tom Joyner Presents: Old School Mix 1999
Various Artists
Rhino
Collector's Edition: Disco 1999
Various Artists
A M W Music 3:58
Soul Train: The Dance Years 1978 1999
Various Artists
Rhino 3:39
Grandes Exitos del Millenio 1999
Various Artists
Vale Music
Millennium Dance Party Mix 1999
Various Artists
Webster Hall Records 3:21
Wow That Was the 70's 1999
Various Artists
Disky Communications 5:31
A Taste of Honey/Twice as Sweet 2000 The Right Stuff / Capitol 5:38
Millennium Disco Party 2000
Various Artists
Rhino 3:39
No Image 2000
Various Artists
Webster Hall Records
Platinum R&B Party 2000
Various Artists
Legacy Rock Artifacts Series / Sbme Special Mkts. 5:26
The Official American Bandstand Library of Rock & Roll 2000
Various Artists
Atlantic 3:38
70's Jewels 2000
Various Artists
K-Tel Distribution 3:42
New Millennium Party 2000
Various Artists
Rhino 3:39
Disco Classics [K-Tel] 2000
Various Artists
K-Tel Distribution 3:40
Entertainment Weekly: The Greatest Hits 1978 2000
Various Artists
Buddha Records 3:40
Jammin' Gold 2000
Various Artists
Q Records / Atlantic 3:43
The Best Disco in Town [Box] 2000
Various Artists
Disky 5:29
Millennium Dance Party: Magic 102 - Dallas 2000
Various Artists
Webster Hall Records 3:21
Disco Freakout 2001
Various Artists
WEA International 3:24
Jammin' Oldies 2001
Various Artists
Rhino 3:39
Lost Hits & Golden Memories, Vol. 1 2001
Various Artists
Kev Roberts 3:39
Blues & Soul, Vol. 6: 1978-1979 2001
Various Artists
Connoisseur 3:18
Absolutely the Best of the 70's: 20 Big Hits 2001
Various Artists
Varese 7:20
70's Disco Generation: Boogie Fever 2001
Various Artists
Disky 5:28
Totally Funk: The Essential Funk Album 2001
Various Artists
EMI Music Distribution 3:39
Complete Collection 2001
Various Artists
Disky 5:29
Entertainment Weekly: The Greatest Hits 1975-1979 2001
Various Artists
Buddha Records 3:40
Disco Fever, Vol. 2 [Polygram International] 2001
Various Artists
Polygram 3:37
Then: 1978-1979 2002
Various Artists
BCI-Eclipse Distribution 4:03
Classic Masters 2002 Capitol/EMI Records / Capitol 3:43
Greatest Hits of the '70s Videos 2002
Various Artists
Disky
Twogether Disco 2002
Various Artists
EMI Music Distribution 3:36
Disco Fever, Vol. 1-2 [SPG] 2002
Various Artists
SPG 3:39
Disco Party [Toshiba] 2002
Various Artists
Toshiba EMI
Capitol Records 1942-2002 [Deluxe Box Set] 2002
Various Artists
Capitol 3:46
Maximum 70's 2002
Various Artists
Disky
Hits of the 70's [EMI Gold 3 CD] 2002
Various Artists
EMI 3:40
E-FM 107.5 Dance Classic 2002
Various Artists
WSM
Seventies Complete 2003
Various Artists
EMI Music Distribution
Best of Soul 70s 2003
Various Artists
Madacy Distribution / Madacy 3:38
Disco Nights, Vol. 5 [Zyx] 2003
Various Artists
Unidisc
70s Groove 2003
Various Artists
Ministry of Sound 3:35
The Very Best of 1970s 2003
Various Artists
EMI Music Distribution 3:36
Superstars of Seventies Soul 2004
Various Artists
Shout! Factory / Sony Music Distribution 3:37
Best of a Taste of Honey 2004 Toshiba EMI / Toshiba-EMI Limited 5:33
Hits of the 70's [Madacy Box] 2004
Various Artists
Madacy 5:25
R&B Funk [EMI] 2004
Various Artists
EMI Music Distribution 5:37
Flares: Feel Good Funk 'N' Disco 2004
Various Artists
Virgin 3:32
The Original Disco Album 2004
Various Artists
EMI 3:39
Ladies Night [Columbia River 2004] 2004
Various Artists
Columbia River Entertainment Group 5:24
Get Down Tonight: The Disco Explosion [Box Set] 2004
Various Artists
Shout! Factory / Shout! Factory/My Music/TJL 3:36
Radio Hit Collection 2004
Various Artists
United Audio Entertainment 5:24
Dance Grooves [Northquest] 2005
Various Artists
Northquest 5:24
Ladies Night [Columbia River 2005] 2005
Various Artists
Columbia River Entertainment Group 5:24
Lost & Found in the Seventies: Disco 2005
Various Artists
Liberty / Liberty 3:44
Disco Energy 2005
Various Artists
Disky
Night Out With The Boys 2005
Various Artists
Koch 7:19
Rock N Roll's Greatest Hits of All Time 70's, Vol. 1 2005
Various Artists
Platinum Disc 7:19
Best Disco on the Dancefloor 2005
Various Artists
Disky 5:30
Best of the 70's [Madacy 2005] 2005
Various Artists
Madacy Distribution / Madacy 5:24
The Best of Disco Fever 2005
Various Artists
Global TV 3:41
Reunited Again 2005
Various Artists
Disky 3:49
Boogie Nights: The Best of Disco 2005
Various Artists
Delta Distribution 4:55
Let's Party [Disky] 2005
Various Artists
Disky 5:27
Complete Seventies 2005
Various Artists
EMI Music Distribution 3:37
Dance, Freak and Boogie 2005
Various Artists
Thump Records 3:41
The Top 20 of Disco 2005
Various Artists
K-Tel Distribution 5:31
More 70s Soul 2006
Various Artists
KRB Music 4:58
Disco Party [Direct Source] 2006
Various Artists
Direct Source 5:26
Disco Fever: Boogie Wonderland 2006
Various Artists
Time/Life Music 3:38
Greatest Hits of the 70's 2006
Various Artists
Disky
Beach Party Favorites 2006
Various Artists
Madacy 5:24
Billboard #1s: The '70s 2006
Various Artists
Rhino 3:40
Rock N Roll of the 70s 2006
Various Artists
Madacy 5:25
All #1 Hits '70s 2006
Various Artists
Madacy 5:39
Disco [2006 #2] 2006
Various Artists
EMI Music Distribution
30 #1 Party Hits 2006
Various Artists
Direct Source 4:55
Body + Soul: Battle of the Groups: The Ladies 2006
Various Artists
Time/Life Music / Warner Bros. 3:38
Party Starter: Funk Mix 2006
Various Artists
Compass Productions
Ultimate Collection: Disco 2007
Various Artists
Direct Source 4:55
K-Tel Presents: All Your Rhythm and Blues Hits 2007
Various Artists
K-Tel Distribution / BCI Music (Brentwood Communication) 5:24
Disco Classics: Platinum Artist Series 2007
Various Artists
St. Clair 5:24
Party Hits: 18 Greatest 2007
Various Artists
Direct Source 4:55
70's Discohits 2007
Various Artists
Direct Source 4:55
Boogie Nights Disco Daze 2007
Various Artists
Immortal 4:22
Forever Gold: Number 1, 70s Pop 2007
Various Artists
St. Clair 5:22
Disco Fever, Vol. 1-4 2007
Various Artists
Time/Life Music 3:38
Get Ready, Here Come the '70s 2007
Various Artists
Shout! Factory 3:38
The  Original 70s Box Set 2007
Various Artists
EMI 3:36
Ring My Bell: Disco Hits 2007
Various Artists
St. Clair 5:24
The Best Of Disco...Ever! 2007
Various Artists
EMI Music Distribution 3:36
25 Best: Disco Hits 2008
Various Artists
Madacy 5:24
Best of the 70's [Diamond] 2008
Various Artists
Diamond Recordings 5:26
Disco [Madacy] 2008
Various Artists
Madacy 5:25
Pure Woman [Emd] [3 Discs] 2008
Various Artists
EMD Int'l 3:36
Roller Disco Hits 2008
Various Artists
Cleopatra / Goldenlane Records 5:24
Legendary Party 2008
Various Artists
Disky 5:28
Original Hits: 70s 2009
Various Artists
EMI / EMI Music Distribution 3:35
The  Original Masters, Vol. 4 2009
Various Artists
Halca / Milestone
Top of the Pops: One Hit Wonders 2009
Various Artists
EMI / EMI Gold 3:35
Disco Fever 2010
Various Artists
Universal Music TV 3:36
Now! 1970's 2010
Various Artists
EMI Music Distribution 3:44
Radio's Best Top Hits in R&B 2011
Various Artists
AAO Music / United Audio Entertainment 5:24
We Love the Nightlife 2012
Various Artists
Time/Life Music 3:38
We Love the Nightlife: Get Up and Boogie 2012
Various Artists
Time/Life Music 3:38
Now! That's What I Call Disco 2013
Various Artists
Now! Music 3:35
I'm Every Woman: Pop Queens of the Seventies 2014
Various Artists
Sony Music 3:34
100 Essential Tracks: Disco Hits
Various Artists
Sony Music
No Image
Various Artists
LM
60 #1 Pop Hits
Various Artists
AAO Music / United Audio Entertainment 5:22
No Image
Various Artists
5:05
Culture Dance, Vol. 1
Various Artists
Sony Music Distribution
Divas of the 70's & 80's
Various Artists
ZYX Music 5:25
Ferry Maat's Soul Show Top 100, Vol 2
Various Artists
PTG 4:02
Get Down Tonight: The Disco Explosion [DVD Audio]
Various Artists
Shout! Factory
No Image
Various Artists
EMI Music Distribution
Sounds of the Seventies: Dance Fever
Various Artists
Time/Life Music 3:39
No Image
Various Artists
Time/Life Music 3:38
No Image
Various Artists
Time/Life Music 3:38
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