A Taste of Honey

Boogie Oogie Oogie

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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
Double Knit Dance Hits 1993
Various Artists
Sony Music Distribution
Only Rock 'N Roll 1975-1979: 20 Pop Hits 1995
Various Artists
JCI Associated Labels
Mega Hits: Disco Express, Vol. 1 1996
Various Artists
Priority Records
Non-Stop Disco, Vol. 2 1997
Various Artists
Polygram 5:14
Beauty & the Boogie 1997 Capitol 5:30
Disco Dancin' 1998
Various Artists
Metacom 4:06
Blues & Soul, Vol. 6: 1978-1979 2001
Various Artists
Connoisseur 3:18
No Image 2003
Various Artists
Ex Works
Original Hits: 70s 2009
Various Artists
EMI / EMI Music Distribution 3:35
20 1's: One Hit Wonders 2009
Various Artists
Universal 5:37
Top of the Pops: One Hit Wonders 2009
Various Artists
EMI / EMI Gold 3:35
Countdown to the New Year 2010
Various Artists
Capitol / EMI Music Distribution 3:44
Now! 1970's 2010
Various Artists
EMI Music Distribution 3:44
Now! That's What I Call Disco 2013
Various Artists
Now! 3:35
300 Hits: Saturday Night Party
Various Artists
Bellevue Publishing / Wienerworld 4:01
60 #1 Pop Hits
Various Artists
AAO Music / United Audio Entertainment 5:22
70's Hits [Capitol]
Various Artists
Capitol 4:05
No Image
Various Artists
Sounds of the Seventies: Dance Fever
Various Artists
Time / Life Music 3:39