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Swinging Blue Jeans - sixties rock n roll

Swinging Blue Jeans

Swinging Blue Jeans
sixties rock n roll
Originally put together by Ray Ennis and Les Braid.In 1962,The Swinging Blue Jeans signed their first record deal with HMV, which produced the band's first single 'too late now', that song entered the charts at number 30. Their next single, 'The Hippy Hippy Shake' did a little better but just fell short of the coveted number 1 spot. The Bands follow up single was 'Good Golly Miss Molly', then came 'You're No Good' which reached number 3 in the charts here in Britain.
During the recording of the first ever episode of BBC TV's Top Of The Pops The Swinging Blue Jeans and The Rolling Stones had a disagreement (over a ball point pen) in the dressing room which resulted in punches being thrown. As one of Britain's good time bands they found it difficult to capture the excitement of their live performances on record, so after hitting the charts one last time in 1966 with Don't Make Me Over the blue Jeans chart career took a sharp decline.

Despite the lack of chart success after 'Don't Make Me Over' the Swinging Blue Jeans still played to packed houses the line-up was Ray Ennis (lead vocals / guitar) Phil Thompson (drums) Alan Lovell (guitar/ vocals) and Pete Oakman (Bass). Pete Oakman stepped in after the death of Les Braid in 2005

May 2010 saw Ray Ennis retire and Phil Thompson leave which then left Alan Lovell and Pete Oakman to continue what Ray and Les started all those years ago so with the addition of Graham Hollingworth on Drums and Jeff Banister on keyboards the swinging Blue Jeans are still going strong playing to audiences at home and abroad !

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