Personalities | The Swinging Blue Jeans | Sixties | Rock

(Vocal group, 1958–present)

1963’s ‘Hippy Hippy Shake’ came close to topping the UK chart, and it was to be one of the first examples of Merseybeat to enter the US Top 30. After a soundalike follow-up, ‘Good Golly Miss Molly’, peaked at a domestic No. 11, further hits were sporadic, though 1964’s ‘You’re No Good’ was nearly as big as ‘Hippy Hippy Shake’ in Europe. By the late 1960s, their very name had become a burden, but it was to keep them in well-paid work when pop’s history became as marketable as its present.

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Source: The Definitive Illustrated Encyclopedia of Rock, general editor Michael Heatley


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