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The Swinging Blue Jeans are a five-piece 60s British merseybeat band, best known for their proto-rave-up hit single “Hippy Hippy Shake” (also known as “The Hippy Hippy Shake”). Intriguingly, while the song sounds rather Beatles-clone like, the Beatles did in fact do a cover version of this song for the BBC. The Swinging Blue Jeans had a spell of moderate success, breaking into the U.S. with the aforementioned hit but also charting again and again in the U.K. such as with the top 5 cover track “You’re No Good”. Sadly, they seemed to fly along with the all-pervading merseybeat success story. Once the novelty started to pale, the hits dried up, and the band eventually retired to the oldies circuit.

Guitarist Terry Sylvester left the group in the late 60s, and he joined another seminal Britsh rock act, The Hollies, as a replacement for the departing Graham Nash. The Swinging Blue Jeans, with some original members, soldiered on through the decades. A version of the group, with singer-songwriter and guitarist Ray Ennis remaining, continues to tour to this day.

Subsequent singles released that year and the next made no impression. In 1966, their version of Burt Bacharach and Hal David's "Don't Make Me Over" peaked at no. 31 in the UK Singles Chart, but the group never charted again.

Founded by Ray Ennis and Les Braid in 1958 as a six-man skiffle group called the Blue Genes, The Swinging Blue Jeans performed on many popular TV shows in the United Kingdom and Europe, appearing with The Beatles, Gerry & The Pacemakers, The Searchers, and The Merseybeats. The Swinging Blue Jeans had the standard "Shadows" line-up of two guitars, a bass guitar and drums and achieved local fame with their appearances at the Cavern Club. They had a three year spell of success, rising and falling with Merseybeat itself. The group eventually retired to the cabaret circuit.


An album to the single Hippy Hippy Shake was released in 1964 by EMI on the HMV label. In Canada it was issued by Capitol Records (T6069) and in the U.S. on Imperial Records (LP-9261). A second album "Blue Jeans Swinging" was also released.


The Swinging Blue Jeans, with some original members, continue to tour to this day.

 

 

 

 

 

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