Boogie Oogie Oogie

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"Boogie Oogie Oogie"
Single by A Taste of Honey
from the album A Taste of Honey
B-side "World Spin"
Released July 1978
Genre Disco
Funk
Length 3:42 (single version)
Label Capitol
Writer(s) Janice Marie Johnson
Perry L. Kibble
Producer(s) Fonce Mizell
Larry Mizell
A Taste of Honey singles chronology
"Boogie Oogie Oogie"
(1978)
"Do It Good"
(1979)

"Boogie Oogie Oogie" is a song by disco group A Taste of Honey. Released from their self-titled album in 1978, it became an extremely popular "crossover" song. The lyrics urge listeners to "boogie oogie oogie till you just can't boogie no more." It topped the Billboard Hot 100 chart, the Hot Soul Singles chart,[1] and the Hot Dance Club Play chart.[2] It would eventually sell over two million copies and has become one of the most recognizable songs from the late 1970s disco era. It would also help the group win the Grammy Award for Best New Artist of 1978. It also reached #3 on the UK Singles Chart.

In the late 1990s, the song was used in a national campaign ad for Burger King and was sampled by numerous rap acts. The song was also used in a campaign for Rold Gold Pretzels (featuring actor Jason Alexander) in the mid-1990s. Janice Marie Johnson, a member of the group, recorded another version of the song in 2001. The song also featured in the first episode of season four of Nip/Tuck and on an episode of Lucy, the Daughter of the Devil.

G.Q. also released its own version of the song in 1979. The cover picture features Janice-Marie Johnson holding a classic 1970s Fender Jazz Bass.

Pure Sugar's "Delicious" in 1998 samples Johnson's bass riff from Boogie Oogie Oogie.

Wounded Buffalo remix of Jamiroquai's Little L, on the single with the same name, also samples a portion of Johnson's bassline from this song.

Double sampled the song for her song "Driving All Night".

Keenan MacWillian, Sophie Bennette, and Lara Jean Marshall covered "Boogie Oogie Oogie" on their Saddle Club CD "Friends Forever".

Chart positions[edit]

Chart (1978) Peak
position
U.S. Billboard Hot 100 1
U.S. Billboard Hot R&B Singles 1
U.S. Billboard Hot Disco Songs 1
UK (Official Charts Company) 3

References[edit]

  1. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). Top R&B/Hip-Hop Singles: 1942-2004. Record Research. p. 566. 
  2. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). Hot Dance/Disco: 1974-2003. Record Research. p. 356. 

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Preceded by
"Grease" by Frankie Valli
Billboard Hot 100 number-one single
September 9, 1978
Succeeded by
"Kiss You All Over" by Exile
Preceded by
"You and I" by Rick James
Billboard Hot Soul Singles number-one single
August 5, 1978
Succeeded by
"Three Times a Lady" by The Commodores
Preceded by
"Last Dance" / "After Dark" / "Thank God It's Friday" / "Take It to the Zoo" by Donna Summer / Pattie Brooks / Love & Kisses / Sunshine
Billboard Hot Dance Club Play number-one single
July 15, 1978 – July 29, 1978
Succeeded by
"Hot Shot" by Karen Young