Juicy Lucy (band)
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|Genres||Rock music, blues-rock, hard rock, folk rock|
|Labels||Vertigo, Bronze, Polydor|
|Associated acts||The Misunderstood|
Paul "Fletch" Fletcher
|Past members||Glenn Ross Campbell
Juicy Lucy is a blues-rock band officially formed on 1 October 1969. After the demise of The Misunderstood, vocalist Ray Owen, steel guitarist Glenn Ross Campbell, and saxophone player Chris Mercer formed Juicy Lucy. The group later recruited guitarist Neil Hubbard, bassist Keith Ellis, and drummer Pete Dobson.
The band immediately notched a UK Top 20 hit with their cover version of the Bo Diddley composition "Who Do You Love?" Their self-titled debut album then fell just shy of the Top 40 in the UK Albums Chart. The album's cover featured a burlesque dancer named Zelda Plum, naked except for a covering of fruit.
Line-up changes ensued, as former Zoot Money singer Paul Williams, guitarist Micky Moody, and drummer Rod Coombes replaced Owen (who exited for a solo career), Hubbard, and Dobson for 1970's Lie Back and Enjoy It (#53 - UK Albums Chart). In May 1970, the band appeared at the annual NME poll-winners concert. Another bassist, Jim Leverton, assumed Ellis' duties for the follow-up, 1971's Get a Whiff a This. In August 1971, Juicy Lucy appeared on the bill at the Weeley Festival near Clacton-on-Sea, Essex.
The constant turnover took its toll on the group, creatively and commercially. Co-founders Campbell and Mercer, also Coombes exited prior to the fourth Juicy Lucy album Pieces (1972), which also included keyboardist Zoot Money in the recording line up. The album was recorded by the principle line-up of Williams, Moody, keyboardist Jean Roussel and former Blodwyn Pig rhythm section of bassist Andy Pyle and drummer Ron Berg. Juicy Lucy disbanded shortly thereafter. Micky Moody, formerly with Snafu joined the band in 1973, leaving in 1976 and later joining Whitesnake.
In 1995, Ray Owen resurrected the band's name and recorded Here She Comes Again. The line-up for this recording also included Mike Jarvis (guitar), Andy Doughty (bass), and Spencer Blackledge (drums). This version of the band broke up in 1997, but Owen persevered and joined up with guitarist Steve Fish. Although legal problems would not allow them usage of the name Juicy Lucy, the outfit performed as Ray Owen's Moon (Moon being the title of Ray Owen's 1971 solo album). The albumBlue Thunder (1996) was released under the Juicy Lucy name by Paul Williams and Micky Moody, featuring guest musicians Mick Taylor and Andy Summers.
Moody and Williams released the album Smokestacks, Broomdusters and Hoochie Coochie Men in 2002. In 2004, bassist Colin Fudge and drummer Paul Fletcher joined the band, after the legalities had been resolved. Juicy Lucy's version of the song "Who Do You Love?" was featured in the video game Shellshock: Nam '67, released in 2004. The Edge Fletcher version of Juicy Lucy, released the album Do That And You'll Lose It in 2006 and toured the UK with Nazareth and also played at the Cambridge Rock Festival in 2007.
In 2009, a new line-up of Juicy Lucy was formed as Owen was unable to continue touring on a regular basis, due to health problems. This line-up was fronted by singer and guitarist Steve Fish, with Paul Fletcher on drums and James Morris on bass and this they to toured throughout the UK. In September 2012, bassist Frank Cokayne joined Fish and Fletch in the UK version of the band. In March 2013, Cokayne was replaced by Michael Phillips. "Mississippi Woman" and "Who Do You Love?" (from the band's first album) are still performed live.
Owen now occasionally performs in France under the moniker "Ray Owen's Juicy Lucy", accompanied by Mike Jarvis and Spencer Blackledge from the 1990s line-up. He also performs solo acoustic sets in UK, with regular appearances at the Lewes Con Club.
- 1969 - Juicy Lucy (Vertigo)
- 1970 - Lie Back and Enjoy It (Vertigo)
- 1971 - Get a Whiff a This (Bronze)
- 1972 - Pieces (Polydor)
- 1974 - The Best of Juicy Lucy (Island Records) (Compilation album)
- 1991 - Who Do You Love - The Best of Juicy Lucy (Anthology) (Compilation album)
- 1995 - Here She Comes Again
- 1996 - Blue Thunder
- 1998 - Pretty Woman (Compilation album)
- 2005 - Raiding the Fruit Bowl (EP)
- 2006 - Do That And You'll Lose It
- 2010 - Rock Hits Collection (Compilation album)
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- Steve Fish's Juicy Lucy website
- Ray Owen's Juicy Lucy website
- Juicy Lucy discography at Discogs
- Juicy Lucy at AllMusic
- Juicy Lucy fan site