Boogie Oogie Oogie – A Taste Of Honey | Top 40 Chart Performance, Story and Song Meaning

Chart Performance: Pop (#1 for 3 weeks) & R&B (#1); 1978

Story Behind The Song By Ed Osborne

For the early years of the 1970’s, A Taste Of Honey honed their stage act through tours of military bases all over Europe and the Far East. Along the way a second woman, Hazel Payne, joined original member Janice Marie Johnson as the second female guitarist/vocalist in the band.

And it was at a gig at an Air Force club where the two women encountered overt contempt directed at them from the male audience. In response, Hazel adlibbed a “too cool to boogie” chant.

While listening to a tape of the show, Janice caught wind of a song, and – still seething from the audience reaction – penned Boogie Oogie Oggie’s put-down lyrics.

Janice and Hazel had their sweet revenge when Boogie sailed into the upper regions of the Pop and R&B charts, and became a platinum seller. At Grammy time, A Taste Of Honey grabbed the Best New Artist award for 1978.

This content and all Song Meaning articles were created and written by Top 40 Contributing Editor Ed Osborne. © 2024 Ed Osborne. All Rights Reserved. In addition to these song meaning articles, Ed has written our “Year in Music 1960s-1990s” articles.

Produced by:

  • Fonce Mizell
  • Larry Mizell

Lyrics Written by:

  • Janice-Marie Johnson
  • Perry Kibble