From their roots in the skiffle craze of the 50s through to their brief hit career as part of the Merseybeat scene in the early 60s, The Swinging Blues Jeans followed a similar path to many other UK groups of the era. Originally known as The Bluegenes, they changed their name and signed a recording contract with the HMV Records label in 1963. Abandoning the acoustic skiffle instruments that had been their life blood for over five years, the group embraced rock 'n' roll with a passion on third single Hippy Hippy Shake. A great version of the minor Chan Romero hit, the track remains one of the most explosive and exciting of the Merseybeat era. The group struggled to ever match its success, and by the early 70s some members had been busy with a lucrative twilight career on the cabaret circuit.
Followers: The Spencer Davis Group, The Moody Blues, The Troggs
Influenced By: Bobby Vee, Buddy Holly, The Shadows...