The Swinging Blue Jeans

Genres: Pop / Rock
Tags: 60s rock and roll oldies merseybeat british rock british invasion rock n roll classic rock Powered by AudioScrobbler
Decades: 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Determined to concentrate on rock ‘n’ roll, several leading figures in Liverpool’s skiffle scene founded the Bluegenes in 1958. They were singer and lead guitarist Ray Ennis (26 May 1942, Liverpool, England), bass player Les Braid (b. William Leslie Braid, 15 September 1937, Liverpool, England, d. 31 July 2005, Liverpool, England), drummer Norman Kuhlke (b. 17 June 1942, Liverpool, England) and Paul Moss (b. Liverpool, England; banjo). Moss was replaced by rhythm guitarist Ralph Ellis (b. 8 March 1942) in 1960. This line-up became one of the leading attractions on the Merseyside beat group scene and also played in Hamburg. Following the Beatles’ first successes, the Swinging Blue Jeans (as they had been renamed) signed a recording contract with the HMV Records label. The Beatles-sounding ‘It’s Too Late Now’, was a minor hit the following year, but it was the band’s third single, ‘Hippy Hippy Shake’, that provided...

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