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On The Record: The Swinging Blue Jeans, plus Bo Diddley, Andrew Duhon, Monica Taylor, Fantastic Cat, & Megan Bee

In the early 1960s, the Swinging Blue Jeans were in pretty much the same place as the Beatles – not just musically, but literally. They had a residency at Liverpool, England’s Cavern Club, where the Beatles, who also famously performed there, once appeared as their guests. Like the Fab Four, moreover, they honed their act at Hamburg, Germany’s Star Club and recorded German versions of a few of their songs. They also combined Merseybeat originals with covers of records by American acts they admired, including some of the same numbers the Beatles interpreted, such as Little Richard’s “Long Tall Sally” and Larry Williams’s “Dizzy Miss Lizzy.” They covered the Beatles’ “This Boy” and the Beatles, in turn, performed their “Hippy Hippy Shake.” Plus, their records often sound a lot like the early John, Paul, George, and Ringo (though at times they seem more redolent of such other British Invasion acts as the Searchers and the Dave Clark Five.)
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