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Juicy Lucy

Biography: 

Juicy Lucy were saucy blues-rockers, formed in 1969 from the ashes of the cult garage band The Misunderstood, uniting vocalist Ray Owen, steel guitarist Glenn “Ross” Campbell and keyboardist Chris Mercer. The group later picked up guitarist Neil Hubbard, bassist Keith Ellis plus their drummer Pete Dobson.

The band immediately scored a UK Top 20 hit with their cover version of the Bo Diddley track 'Who Do You Love'. Their debut album then fell just shy of the Top 40 in the British albums chart.

Personnel changes came quickly as ex-Zoot Money singer Paul Williams, guitarist Mick Moody and drummer Rod Coombes, replaced Owen (who exited for a solo career), Hubbard and Dobson for 1970’s Lie Back and Enjoy It. Bassist Jim Leverton assumed Ellis’s duties for the follow-up, 1971’s ''Get a Whiff of This''. The constant turnover took its toll on the group both creatively and commercially, with co-founders Campbell and Mercer exiting before the fourth Juicy Lucy album, 1972’s '''Pieces''. This was recorded by a makeshift line-up of Williams, Moody, keyboardist Jean Roussel and the former Blodwyn Pig rhythm section of bassist Andy Pyle and drummer Ron Berg.

Juicy Lucy disbanded shortly after.

Founder member Ray Owen revived the name in 1995 for the albums 'Blue Thunder' and 'Here She Comes Again' which found Mike Jarvis (guitar), Andy Doughty (bass), and Spencer Blackledge (drums) rounding out the band. A couple of years later this version of the band broke up but Owen wanted to keep on going, especially when he formed a musical partnership with guitarist Mr Fish. Legal problems kept the new band from using the Juicy Lucy name, so they gigged as Ray Owen’s Moon.

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By 2004 bassist Fudge and drummer Fletch had joined the band and the legal issue was settled. The new Juicy Lucy spent 2006 working on a new album (subsequently titled Do That And You’ll Lose It), and touring Britain with fellow veterans Nazareth.

 

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