Juicy Lucy (band)

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Juicy Lucy
Origin United Kingdom
Genres Blues rock, hard rock, folk rock
Years active1969–1973, 1995–1997, 2004–present
Labels Vertigo, Bronze, Polydor
Associated acts The Misunderstood
MembersSteve 'Mr Fish' Fishwick
Past members Glenn Ross Campbell
Chris Mercer
Neil Hubbard
Keith Ellis
Pete Dobson
Paul Williams
Micky Moody
Rod Coombes
Jim Leverton
Tony Murray
Jean Roussel
Andy Pyle
Ron Berg
Mike Jarvis
Andy Doughty
Spencer Blackledge
Sylvain Galesso
Rosie Woodland
Paul Fletcher
Colin Fudge
James Morris
Frank Cokayne
Ray Owen (b. 14 July 1947 d. 31 October 2018) (age 71)

Juicy Lucy is a British blues rock band officially formed on 1 October 1969. After the demise of The Misunderstood, Juicy Lucy was formed by steel guitarist Glenn Ross Campbell, and prolific Blackburn saxophonist Chris Mercer. [1] The group later recruited vocalist Ray Owen, guitarist Neil Hubbard, bassist Keith Ellis, and drummer Pete Dobson. [2]

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The Misunderstood mid-1960s rock band

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Glenn Ross Campbell guitarist most notable as a member of The Misunderstood

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The band name was inspired by a character in The Virgin Soldiers (1966) by Leslie Thomas. [3]

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Career

The band immediately notched a UK Top 20 hit with their cover version of the Bo Diddley composition "Who Do You Love?" [4] Their eponymous debut album then fell just shy of the Top 40 in the UK Albums Chart. [2] The album's cover featured a burlesque dancer named Zelda Plum, naked except for a covering of fruit.

United Kingdom Country in Europe

The United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, commonly known as the United Kingdom (UK) or Britain, is a sovereign country located off the north-western coast of the European mainland. The United Kingdom includes the island of Great Britain, the north-eastern part of the island of Ireland, and many smaller islands. Northern Ireland is the only part of the United Kingdom that shares a land border with another sovereign state, the Republic of Ireland. Apart from this land border, the United Kingdom is surrounded by the Atlantic Ocean, with the North Sea to the east, the English Channel to the south and the Celtic Sea to the south-west, giving it the 12th-longest coastline in the world. The Irish Sea separates Great Britain and Ireland. The United Kingdom's 242,500 square kilometres (93,600 sq mi) were home to an estimated 66.0 million inhabitants in 2017.

Bo Diddley American R&B musician

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Line-up changes ensued, as former Zoot Money singer Paul Williams (born Paul William Yarlett, 1940), [5] [6] guitarist Micky Moody, and drummer Rod Coombes replaced Ray Owen (who joined Killing Floor, [7] before embarking on a solo career), Neil Hubbard and Pete Dobson, prior to the recording of 1970's Lie Back and Enjoy It (#53 - UK Albums Chart). [4] In May 1970, the band appeared at the annual NME poll-winners concert. [8] Another bassist, Jim Leverton, assumed Ellis' duties for the follow-up, 1971's Get a Whiff a This. [2] In August 1971, Juicy Lucy appeared on the bill at the Weeley Festival near Clacton-on-Sea, Essex. [9]

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The constant turnover took its toll on the group both creatively and commercially, with co-founders Campbell and Mercer, plus Coombes exiting prior to 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 thereafter.

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Juicy Lucy's version of the song "Who Do You Love?" was subsequently featured in the video game Shellshock: Nam '67 .

In 1995, Ray Owen resurrected the band's name and recorded the album Here She Comes Again. The line-up for this recording also included Mike Jarvis (guitar), Andy Doughty (bass), and Spencer Blackledge (drums). This version of the band broke up in 1997, but Owen persevered and joined up with guitarist Steve 'Mr Fish' Fishwick. Although legal problems would not allow them usage of the name Juicy Lucy, the outfit performed as Ray Owen's Moon (Moon being the title of Ray Owen's 1971 solo album).

In 2004, bassist Colin Fudge and drummer Paul Fletcher joined the band, after the legal situation had been resolved. This version of Juicy Lucy released the album Do That And You'll Lose It in 2006 and toured the UK with Nazareth. They played at the Cambridge Rock Festival in 2008.

In 2009, a new line-up of Juicy Lucy was formed as - due to health problems - Owen was unable to continue touring on a regular basis. The band was then fronted by singer/guitarist Steve 'Mr Fish' Fishwick, with Paul Fletcher on drums and James Morris on bass, and this line-up continued to tour throughout the UK. In September 2012, Frank Cokayne (on bass guitar) joined Fishwick and Fletcher in the UK-based version of the band. The songs "Mississippi Woman" and "Who Do You Love?" (from the band's first album) were regularly performed live by this trio, until they parted ways in 2018.

Owen occasionally played live in France under the moniker "Ray Owen's Juicy Lucy", accompanied by Mike Jarvis and Spencer Blackledge from the 1990s incarnation of the band, and latterly with Sylvain Galesso on drums and Rosie Woodland on bass guitar. He also performed solo acoustic sets around the UK, including regular engagements at the Lewes Con Club, before his death from cancer on 31 October 2018. [10]

Album discography

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