Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Boots Brown And His Blockbusters - "Juicy"

Boots Brown cut this knockoff of Bill Justis' "Raunchy" called "Juicy" in 1958. It's just similar enough to have the hit potential without blatantly plagiarizing the original. The A side is a "Tequila" ripoff called "Cerveza," which I will also post at some point in the future. If you like twangy guitars and sax, then you will dig this.
Reader snakeboy pondered if this might have been Boots Randolph and Chet Atkins. Looking into it, I found that Boots Brown was a pseudonym used by West Coast jazz trumpetist Shorty Rogers. He played with his backing band the Blockbusters which included the likes of Barney Kessel, Bill Pittman and Milton Norman on guitar, Red Callender on bass, Shelly Manne on drums and Larry Bunker on percussion. On this single the band featured Bud Shank, Jimmy Rowles and Mel Lewis. "Cerveza" went to number 23 in the U.S. charts in 1958.

1 comment:

  1. Hmmm, could this be Boots Randolph and Chet Atkins slumming?