Swinging Blue Jeans
The Swinging Blue Jeans were a four piece 1960s British
Merseybeat band, best known for their hit singles with the
HMV label; "Hippy Hippy Shake", "Good Golly Miss Molly",
and "You're No Good". Subsequent singles released that
year and the next made no impression. In 1966, their
version of Burt Bacharach and Hal David's "Don't Make Me
Over" peaked at 31 in the UK Singles Chart, but the group
never charted again.
The group had its origins in 1956, when Bruce McCaskill
formed a jazz influenced skiffle sextet group called the Blue
Genes. The name was chosen by Spud Ward, because
there was already a band called the Bluejeans backing Gene
Vincent. Their line-up included Bruce McCaskill on guitar and
vocals, Arthur Griffiths on rhythm guitar, Kenneth Metcalf
on lead vocals and guitar, Ken Metcalfe on washboard (who
was later replaced by Norman Kuhlke), and Spud Ward on
wooden oil drum bass. Ray Ennis joined from the Rhythm
Rockers when Metcalf. Next came Tommy Hughes on banjo,
with Ralph Ellis later joining on guitar, and Ward moved to
Rory Storm's band, but came back playing double bass.
Ward later joined Ralph Walters and the Dusty Road
Ramblers, and Les Braid took over the bassist spot.
Hughes and McCaskill left, the former for the Army and the
latter over personal disagreements, replaced by John E.
Carter and Paul Moss, respectively. By 1962, they were
working full-time and playing skiffle at venues in Liverpool
and at the Star Club in Hamburg. However the German
audiences booed them off the stage, and the group rapidly
changed direction and focus.