May 23, 2010


Jeannie and the Big Guys I Want You (1964) is cool for this Op Art and Mod-influenced video of 1960s graphics. ModCentric quotes the All Music Guide: "Jeannie and the Big Guys were a Chester quintet, originally called Four Hits & A Miss, the "Miss" being teenaged lead singer Rita Hughes, the daughter of a Chester pub owner, who fronted the group as lead singer for a year or so. As Four Hits and A Miss, their repertory included songs like "Lullaby of Birdland." They became the hottest group in Chester and were signed to Pye in 1963, when Hughes was 17, changing their name to Jeannie and the Big Guys in the process. They cut "Boys" by the Shirelles, which they'd likely heard the Beatles perform, and "Sticks and Stones," an old Ray Charles number, but saw no chart action." Despite their somewhat forgettable sound, it is fun to hear a lesser-known band of the era, check out the graphics, and to set us up for some hotter acts.

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