What a great band this was! They were formed in 1969 by steel guitarist Glenn Ross Campbell, sax player Chris Mercer and vocalist Ray Owen, all of whom had been members of "The Misunderstood", a mid to late sixties prog/psych outfit. Owen left after the first album, ( he recorded an album as "Ray Owen's Moon" in 1971 ), to be replaced by arguably one of England's best ever blues/rock vocalists, Paul Williams, from Zoot Money's band. Other new members for this album were drummer Rod Coombes and guitarist Micky Moody, whose style complimented that of Campbell perfectly. This was the band's second and final effort for Vertigo Records, and original copies of the album and its great gatefold sleeve are quite scarce today. They subsequently released another two albums before finally calling it a day in 1972. In the mid nineties, Ray Owen revived the band and released a fairly good album called "Here she comes again", and Paul Williams also formed an offshoot of Juicy Lucy called "Blue Thunder". Williams was recently seen in London fronting Jon Hiseman's Colosseum, standing in for Chris Farlowe, who was guesting for Van Morrison.

Juicy Lucy 
Juicy Lucy - Pretty Woman, from "Lie back and Enjoy it", their second album, released in 1970. We've featured Glenn "Ross" Campbell's band on a number of occasions before, so we won't go into their impressive history again here. What we will tell you, however, is that this was the first album to feature one of England's best ever blues/rock vocalists, Paul Williams, who'd come from Zoot Money's band. He replaced Ray Owen, who went on to form his own outfit, "Ray Owen's Moon". It was also the first album to feature other new members Rod Coombes on drums and Micky Moody on guitars, both of whom had replaced Pete Dobson and Neil Hubbard respectively (you may recall that Neil Hubbard was also involved with Kokomo, an outfit we featured quite recently). The band went on to release a further two albums, "Get a Whiff a This" in 1971 and "Pieces" in 1972, before splitting that year. Owen revived Juicy Lucy in the mid to late nineties, and Paul Williams fronted a version of Juicy Lucy called "Blue Thunder" at about the same time. 

Juicy Lucy 
Juicy Lucy - Mr.Skin, from "Getawhiffathis" in 1971, their 3rd album. UK outfit Juicy Lucy were formed in 1969 when three members of The Misunderstood, Glenn 'Ross' Campbell (steel guitar), Ray Owen (vocals) and tenor sax player Chris Mercer joined forces with bassist Keith Ellis, drummer Pete Dobson and guitarist Neil Hubbard. Late in 1969, they signed to Gerry Bron's new Bronze production company, through which they got a recording deal with Vertigo, the new progressive rock label being set up by Phonogram. Their self-titled debut was the second album for the label (catalogue number VO 2, the first being Colosseum's "The Valentyne Suite"), was released towards the end of that year. It spawned their debut single, "Who do you Love", a cover of the famous Bo Diddley number. It reached number 14 on the charts and remained there for 12 weeks, with the album peaking at number 41. Owen, Dobson and Hubbard later left the band, with their respective replacements being Paul Williams (ex-Zoot Money's Band), one of the UK's best ever vocalists, Rod Coombes and Micky Moody, and this line-up featured on the follow-up album, "Lie Back and Enjoy it" the following year. Our featured album, arguably the band's best moment, saw Jim Leverton replace Keith Ellis on bass, and it contained two stunning covers, the first being our featured track, originally written by Randy California (Spirit) and the second being the Allman Brother's "Midnight Rider". Brilliant stuff from a great band that would go on to release just one further album, "Pieces", in 1972, before disbanding. Ray Owen reformed a version of the band in the nineties, as did Paul Williams (under the "Blue Thunder" monicker). All of Juicy Lucy's albums are available on CD and are worth investigating. 
  

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Biography by Jason Ankeny
Saucy blues-rockers Juicy Lucy formed in 1969 from the ashes of cult-favorite garage band the Misunderstood, reuniting vocalist Ray Owen, steel guitarist Glenn "Ross" Campbell and keyboardist Chris Mercer; with the additions of guitarist Neil Hubbard, bassist Keith Ellis and drummer Pete Dobson, the group immediately notched a UK Top 20 hit with their reading of the Bo Diddley perennial "Who Do You Love," with their self-titled debut LP falling just shy of the Top 40. 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, with bassist Jim Leverton assuming Ellis' duties for the follow-up, 1971's Get a Whiff a This. The constant turnover clearly took its toll on the group both creatively and commercially, with co-founders Campbell and Mercer both exiting prior to the fourth Juicy Lucy album, 1972's Pieces, which was recorded by a makeshift lineup of Williams, Moody, keyboardist Jean Roussel and the former Blodwyn Pig rhythm section of bassist Andy Pyle and drummer Ron Berg. Juicy Lucy finally disbanded shortly thereafter. Ray Owen revived the name in 1995 for the album 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 a guitarist known as Mr. Fish. Legal problems kept the new band from using the Juicy Lucy name so they gigged as Ray Owen's Moon. 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 and touring the U.K. with Nazareth. 

 

Rod Coombes
Pete Dobson
Keith Ellis
Neil Hubbard
Chris Mercer
Micky Moody
Ray Owen
Paul Williams
Glenn Ross Campbell

Zoot Money
Budgie
Deep Purple
Mountain
Bad Company

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Juicy Lucy - 1969 - Juicy Lucy - 4/5

Juicy Lucy - 1970 - Lie Back and Enjoy It - 3/5

Juicy Lucy - 1971 - Get a Whiff of This - 3/5

Juicy Lucy - 1972 - Pieces - 1.5/5

Juicy Lucy - 1994 - Who Do you Love - 4/5

Juicy Lucy - 1998 - Blue Thunder - 3.5/5

Juicy Lucy - 1999 - Here She Comes Again - 3/5

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