A Taste of Honey (band)

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This article is about the band, there is a play and film with the same name.

A Taste of Honey was the name of an American recording act which scored one of the biggest hits of the disco era.

The group formed in Los Angeles, California, and originally consisted of Janice Marie Johnson (vocals, guitar), Hazel Payne (vocals, bass), Perry Kibble (keyboards) and Donald Johnson (drums).

Their first single Boogie Oogie Oogie tapped into the popular disco style and spent 3 weeks at number one on the US charts in 1978. The group were awarded a platinum record for this single and went on the win the Grammy Award for Best New Artist. Their subsequent disco releases failed to attract attention, and by 1980 the group had reduced to a duo consisting of Janice Marie Johnson and Hazel Payne. When recording their cover version of the song Sukiyaki they resisted suggestions to turn it into a dance tune, and as a soft and simple ballad it brought them the second and final major hit of their careers, when it reached number 3 in 1981.

Although their further albums by the group did not sell well, both Johnson and Payne have remained active in the music business and released solo albums in the late 1990s.

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