A Taste of Honey









A Taste of Honey

A Taste of Honey

was an American musical group in the 1970's and 1980's. The group was well known for one of the greatest hits of the disco era. Their hit was called Boogie Oogie Oogie, and was taken from the Album, A Taste of Honey, in 1978. The sone was number 1 on the charts. The album, A Taste of Honey was number 2 on the charts. The Boogie Oogie Oogie hit was number 1 for three weeks on the Hot 100 Top hits chart. It was the popular disco style the public was looking for at the time. The band was awarded a platinum record for the single and the album and also went on to receive a Grammy Award for The best New Artist in 1978. Their disco release, Do It Good, from their album, Another taste, made it to number 79 on the charts in 1979.

A Taste of Honey consisted of members, Janice Marie Johnson (vocal and bass guitar player), Hazel Payne (vocal and guitar player), Perry Kibble (keyboard), and Donald Johnson (drums). They formed in Los Angeles, California. By 1980 the only two left of the group was Janice Johnson and Hazel Payne. The group was now just a duo but it did not stop them. They released their cover version of the song, Sukiyaki by Kyu Sakamoto. This song was from their third album called, Twice As Sweet. It had been suggested to them to turn the song into a dance tune but they resisted and released it as a ballad and it brought them success as their second and final major hit, of their entire careers, in 1981. The group released their final album called, Ladies of the Eighties, in 1982 and from it came the single, Iíll Try Something new, which hit the Top Billboard Hot 100 chart at number 41. This was their last single to make the charts.

Their popularity faded in the early 1980's so Janice Johnson went on to record solo and released one album, One Taste of Honey which had a spin off single called, Love me Tonight. The song became a minor hit on the R&B charts. Hazel Payne went on to pursue a career in acting as an international stage actress. She appeared in a number of theater plays around the world and one of them was, Oh! What A Night. In 1999, former member, Perry Kibble died from heart failure, at the young age of 49. In 2000, Johnson released her second album, Hiatus of the heart, which received rave reviews. In 2004 the group reunited for the first time in 20 years and they performed on the PBS special, Get Down Tonight: The Disco Explosion and My Music: Funky Soul Superstars. The group had a total of 4 albums together and 8 singles.