Venus In Blue Jeans

Album: Venus In Blue Jeans (1962)
Charted: 7
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  • Predating the Shocking Blue recording "Venus" by seven years, this track was written by Howard Greenfield and Jack Keller. And the Venus concerned was a terrestrial one named Eileen Berner whom Keller had dated. >>
    Suggestion credit:
    Alexander Baron - London, England
  • Jimmy Clanton was one of the few white singers to emerge from New Orleans in the 1950s. In 1958 he hit #4 with "Just A Dream," an R&B track co-written with Cosimo Matassa, who recorded Fats Domino. The following year, he starred in a movie called Go Johnny Go!, which set him up as a teen idol. "Venus In Blue Jeans" fit this image, with Clanton singing about a heavenly teenage girl here on Earth. He was 21 when he recorded it; it was his last Top 40 hit.
  • In the UK, this was a #4 hit for the British singer Mark Wynter, whose version was released soon after Clanton's.
  • This is the kind of song that fared well in 1962: innocent, written by seasoned songwriters, devoid of subtext, recorded by a young singer who was a part-time movie star. The Beatles would soon disrupt this market with more adventurous songs they wrote themselves.
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