When Dickie Loader sang about Jenny Jenny and invited her to ‘come and do the shake with me’ he was taking on Little Richard as the latter had also invited Jenny to ‘come along with me’. This Jenny (who was obviously so good that they had named her twice) must have had a tough time trying to decide which of these to go with as they both have very insistent pleas for her attention.
While Little Richard uses sexy sax and plenty piano to woo her, Dickie goes for the jugular with some great guitar work, you know that raw guitar that blistered through a good number of early rock ‘n’ roll songs. Dickie woops and shrieks his way through this fast paced cover of the Little Richard song, injecting it with all the wild teenage hormones that he could summons.
This was a great take on the song, capturing all the right elements of the early days of rock n roll and is perfect for anyone wanting to relive some of those times when grease was the word. Loader and his Blue Jeans’ version of ‘Jenny Jenny’ would make it to the top of the LM Radio charts in 1964 and its not too surprising given the tight way this song shakes, rattles and rolls.
Where to find it:
Various Artists – The Best of SA Pop Volume 3 (1994) GSP, CDREDD 610