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Boogie-Woogie

Cover of "Boogie Woogie Stomp"

Cover of Boogie Woogie Stomp

What is Boogie-Woogie Music?

Boogie-Woogie Music is a kind of piano based blues which was really popular in the dance halls during the late 30’s and early 40’s, even though it’s origins are much earlier. Blues music is usually very emotional, but Boogie-Woogie is all about dance, in fact, Boogie-Woogie lyrics are often instructions on how to do the dance. Nobody really knows where the name “Boogie-Woogie” came from, although the music genre can be dated as far back as the 1870’s in the lumber camps of old-time Texas.

Representative Boogie-Woogie Musicians

Boogie-Woogie Music in its humble beginnings was played in music halls around the country, with very few of the musicians standing the test of time or having a lasting influence on the scene. One of the most famous Boogie-Woogie pianists is probably a chap called Albert Ammons, who released the “Boogie Woogie Stomp” in 1936 which made a great impact on not only Boogie Woogie music, but on the music scene as a whole. Other more modern Boogie-Woogie musicians include Silvan Zingg, Rob Rio and Axel Zwingenberger, and of course, Jools Holland is helping to keep Boogie-Woogie music alive to this very day.

 

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