BLUESMUSE43. UPDATED October 20, 2021.
There’s been a fair share of boogie woogie piano in this blog lately, including a rare clip
featuring Jools Holland in his younger days banging the ivories with an equally young Dr. John. Just in case you didn’t know, Jools’ BBC TV show, “Later … With Jools Holland”, has become a contemporary music institution, enjoying millions of viewers worldwide, and is highly recommended. The world’s best bands and solo artists regularly appear live and I’ve recently noticed a number of guest artists have started to call it the best music show in the world. Jools, an exceptional pianist, makes a point of playing along with many of his guests, very often in the boogie woogie style. A recent example of the show’s stellar line-ups was Paul McCartney, the Arctic Monkeys and blues guitarist/singer Gary Clarke Jnr. amongst others, all on the same show.
|Canned Heat with lead singer, Bob ‘The Bear’ Hite, centre|
|The great John Lee Hooker|
If you’ve never heard Fried Hockey Boogie’, here’s a link to a seven minute version on
YouTube that’s well worth a listen.
disco craze soiled the disco’s reputation forever), Canned Heat’s boogie made me think all my Christmases had come at once. (Talking of Christmas, have a happy one for 2013, by the way. And, if in the UK, don’t forget the quest to put AC/DC’s Highway to Hell on top of Britain’s Christmas pop chart this year – see links on previous post.)
John Lennon loved it saying he always preferred simple rock and nothing else. So did many others. The song topped charts around the world in 1969 and 1970 selling over two million copies.
‘Down The Dustpipe’. Two years earlier, Quo had had a big hit in the UK and USA
with their unusual ‘progressive’-style, or what’s now called ‘bubblegum
psychedelia’, ‘Pictures of Matchstick Men’.
|Kings of British guitar boogie: Status Quo|
For posterity’s sake and the enlightenment of Quo fans who have never seen it, here’s the link:
|Who else could this be but ZZ Top?|
guitar-style ‘Legs’ even though, apparently, most of the track was done on a synthesiser. And even Legs had a dance-mix version that made the dance charts.
of the boogie guitar ever since.
who included blues legends Lead Belly and Blind Lemon Jefferson. Born in the Louisiana village of Mooringsport in 1888, Lead Belly became one of the first American performers known to incorporate boogie into his guitar playing. Lead Belly once said he adapted a boogie rhythm to the guitar after first hearing boogie woogie piano’s rolling bass in north-east Texas, around 1899.
|The earliest known boogie guitar player. The legend that was Lead Belly.|
“Boogie woogie was known as barrelhouse in those days,” Lead Belly is recorded as saying. Other reports have Lead Belly saying he got the idea to incorporate walking bass piano-style boogie into his guitar playing after seeing an anonymous barrelhouse player called Pinetop (not Pinetop Smith or Pinetop Perkins) in Fannin Street in downtown Shreveport, Louisiana, also around 1899. It’s also said that Lead Belly, 32, taught the younger Lemon Jefferson, aged 17, boogie guitar when they played together in Dallas, Texas around 1910. Lead Belly called his boogie guitar playing, ‘booga-rooga’. All this and much more can be found in the Ebook, How Blues Evolved.Going for a song on the links below.
How Blues Evolved in the UK is on the following link:
In the USA, please follow this link:
Find my blues history America’s Gift at http://goo.gl/At5AZe; How Blues Evolved 1&2 at Amazon eBooks, blues/rock vids at http://goo.gl/UQ8id8