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BOOGIE WOOGIE !!

    Originally called Barrelhouse. Boogie Woogie was more of a Piano musical style (C,G,A,G) than a dance with Pinetop Smith writing the first official Boogie Woogie song in 1928. However, there were main parts of the music style as far back as 1900.

    If there is such a dance, it is known as swing dancing (any style) usually called "Jump Swing" done to faster Blues or Boogie-Woogie music, hence the term "Let's Boogie" (Move Out, Go, Get it in Gear etc) as well as the term "boogie" meaning: let loose, don't hold back, get down etc. Boogie Woogie Music is not always fast however and can be danced to this slower form, usually among the West Coast Swing dancers.

'Eight to the Bar' is basically a double boogie Woogie, these Piano Keys ARE HIT TWICE, such as:
(C,G,A,G = C key x2, G key x2, A key x2, G key x2). Country Boogie basically are the piano keys: C,G,E,G (can be done eight to the bar also) a shuffle rhythm can also be applied.

    In 1938 the "Cotton Club Revue" featured Cab Calloway and the Whitey's Lindy Hoppers. Cab sang and the Hoppers danced to the song "A Lesson In Jive" and it is said the Boogie-Woogie dance formed from this. Not all Boogie Woogie is fast however, some Boogie-Woogie beats have an excellent feel for slower swing music with a BOOGIE WOOGIE beat. West Coast Swing, Hollywood style and Jitterbug were all Boogie Woogie dances when the music became fast. Movements would sometimes consist of Jumps, Stomps, Flying Feet, Hops etc. The movements are not sloppy but tight and clean considering the speed at times. The Boogie Woogie has a definite distinctive 8 beat rhythm that makes you want to swing.     * Rockabilly style was a fusion of Blues and Boogie Woogie by white singers or musicians such as Elvis Presley, Carl Perkins, Jerry Lee Lewis etc.

    Today the Europeans have a dance they call 'Boogie Woogie (see clip on left).' It is in thier Le Roc / Ceroc / Jive family of swing dances (It is not Lindy Hop ... it's closer to old skool West Coast Swing's flying Lindy!.) It works on the East Coast Swing / Jive basic of 1-2-3a4-5a6. There are two styles:
1) Floorwork (Slotted, Girl walks fwd on 1, no aerials) ... When viewed it closely resembles (but its not) old skool "West Coast Flying Lindy" et al: (Skip-Skip---Skip 2,3---Skip 2,3) for the 6 count and (Skip-Skip---Skip 2,3---Skip-Skip---Skip 2,3) for the 8 count and stays pretty slotted... does use Hitch kick timing.
2) Acrobatic (Gymnastic-Lifts etc.) [This style will probably eventually be the dancesport usage in the Olympics].


Birth Place

Creation Date

Creator

Dance Type

New Orleans c.1910 George W. Thomas Swing
       

Sheet Music Covers

Video Clips (pop-up)

Music Titles

1912 - That Syncopated Boogie Boo Not Viewable thru a Youtube Video Pop-up window. 1911 - New Orleans Hop Scop Blues (Thomas)
The Shine Boogie Not Viewable thru a Youtube Video Pop-up window. 1927 - Honky Tonk Train Blues (Lewis)
1949 - Be Bop Boogie Not Viewable thru a Youtube Video Pop-up window. 1928 - Pinetop's Boogie Woogie
 
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1934 - Boogie Woogie (Dorsey & Miller)
  Not Viewable thru a Youtube Video Pop-up window. 1940 - Boogie Woogie on St. Louis Blues
 
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1941 - Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy of Company B.

Various Posters

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1941 - Drum Boogie (Gene Krupa)
Boarding House Blues
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1944 - Piano Boogie Jump (Harry the 'Hipster' Gibson)
Buck and Bubbles Not Viewable thru a Youtube Video Pop-up window. 1950's - Martha's Boogie (Martha Davis & Calvin Pnder)
Dirtie Gertie from Harlem USA Not Viewable thru a Youtube Video Pop-up window. 1953 - Boogie Woogie Maxixe
Follow The Boys Not Viewable thru a Youtube Video Pop-up window. 1990s - Boogie and Beethoven
House Rent Party
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Beat Me Daddy, Eight to the Bar (Andrews Sisters)
Juke Joint Not Viewable thru a Youtube Video Pop-up window. Boogie Woogie Trio I (CD)
Royal Crown Revue Not Viewable thru a Youtube Video Pop-up window. Bumble Bee Boogie
Swingers
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Candyman (Andrews Sisters)
Swing Kids Not Viewable thru a Youtube Video Pop-up window. Cow Cow Boogie (1940s)
Beware - Louis Jordan
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Great Balls Of Fire (Jerry Lee Lewis)
  Not Viewable thru a Youtube Video Pop-up window. Jump, Jive and Wail
 
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Meade Lux Lewis Boogie Woogie
  Not Viewable thru a Youtube Video Pop-up window. Minuet Boogie (Pete Johnson)
  Not Viewable thru a Youtube Video Pop-up window. Pitch a Boogie Woogie
 
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Woogie Boogie (Tommy Dorsey)

Night Clubs

Theaters

Locations

pre 1960 - All "Swing" Nightclubs/ Ballrooms really 1938 - Carnegie Hall n/a
Cotton Club    
Palomar Ballroom    
Savoy Ballroom    

Video Clips (pop-up)

Films (*Music only / no dancing)

Television

Ballets / Stage

Not Viewable thru a Youtube Video Pop-up window. 1936 - Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy (Film Short) n/a 1989 - Black and Blue
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1941 - Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy (Animated Short)    
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1942 - Boogie Woogie Dream*    
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1942 - Cow Cow Boogie* (Dandridge)    
Not Viewable thru a Youtube Video Pop-up window. 1942 - Spirit Of Boogie-Woogie    
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1944 - Groovie Movie    
Not Viewable thru a Youtube Video Pop-up window. 1944 - Pin Up Girl [DVD]    
Not Viewable thru a Youtube Video Pop-up window. 1945 - Scotch Boogie  

Publications

Not Viewable thru a Youtube Video Pop-up window. 1945 - T.G. Boogie Woogie   n/a
Not Viewable thru a Youtube Video Pop-up window. 1947 - No More Mr. Ghost (Cecil Grant)    
Not Viewable thru a Youtube Video Pop-up window. 1947 - Queen Of The Boogie    
Not Viewable thru a Youtube Video Pop-up window. 1948 - Boogie Woogie Blues*    
Not Viewable thru a Youtube Video Pop-up window. 1948 - Melody Time [DVD] (Animated)    
Not Viewable thru a Youtube Video Pop-up window. 1948 - Pitch a Boogie Woogie    
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1950 - Calloway Boogie    
Not Viewable thru a Youtube Video Pop-up window. 1967 - Jungle Book [DVD]    
Not Viewable thru a Youtube Video Pop-up window. 1979 - Roller Boogie [DVD] (Disco Skate)    
Not Viewable thru a Youtube Video Pop-up window. 1997 - Boogie Nights [DVD] (Disco)    
Not Viewable thru a Youtube Video Pop-up window. 1930-39 - 20th Century News Reel (32:10)    

Other Related Dances of the time...

Bug (Bugg) East Coast Swing Jump Swing Push Whip
Carolina Shag Flying Lindy Lindy (Hop) Rock and Roll  
Ceroc / Leroc Jitterbug Mess Around The Slop  
Double Shuffle Speed Swing Jive New Yorker West Coast Swing  
         

Dancers, Choreographers etc.

Political

Andrew Sisters Dean Collins Whitey's Lindy Hoppers
Betty Grable Gil and Nicki Brady Kenny Wetzel's WC Flying Lindy
     

Books, Magazine Articles on the dance...

Title

Author

Date Published

Publisher

Encyclopedia Of Jazz Feather, Leonard 1955 Horizon Press

Musicians

Singers

Poets / Writers

$ Albert Ammons (1907-1949) Andrew Sisters n/a
$ Clarence Williams (1893-1965)    
$ Count Basie (1904-1984)    
$ Cow Cow Davenport (1894-1955)    
$ Fats Waller (1904-1943)    
George W. Thomas (c.1910)    
$ Jimmy E. Yancey (1898-1951)    
$ Louis Jordan (1908-1975)    
$ Louis Prima (1911-1978)    
$ Meade Lux Lewis (c.1927)    
$ Pete Johnson (1904-1967)    
Clarence 'Pinetop' Smith (1904-1929)    

Misc. Research Words that may be related ... to help your searches

8 to the bar Blue Note Honky-tonk Rockabilly
12 Bar Blues Cathouse Hop Shine
45's rpm records Double Boogie Juke Joint Stomp
American Bandstand Field Hollers Jump Blues Stride Piano
Barrelhouse Gin Mills Rent-Party Western Swing
 

Other...

  • Some Lyrics from a popular Boogie Woogie Big Band Song (Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy of Company B) He was a famous trumpet man from old Chicago wayyyyyyy!,
    He had a boogie style that no one else could play,
    He was the top man at- his- craft,
    But then his number came up and he was gone with the draft,
    He's in the army now, a-blowin' reveille,
    He's the boogie-woogie bugle boy of Company B............ They made him blow a bugle for his Uncle Sammmmm,
    It really brought him down, because he couldn't jam,
    The Captain seemed to understand,
    Because the next day the Cap' went out and drafted a band,
    And now the company jumps ... ... when he plays reveille,
    He's the boogie-woogie bugle boy of Company B..............