Blues Then and Now - The History of the Blues (Chapter 5, page 1 of 8)


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Chapter 5

Boogie-woogie was in vogue again. Boogie pianist Pete Johnson recorded "Goin' Away Blues" on the Vocalion Label Blue Note 4, recorded "Chicago in Mind" by Albert Ammons. Tommy Dorsey and his orchestra recorded "Boogie-Woogie" on Victor Records in 1938. Charlie Barnet's orchestra recorded "Scrub Me Marna with a. Boogie Beat" in 1940 on the Bluebird Label. Columbia Records released "Boogie-Woogie Conga" by Will Bradley in 1942 and Count Basie's "Basie.'s Boogie" in 1941 on the Okeh Label.

During the World War II years, boogie-woogie was still going strong. There was Freddie Slack's hit of "Cow Cow Boogie" with Ella Mae Morse. Will Bradley followed up with another hit with "Beat Me, Daddy, Eight to the Bar," and the immortal Andrew Sister's hit of "Boogie-Woogie Bugle Boy." Boogie-woogie was so widely accepted by the public that it became a standard feature of the blues. Helping to keep the blues alive were, 'Big Bill' Broonzy (William Lee Conley), John Lee (Sonny Boy) Williamson, Blind John Davis, 'Big Maceo' (Major Merriweather), 'Little Brother' Montgomery and Joe Turner.

When the decade of the 1930s began, Leroy Carr, a popular urban blues singer and pianist from Nashville, Tennessee with his partner guitarist Scrapper Blackwell made several hits on the Vocalion Label, they included, "How Long, How Long Blues," Midnight Hour Blues," "Hurry Down Sunshine" and "Prison Bound. Unfortunately, Leroy's career was cut short on April 28, 1935 when he died of cirrhosis of the liver. He was 30 years old.

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