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The Andrews Sisters

Beat Me Daddy, Eight To The Bar

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  • Jazz
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  • Boogie Woogie
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  • 2000
  • 1920
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  • 1940
  • 1996

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“Beat Me Daddy, Eight to the Bar” is a song written in 1940 by Don Raye, with credit given to Ray McKinley. It follows the American boogie-woogie tradition of syncopated piano music. The song was first recorded in 1940 by the Will Bradley orchestra, featuring Ray McKinley and pianist Freddie Slack. The title adopts 1940s hipster slang coined by Raye’s friend, Ray McKinley, a drummer and lead singer in the Jimmy Dorsey band in the 1930s. McKinley kicked off certain uptempo songs by asking pianist Freddie Slack – nicknamed “Daddy” – to give him a boogie beat, or “eight to the bar”. For that reason Raye gave partial songwriting credit to McKinley. (The song was formally published under McKinley’s wife’s name, Eleanore Sheehy, because McKinley was under a songwriting... Read on...

Song lines: ♪ They holler out, "Beat me Daddy, eight to the bar ... But when he plays with the bass and guitar ... A-plunkin' on the keys

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