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Tommy Dorsey

Boogie Woogie

Jazz
  • Blues
  • Swing
  • Jazz
  • Pop
  • Big Band
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1938
  • 1941
  • 1938
  • 1943
  • 1944
  • 1940

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Boogie-woogie is a style of piano-based blues that became very popular in the late 1930s and early 1940s, but originated much earlier, and was extended from piano, to three pianos at once, guitar, big band, and country and western music, and even gospel. Whilst the blues traditionally depicts a variety of emotions, boogie-woogie is mainly associated with dancing. It’s believed boogie-woogie gave birth to the earliest versions of uptempo music. The lyrics of one of the very earliest, “Pinetop’s Boogie Woogie”, consist entirely of instructions to dancers: :Now, when I tell you to hold yourself, don’t you move a peg. :And when I tell you to get it, I want you to Boogie Woogie! It is characterized by a regular bass figure, an ostinato and the most familiar example of shifts of... Read on...

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