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Boogie Woogie - my heart beat

Updated on January 15, 2014

Boogie rythm reminds me of a train

How do you explain Boogie Woggie? The New Harvard Dictionary of Music2, 1986, defines "Boogie Woogie" as "a piano blues style featuring percussive ostinato accompaniments" that involve "steadily repeated bass patterns, one or two bars long" that "delineate the 12-bar blues progression, sometimes with IV in measure 2 or 10." This dictionary also states, "Melodies range from series of repeated figures reinforcing the explicit beat (including tremolos, riffs, rapid triplets) to polyrhythmic improvisations." To me that does not explain anything of the beat, the rythm and THE JOY of BW! How about you?<

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Facts I found about BW

from many sources

A couple of facts were the same but besides this you will have to go to the links on this lens to read what is said.

Boggie Woogie - spelled Boggie Woggie too - origin from south of Texas, US

It has to do with the sound of the old steam engine trains. When they came tuffing they sounded like the rythm - or did they?

The man on the photo here is George Thomas. He is said the be the first to write down the music.

William and Maeva Dance To BOOGIE STOMP!

When I see this my whole face lit up and I am so sorry I am 23 years old trapped in an old womans body

Tommy Emmanuel

He must be the best guitarr player in the world?

Here is a Boogie Woogie he plays but I strongly recommend that you find more videos by this fantastic muscicians! He sounds like many but is alone on the stage.

Young boy is AMAZING

A really good link about BW - Read and learn


Its Origin, Subsequent History, and Continuing Development

Copyright 2004-2007 by Nonjohn (A.K.A. John Tennison) All Rights Reserved

(This article contains only a fraction of the material that I will eventually publish as a book. Never before published material from my own field research into Boogie Woogie will be in this forthcoming book. If you would like a copy, send an email to

Boogie Woggie - on youTube

Just try to sit still - you cannot!

Do you remember this one

Put on your loudspeakers and enjoy!!

And here he is Silvan Zingg

CHANGES IN BOOGIE-WOOGIE Silvan Zingg (grand piano Bösendorfer 275) Lorenzo Milani (drums) rec 1996, new reprint in 2001 Playing time: 76 minutes!

Dancin' The Boogie - Silvan Zingg, Will & Maéva - You´ve got to see these legs

I have so much fun watching the dancers. Silvan Zingg is playint the boogie but LOOK AT THOSE LEGS of the dancers!

Boogie Woggie - a story from the past

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BW on DVD - Must be good huh

Jerry Lee Lewis- Killer Piano
Jerry Lee Lewis- Killer Piano

On the heels of his landmark recording Last Man Standing Jerry Lee Lewis speaks candidly about his 50-year recording career and for the 1st time demonstrates the piano style that defined rock-and-roll. On Killer Piano Jerry discusses his youth and career reminisces with his family and demonstrates many of his favorite rock-&amp;-roll and country songs.

Gen2 Blues: Motor City Blues & Boogie Woogie Festival
Gen2 Blues: Motor City Blues & Boogie Woogie Festival

Bernard Allison made his recording debut at age 13 with his father, and later performed with Koko Taylor and Willie Dixon. Along the way he learned technique from the likes of Stevie Ray Vaughan and Johnny Winter.

Boogie & the Blues Diva: 2004 Motor City Blues & Boogie Woogie Festival
Boogie & the Blues Diva: 2004 Motor City Blues & Boogie Woogie Festival

Maria Muldaur is best known for the 70's pop staple, Midnight At the Oasis." Today she is acclaimed as a master of American roots music, and the recipient of four Grammy and two W.C. Handy award nominations. Pianist, band leader, and educator James Dapogny is a world-renowned scholar of classic jazz.


Boogie Woggie - enjoy!

The Andrews Sisters - can you believe it

This recording is from around 1940!!!

New YouTube vids

Do you have any idea how much BW I have been listening to to make this lens. I could easily fill the whole lens with youtubes or sites where you can listen. Amazon allows you guys in US to download mp3 - do it!

Please share your thoughts with me - good or bad

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      BlueTrane 5 years ago

      Chuck Berry...the king of boogie woogie :) Fun lens!

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      DM-Creative 5 years ago

      I can guess how much BW you listened to make this lens. It is worth it. I love BW, especially the piano. You have provided awesome info. It's a terrific lens. Thanks.

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      puerdycat lm 6 years ago

      Love, love, love this. Great to discover you! Like &amp; fave.

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      GramaBarb 6 years ago from Vancouver

      This lens just makes me want to dance - especially do I love Silvan Zingg! Blessed!

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      papawu 8 years ago

      What a fantastic vid of 3 of the true greats. I just can't believe this originated in Texas though. It's TEXAS! Hard to believe music so snappy and divine came out of there. Wonderfully done with a lot of great history.

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      RuthCoffee 8 years ago

      Wonderful job on this lens. This music is so distinct, and lively of course. Lots of fun listening!

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      seedplanter 8 years ago

      Wow...Silvan Zingg can really tickle those keys!

      Interesting lens on a topic I knew very little about, Irene. You've done a good, thorough job, and I love all the extras you included. Thank you!

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      anonymous 9 years ago

      Dear Irenemaria,

      Congratulations on what you have put together here, it is an excellent resource you have made and very interesting. I too, spend a lot of my spare time on Youtube (username bumblefingers) viewing their great videos.

      I am less than impressed with many of those posting clips and promoting their 'boogie woogie lessons'. Banging away with very little touch or feel is not the way to play boogie woogie, in my opinion. Silvan Zingg, Robert Wells, Johan Blom and Axel Zwingenberger are among the better true boogie woogie pianists. Their is a great clip of Johnnie Johnson at the Montreaux Jazz Festival, Chuck Berry's pianist for 35 years on Youtube, check it out. There is a boogie pianist with a beautiful touch.

      Unfortunately Amazon won't allow mp3 downloads to Australia, otherwise I would be their best customer.

      Keep up the good work.

      Bumblefingers :-)