The Legends of the Rocking Dutchman - episode 197
The history of boogie-woogie
Today the history of a left-hand piano rhythm that slowly conquered African-American music and Rock 'n Roll - the boogie-woogie. It originated in Eastern Texas, probably in the 1870s, but we even start fifty years before that, with a piano sonata of Beethoven that bears a remarkable resemblance to the boogie-woogie.
The early history of boogie-woogie is hardly documented but we do know that it originated in the African-American culture. We will never know if the musical genius that first pounded out the typical musical figures, will ever have heard that sonata of Beethoven - or played it himself from a piece of sheet music. Maybe not the most likely scenario but definitely not impossible.
The first boogie woogie sheet music and recordings come from the mid-twenties. From there, we will go to the boogie-woogie craze of the late thirties and early forties, and make a step into Rock 'n Roll. This definitely is a show you should not miss.