HONKY TONK TRAIN BLUES

Latest update on 08/02/2012

Artist: Meade Lux Lewis
Author: Meade Lux Lewis
Label: Paramount
Year: 1927

Imitating a train passing buildings and crossing bridges. The first important boogie woogie recording (but shelved for two years). Blues guitarist Blind Lemon Jefferson used a boogie pattern at the beginning of his Rabbit Foot Blues (Paramount - '26), at the same session he cut a Booger Rooger Blues. By all means, see also Pinetop's Boogie Woogie and Cow Cow Boogie.

Covers:

1935:

Albert Ammons [along with Meade Lux Lewis the first musicians on the Blue Note label, started up in '38 by German immigrant Alfred Lion just to record them]

1938:

Claude Bolling

1938:

Benny Goodman

1939:

Jimmy Yancey [Meade Lux Lewis' mentor (1894-1951) but these were his first recordings]

1950:

Bob Crosby

1963:

Rob Hoeke Boogie Woogie Quartet

1974:

Björn Jason Lindh

1974:

Jaap Dekker Boogie Set

1976:

Keith Emerson

1997:

David Maxwell

Became a standard following the depression years, when Meade Lux Lewis was rediscovered by John Hammond Sr. He brought him with Albert Ammons and Pete Johnson to New York in '38 as the Boogie Woogie Trio on his Spirituals To Swing-nights in Carnegie Hall. That's when boogie woogie entered the big world. During WW II the style became highly popular through The Andrews Sisters. In fact the rhythm of their Beat Me Daddy Eight To The Bar and Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy From Company B took a free ride on the back of thirteen year older Honky Tonk Train Blues.

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