Cow-Cow and the Boogie-Woogie

Posted: November 5, 2012 in Boogie Woogie, Cow Cow Davenport

Author: Cow Cow Davenport

Source: The Jazz Record, n° 5, April 15, 1943

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“The word “Boogie” was derived from our old grandmothers’ use of the word meaning the devil. When the kids broke the rules in any way such as fighting, running away or disobeying in any way we were told that the ” Boogie man” was going to get us. The blues was considered bad music as it usually alluded to love affairs. In those days, only the lowest class of people in the towns, or people who were known to be without self-respect, would dare to be heard singing the blues.”

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