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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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Author: Cow Cow Davenport

Source: The Jazz Record, December 1944

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“When I was a boy down in Alabama, the people who played music played only guitars. The guitars were carried swung on the neck with a long string, and people called them easy riders. My father didn’t like that idea of his son being an easy rider so he wouldn’t let me learn music. In those days the musicians had all the girls, and daddy despised it; so he didn’t allow me to play in his house. He had purchased a piano, though. My mother was pianist for a church they organized. My mother admired me because I could play, and my daddy hated me because I could play. He was going to make out of me what he wanted me to be, that was a pread1er. He sent me to Selma University, a Baptist college in Alabama.”

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