Goodnight everyone, and have a boogie weekend!

Every Friday night we smooth our way into the weekend with music, the universal language. These selections demonstrate that despite what is being passed off as art today, there is plenty of really good music available. Come along and enjoy!

This week a style of music we’ve never featured before.

Boogie woogie, a form of piano music, comes from the blues that originated in America’s Deep South in the 19th century. Blues is known to tell a story, and that story is often about hardships faced by African Americans. Boogie woogie is generally associated with, and keep this in mind, using the left hand to continually play a repeating rhythm, using breaks in the music to rest the left hand and to create suspense in the music, and being unpredictable and using screams and cries to create emotion in the lyrics.

We boogie down this week. Let’s get started.

So, the piano, the way this music originated, is the essential instrument.

If that’s the case, we must begin with the amazing Mr. Showmanship, the pride of West Allis, Wisconsin, Liberace and a TV performance of a selection he did throughout his career, corny jokes and all.

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Did you catch that?

The video is from 1969 and Liberace mentioned “rock and roll.” I’m pretty sure “and roll” had been dropped years before.

We’ve learned that the roots of  the boogie depended on piano. That’s a perfect segue to our next act.

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The husband-wife team of “Captain and Tennille” rose to major stardom in the mid-70’s with the Grammy-award winning #1 smash “Love Will Keep Us Together.” A weekly TV variety show on ABC quickly followed.

The Captain, Darryl Dragon, is the son of orchestra leader Carmen Dragon. He got his nickname when he toured with the Beach Boys, always wearing a nautical hat.

When you watched or heard him you’d swear he was playing a half dozen keyboards at the same time.

Vocalist Tennille could also handle keyboards.

Their second album included a boogie track, written by Tennille and inspired by one of the Captain’s influences, performed here on Tennille’s TV talk show that was broadcast 1980-81.

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After 39 years of marriage, Tennille divorced Dragon in 2014. She expressed a lack of intimacy.

As an intro to our next video look at this photo.

The Sylvers family on "You Bet your Life".  To the far left of father Leon is Charmaine.  In front of Charmaine, stands Edmund.  Directly in front of Leon Sr. is Olympia.  To Olympia's right is Leon|||.  Behind him, his mom Shirley.  In front of the podium is James.  Groucho holds baby Ricky.  Probably 1959.

Leon & Shirley Sylvers appear on Groucho Marx’s game show  “You Bet Your Life” in 1959 with their six children, Olympia, Leon, Charmaine, James, Edmund, and baby Joseph. The kids sang a song written by their father.

Even more children would join the Sylvers’ family. Eventually there would be a total of 10 siblings, nine that formed a group,  appropriately calling themselves “The  Sylvers.”

This song by the Memphis family went to #1 in 1976.

Enjoy the Jacksons on steroids.

OK. Not exactly textbook “boogie.” But it fits our weekly theme.

Huge record. “Boogie Fever” sold two million copies.

BTW that “Midnight Special” was quite the program. Unlike Dick Clark’s “American Bandstand” the singers really sang and the musicians really played.

Back then there was no internet or Facebook. So when you heard a song on Top 40 radio you had no idea what the performers looked like. For example, for some time when I was a kid I thought Tom Jones was black.

When I saw this group for the first time on TV I was surprised at the members who took center stage, and impressed.

Janice–Marie Johnson, a founder of the group, provides the unforgettable bassline.

That was a #1 hit in 1978 and sold two million records. A Taste of Honey won a Grammy for Best New Artist of the Year.

The group had a #3 single with their cover version of “Sukiyaki” before fading at the start of the 1980’s.

That’s it for this week.


Sleep well.

Have a great weekend.

We close with Barry Manilow.

Barry Manilow?

Yes, Barry Manilow. He and his backups singers, Lady Flash from 1977.

And there’s a lot of rapid-fire singing in this track, so we’ve posted the lyrics below the final photo.

Well not too long ago in 1944
When every mothers son was going off to war
They had to lift their spirits high
For Uncle Sam, mother hood and apple pie

Instead of spending money that they didn’t have
In hot spots in the Bronx
They went to hear the kind of jazz
You hear in funky honky tonks

It made you want to
Jump, shout knock yourself out
The boogie-woogie beat is what I’m talking about
If you have the heebie jeebies you can dance away
To the boogie-woogie music of piano man will play
And you could jump, shout, knock yourself out
The boogie-woogie beat is what I’m talking about
You could pull a switcheroonie if your belts go down
With the boogie-woogie beat of a piano man who’s going to town

It had the kind of rhythm that would fill the hall
The plinkin’ and the pluckin’ drove ’em off the wall
And they would dance and drink their gin
And when the fuzz buzz they joined in
So everybody partied till the cows came home
‘Cause that’s what boogie’s for
And every night that dump will jump
And keep them coming back for more
Because they make you wanna…

It made you wanna jump, shout
Who wanna jump, shout
You wanna jump, shout
To the boogie-woogie music of a piano man was playing
You could jump, shout, knock yourself out
The boogie-woogie beat is what I’m talking about
You could pull a switcheroonie if your belts go down
To the boogie-woogie beat of piano
Shake it yes, yes, yes (repeat 4x)

Come go walkin’ with me now
Walk up Avenue C, now
Chicks all lookin’ so pretty
They don’t give me no pity
Avenue C is the grooviest thing in the city
I never dug an avenue so enjoyable to me
“C” Avenue is groovy. Yes, it was groovy as it could be
Walk with me down Avenue C
Man I really want to stay
Come on baby, while we ramble, walk beside me while we ramble
You dig it too I feel you do, what a scenic hike, it’s a walk that you’re bound to like.

Background singers do “Jumpin’ at the Woodside”

I was blue and I was always wearing a frown
Because my gal had turned me down.
Then we met and you can bet I knew from the first,
You were my love,
And that’s when the old gray cloudburst.

Hey baby
I’m gonna tell you ’bout your lovin’
And your kissin’ and your huggin’
And your sweet turtle-dovin’ pretty baby.
I won’t be satisfied till I hear ’em play,
“Here comes the bride.”
Listen to me baby and I don’t mean maybe.
Listen to my story,
It’s terrifficly true.
I gotta find a way of telling you that I really go for you.
I hope you really believe me baby ’cause I certainly do.
‘Cause you’re thrillin’ me, you’re really,
Really thrilling when you tell me that you probably got a kind of crush on me,
That moves me, grooves me.
How divine can one woman be?
Well little darlin’,
You got me fallin’.
You got me goofy and gay.
I’m gonna get carried away.
Just think, you’re gonna be mine someday.
Oh, let’s spin a little,
Park a little, stop a little,
Spark a little,
Live a little,
Love a little,
Maybe turtle-dove a little baby.
Every time you hold me so near,
Nobody loves me like you, dear.
Let’s stop a little, squeeze a little,
Probably maybe tease a little,
Try a little, sigh a little,
Maybe have to cry a little bit,
‘Cause to tell you the truth,
I’m gonna love you and that’s it.
‘Cause I love you baby,
Love you baby,
Love you baby,
Love you baby,
With all my heart.
Ooh, listen to me while I say I let
A lotta little ladies get away
Because I know,
I know pretty baby, I know,
I know, pretty baby,
I know you’re the one, yes you’re the one.
I knew when I met you what a break it was to get you.

We’re goin’ hoppin’ (Hop)
We’re goin’ hoppin’ today
Where things are poppin’ (Pop)
The Philadelphia way
We’re gonna drop in (Drop)
On all the music they play
On the Bandstand (Bandstand)
We’re goin’ swingin’ (Swing)
We’re gonna swing in the crowd
And we’ll be clingin’ (Cling)
And floatin’ high as a cloud
The phones are ringin’ (Ring)
My mom and dad are so proud
I’m on Bandstand (Bandstand)
And I’ll jump, and hey, I may even show ’em my handstand
Because I’m on, because I’m on the American Bandstand
When we dance real slow I’ll show all the guys in the grandstand
What a swinger I am, I am on American Bandstand

We’re goin’ hoppin
We’re goin’ hoppin today
Where thinks are poppin’
The Philadelphia way
We’re gonna drop in
On all the music they play
On the Bandstand (Bandstand)

And now we’re hoppin
And we’ll be hoppin all day
When thinks are poppin’
The Philadelphia way
And you can drop in
On all the music they play
On the Bandstand

And we’ll rock and roll and scroll on American
Lindy hop and slop, it’s American
Tune in, I’m on,
Turn on, I’m in, I’m on
On the Bandstand

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