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Boogie Woogie May Be Texas’s
Most Influential Musical Export

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Posted By: StormCnter, 3/23/2020 9:56:14 AM

You’ve probably heard of boogie woogie. Its distinctive bass riffs pop up in Lead Belly’s guitar playing, Elvis Presley’s version of Otis Blackwell’s “All Shook Up,” and Stevie Ray Vaughan’s “Rude Mood.” You can hear its strong influence in the music of pop and jazz pianists such as Jerry Lee Lewis, Little Richard, Fats Domino, Dr. John, and Oscar Peterson. (Snip)How highly regarded was he? In 1977 Contemporary Keyboard magazine ranked him the second-greatest living blues pianist in the world. The first was Ray Charles. Of course, most people in Marshall had never heard of Omar Sharriff.

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Here's a bit of music history and it has nothing to do with the economy or a Chinese virus. There are two video clips, one of Stevie Ray Vaughan and the other of Omar Sharriff.

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Reply 1 - Posted by: poster 3/23/2020 10:35:03 AM (No. 355046)
It was a cool read. Thank you for something different.
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Reply 2 - Posted by: smithereens 3/23/2020 10:46:41 AM (No. 355063)
Yes, an excellent read! The good thing about having it online is playing "The Raven," by Omar Shariff halfway down the page. Beautiful, and thanks for posting - it's a nice break from the news of the day.
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Reply 3 - Posted by: Chuzzles 3/23/2020 11:23:09 AM (No. 355127)
Love any music that makes me want to get up and move. That is why I prefer Old School like DooWop, Blues, Boogie Woogie and Rock. Even a large portion of Disco makes me smile when I hear the music. The modern stuff from the 90's on forward, along with Rap/Hip Hop are garbage. Music should uplift the spirit, not drag it down.
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Reply 4 - Posted by: OBX Pete 3/23/2020 11:44:11 AM (No. 355175)
Anyone who wants to see and hear two masters of boogie woogie should check out Terry Miles and Brendan Kavanagh (Dr. K) on Utube. These two musical wonders perform on public pianos in England malls, airports, subway stations and other places. Unbelievable !!!!!
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Reply 5 - Posted by: bad-hair 3/23/2020 12:18:05 PM (No. 355220)
I am a ragtime piano player at age 70 so the emphasis is on rag lol. Can still get through a lot of Scott Joplin respectably. This article went into my favorites. I've got some learning to do. Suspect God may let me live to 90 to get it down.
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Reply 6 - Posted by: Howard Adams 3/24/2020 12:20:38 AM (No. 355898)
Pleas take time to enjoy the youtubes while you read.
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