Marshall Texas Birthplace of Boogie Woogie

Marshall Texas Birthplace of Boogie Woogie

By Jack Canson

NOTE: Information in this document is drawn from the historical research of Dr. John Tennison. His sources can be found on his comprehensive website http://www.bowofo.org/

Probably, the first boogie woogie ever played was in a logging camp barrelhouse in the Piney Woods near Marshall. Pianos were often placed in these temporary sheds to keep workers entertained and in the camps at night. Steam locomotives were a constant presence and no doubt strongly influenced the recently emancipated African Americans who were developing their own unique styles of playing …

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