Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy

The Andrews Sisters

About Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy

"Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy" is a song which became a major hit for The Andrews Sisters and an iconic World War II tune. It reached number six on the U. S. pop singles chart in early 1941. The song is ranked No. 6 on Songs of the Century. Bette Midler's 1972 recording of the song also reached the top ten on the U. S. Billboard Hot 100. "Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy" was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Original Song but lost out to "The Last Time I Saw Paris". The song is closely based on an earlier Raye-Prince hit, "Beat Me Daddy, Eight to the Bar," which is about a virtuoso boogie-woogie piano player.  


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1988
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He was a famous trumpet man from out Chicago way
He had a boogie style that no one else could play
He was the top man at his craft
But then his number came up and he was gone with the draft
He's in the army now, a-blowin' reveille
He's the boogie woogie bugle boy of Company B

They made him blow a bugle for his Uncle Sam
It really brought him down because he couldn't jam
The captain seemed to understand
Because the next day the cap' went out and drafted a band
And now the company jumps when he plays reveille
He's the boogie woogie bugle boy of Company B

A-toot, a-toot, a-toot-diddelyada-toot
He blows it eight-to-the-bar, in boogie rhythm
He can't blow a note unless the bass and guitar is playin' with 'I'm
He makes the company jump when he plays reveille
He's the boogie woogie bugle boy of Company B

He was our boogie woogie bugle boy of Company B
And when he plays boogie woogie bugle he was buzy as a "bzzz" bee
And when he plays he makes the company jump eight-to-the-bar
He's the boogie woogie bugle boy of Company B

Toot-toot-toot, toot-diddelyada, toot-diddelyada
Toot, toot, he blows it eight-to-the-bar
He can't blow a note if the bass and guitar isn't with 'I'm
A-a-a-and the company jumps when he plays reveille
He's the boogie woogie bugle boy of Company B

He puts the boys asleep with boogie every night
And wakes 'em up the same way in the early bright
They clap their hands and stamp their feet
Because they know how he plays when someone gives him a beat
He really breaks it up when he plays reveille
He's the boogie woogie bugle boy of Company B

Da-doo-da da-doo-da-da da
Da-doo-da da-doo-da-da da
Da-doo-da da-doo-da-da da
Da-doo-da da-doo-da-da
A-a-a-and the company jumps when he plays reveille
He's the boogie woogie bugle boy of Company B!

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The Andrews Sisters

The Andrews Sisters were a highly successful close harmony singing group of the swing and boogie-woogie eras. The group consisted of three sisters: contralto LaVerne Sophia Andrews (July 6, 1911 – May 8, 1967), soprano Maxene Angelyn Andrews (January 3, 1916 – October 21, 1995), and mezzo-soprano Patricia Marie "Patty" Andrews (born February 16, 1918). Throughout their long career, the sisters sold well over 75 million records (the last official count released by MCA Records in the mid-1970s). Their 1941 hit "Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy" can be considered an early example of rhythm and blues or jump blues. more »

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Written by: DON RAYE, HUGHIE PRINCE

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10 facts about this song

History
"Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy" was originally recorded by The Andrews Sisters in 1941. Bette Midler’s version, which kicked off her career, was released in 1972.
World War II Connection
The song captures the spirit of World War II, as it was introduced by the Andrews Sisters in Abbot & Costello's musical film "Buck Privates."
Grammy Awards
Bette Midler's version of "Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy" earned her a Grammy Award in 1973 for the Best Female Pop Vocal Performance.
Song's Origin
The song was written by Don Raye and Hughie Prince.
Chart Success
The Andrews Sisters' version of the song peaked at No.6 on US charts during the initial release. Midler’s version reached No.8 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in 1973.
Iconic Line-Up
For Bette Midler, her "Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy" performance often included a trio in Andrews Sisters-style uniforms. This referred back to the original version which was performed by the three Andrews Sisters.
Song Theme
The song tells the story of a street musician who is drafted into the military during World War II and made the bugler because of his unique style of playing.
Impact
The Andrews Sisters' version of the song is considered an iconic World War II tune and is recognized in the Grammy Hall of Fame. In 2006, it was selected for preservation in the National Recording Registry by the Library of Congress.
Music Video
In Midler’s rendition, she also stars in the accompanying music video where she plays all three parts, effectively recreating the Andrews Sisters look and stylized choreography.
Song's Influence
"Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy" has been covered by numerous artists from different genres and has often been used in movies and commercials. The song’s catchiness and its connection to a significant period in history have helped it stay relevant over the years.

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