The song “Choo Choo Ch’Boogie” is one of the first songs that Eclectic Vinyl Orchestra learned. It’s a shuffle and for me it epitomized “Jump Blues” from the late forties. In fact the recording by ”Louis Jordan & His Tympany Five” was on the R&B charts for 18 weeks in 1948. I loved the song because it was a forshadowing of the 50s Rock and Roll that would come along later.
Louis Jordan and his Tympany Five
I believe I first heard the song on a Bill Hayley and the Comets’ album. He, of course, is credited as one of the pioneers of Rock and Roll with his “Rock Around the Clock’. Wikipedia tells me that the three songwriters, Denver Darling, Vaughn Horton and Milt Gabler, were actually country and western music writers. Darling and Horton were known for writing ‘hillbilly’ music. The third writer Milt Gabler, was Louis Jordan’s producer and also produced Bill Hayley’s “Rock Around the Clock” and “Choo Choo Ch’boogie” so there is the rock and roll connection.
The song seems to cover many genres. As I mentioned in a previous blog, I had no idea that EVO was going to be a vocal band when we began but once we started learning the song, there was Jim and Matty harmonizing the chorus. This was perfect as I had heard the Manhattan Transfer’s countrified version of the song earlier in the woman’s baseball movie “A League of Their Own”.
I should mention that our recording of “Choo Choo Ch’boogie” will be on our CD coming out in the fall.
Until the next time.