Boogie rock

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Boogie rock is a music genre which came out of the hard heavy blues rock of the late 1960s.[1] Largely designed for dance parties, it tends to feature a repetitive driving rhythm in place of instrumental experimentation found in the more progressive blues-rock bands of the period.


Boogie rockers concentrate on the groove, working a steady, chugging back beat, often in shuffle time.[2]


One of the first bands to popularize boogie rock worldwide was Canned Heat.[3] Boogie rock reached the height of its popularity in the mid to late 1970s.[4]

Many US boogie rock bands have a southern feeling, like Canned Heat, ZZ Top, The Allman Brothers Band,[5] Lynyrd Skynyrd, George Thorogood & The Destroyers , Jo Jo Gunne, Grand Funk and Ram Jam . The Canadian band Bachman-Turner Overdrive also popularized a style of heavy, danceable boogie rock in the mid-1970s.[6]

British bands include Suzi Quatro, Gary Glitter, Status Quo,[7] Humble Pie, Savoy Brown,[8] Foghat,[9] T-Rex, Spider and Engine. Status Quo became, from the early 1970s the most significant British boogie rock band.


  1. ^ Sunday Morning Playlist: Blues Rock
  2. ^ MSN Entertainment - Music: Boogie Rock
  3. ^ Festival brings the blues to Portland's waterfront
  4. ^ Free Boogie Rock Music: Album, Track and Artist Charts - Rhapsody Online
  5. ^ Boogie Rock at Allmusic
  6. ^ Interview track on the 1998 CD release King Biscuit Flower Hour: Bachman-Turner Overdrive
  7. ^ STATUS QUO | Unique, Detailed Biography | MusicMight
  8. ^ Larkin, Colin, ed. (1997). "Savoy Brown". Encyclopedia of Popular Music, Concise Edition. London: Virgin Publishing Ltd. p. 1056. ISBN 1-85227-745-9. "Having honed a simple, blues-boogie style, the guitarist now seemed content to repeat it..." 
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