Boogie rock

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Boogie rock
Stylistic origins Boogie woogie, rock and roll, blues rock, rhythm and blues, hard rock
Cultural origins 1960s Britain and United States
Typical instruments Guitar, bass, drums, piano, harmonica

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 twang, like Canned Heat, ZZ Top, The Allman Brothers Band,[5] Lynyrd Skynyrd, and George Thorogood & The Destroyers. The American rock band Kansas was also known for its unique blend of progressive rock and boogie rock, especially on their self-titled debut album. The Canadian band Bachman-Turner Overdrive also popularized a style of heavy, danceable boogie rock in the mid-1970s.[6]

British bands include 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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