Chicken Shack Boogie

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"Chicken Shack Boogie"
Single by Amos Milburn
B-side "It Took a Long, Long Time"
Released September 1948 (1948-09)
Format 10" 78 rpm record

Universal Studios, Los Angeles

November 19, 1947 (1947-11-19)
Genre Blues, Jump Blues
Length 2:48
Label Aladdin (Cat. no. 3014)
Writer(s) Amos Milburn, Lola Cullum aka Anne Cullum
Amos Milburn singles chronology
"Down the Road Apiece"/ "Don't Beg Me"
"Chicken Shack Boogie"
"Bewildered"/ "A&M Blues"

"Chicken Shack Boogie" is a 1948 jump-boogie style song by West Coast blues artist Amos Milburn. It was the first of four number-one hits on the R&B chart by Milburn. It was the B-side of a 78 RPM single,[1] the A-side of which, "It Took a Long, Long Time", reached number nine on the same chart.[2]

In 1956, Milburn released "Chicken Shack", a faster rock and roll version of the song (subsequently included on his 1957 album Let's Have a Party). This version runs about 2:30 and is sometimes titled "Chicken Shack Boogie" when reissued on compilations. This version includes Earl Palmer on drums.[3]


  1. ^ Chicken Shack Boogie at Discogs
  2. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). Top R&B/Hip-Hop Singles: 1942-2004. Record Research. p. 265. 
  3. ^ Scherman, Tony, Backbeat: The Earl Palmer Story, forward by Wynton Marsalis, Smithsonian Institute Press, Washington D.C., 1999p. 173
Preceded by
"Bewildered" by The Red Miller Trio
Billboard Best Selling Retail Race Records number-one single
December 4, 1948
Succeeded by
"Bewildered" by Amos Milburn