Oakie Boogie

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"Oakie Boogie"
Also "Okie Boogie"
Written by Johnny Tyler
Language English
Form Western swing
Original artist Jack Guthrie–1947
Recorded by Ella Mae Morse–1952
(many other artists)

"Oakie Boogie" (sometimes "Okie Boogie") is a Western swing dance song written by Johnny Tyler in 1947. It is recognizable by its refrain:

When you do the Oakie Boogie, and do it Oklahoma style,
That mean old Oakie Boogie is bound to drive you wild.

Jack Guthrie's version (Capitol 341) reached #3 on the charts in 1947[1] and is often included in the list of the first rock and roll songs. The singing of "Oakie Boogie" is the only performance by Guthrie in a film—Ernest Tubb's Hollywood Barn Dance in 1947.[2]

Ella Mae Morse also recorded a version for Capitol which reached #23 in 1952.[3] Her version was one of the first songs arranged by Nelson Riddle.[4] Speedy West played pedal steel guitar on the recording.

The song has been recorded by many artists over the years.


  1. ^ Whitburn, The Billboard Book of Top 40 Country Hits, p. 146: "3/1/47, #3, 3, Oakie Boogie, Capitol 341.
  2. ^ Pugh, Ernest Tubb, p. 120: "Tubb's good friend and 'Oklahoma Hills' star Jack Guthrie makes his only film appearance, singing 'Oakie Boogie' as a special guest toward the end [of Hollywood Barn Dance]."
  3. ^ Lonergan, Hit Records, 1950-1975, p. 163,
  4. ^ Levinson, September in the Rain, p. 104: "... he contacted Nelson [Riddle] to write for Ella Mae Morse. Their first endeavor together was 'Oakie Boogie,' which turned out to be a minor hit."


  • Levinson, Peter. September in the Rain: The Life of Nelson Riddle. Billboard Books, 2001. ISBN 0-8230-7672-5
  • Lonergan, David F. Hit Records, 1950-1975. Scarecrow Press, 2004. ISBN 0-8108-5129-6
  • Pugh, Ronnie. Ernest Tubb: The Texas Troubadour. Duke University Press, 1996. ISBN 0-8223-2190-4
  • Whitburn, Joel. The Billboard Book of Top 40 Country Hits. Billboard Books, 2006. ISBN 0-8230-8291-1