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
Recorded Universal Studios, Los Angeles, November 19, 1947 (1947-11-19)
Genre Blues, jump blues
Length 2:48
Label Aladdin (catalogue no. 3014)
Writer(s) Amos Milburn, Lola Cullum (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 song by the West Coast blues artist Amos Milburn.[1] 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,[2] the A-side of which, "It Took a Long, Long Time", reached number nine on the same chart.[3]

In 1956, Milburn released "Chicken Shack", a faster rock-and-roll version (subsequently included on his 1957 album Let's Have a Party). This version runs about 2:30 and is sometimes titled "Chicken Shack Boogie" on later compilation albums. Earl Palmer was the drummer on this version.[4]


  1. ^ Russell, Tony (1997). The Blues: From Robert Johnson to Robert Cray. Dubai: Carlton Books. p. 13. ISBN 1-85868-255-X. 
  2. ^ Chicken Shack Boogie at Discogs.
  3. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). Top R&B/Hip-Hop Singles: 1942–2004. Record Research. p. 265. ISBN 978-0898201604. 
  4. ^ Scherman, Tony (1999). Backbeat: The Earl Palmer Story. Washington, D.C.: Smithsonian Institution Press. p. 173. ISBN 978-0306809804.
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