Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy
Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy: The song was written by Don Raye and Hughie Prince, and was recorded at Decca’s Hollywood studios on January 2, 1941, nearly a year before the United States entered World War II but after the start of a peacetime draft to expand the armed forces in anticipation of American involvement. The flipside was “Bounce Me Brother With a Solid Four”. The Andrews Sisters introduced the song in the 1941 Abbott and Costello film Buck Privates, which was in production when they made the record. “Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy” was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Song.
It is closely based on an earlier Raye-Prince hit, “Beat Me Daddy, Eight to the Bar,” which is about a virtuoso boogie-woogie piano player.
Other songs by Raye and Prince with similar titles include these followups to the very successful Beat Me Daddy, Eight to the Bar, all from 1941:
- Scrub me Mama with a Boogie Beat – Wikipedia says: The Andrews Sisters and Will Bradley & His Orchestra recorded the most successful pop versions of the song, but it is today best recognized as the centerpiece of an eponymous Walter Lantz Studio cartoon from 1941. The short, released on March 28, 1941 by Universal Pictures features no director credit (Woody Woodpecker creator Walter Lantz claims to have directed the cartoon himself), with a story by Ben Hardaway, animation by Alex Lovy and Frank Tipper, and voice work by Mel Blanc. [Wikipedia includes a special section within this article called Controversy over content, the content of which is itself in dispute.]
- Bounce Me Brother with a Solid Four – used in Buck Privates
- Fry Me Cookie, with a Can of Lard
Beat Me Daddy, Eight to the Bar – a #2 hit for the Andrews Sisters in 1940
Andrews Sisters in Buck Privates (1941)
V disc recording session, date unknown
The provider of a shorter piece of this filmed recording session writes:
At the beginning of World War II, the War department, through the Army Services Forces — Special Services Division, distributed thousands of shellac phonograph records (V DISCS) to Army Forces throughout the world
Puppini Sisters – recorded for the album Betcha Bottom Dollar, 2006