Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy – Andrews Sisters

March 14, 2022

Today’s song is “Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy” by The Andrews Sisters. In this iconic wartime tune, the singing sisters come through with harmonies sweet enough to make even the toughest soldier swoon.

Fun Facts: 

  • All 3 of the Andrews sisters were born in Minneapolis, Minnesota. LaVerne, Maxene, and Patty comprised the group from its founding in 1925.
  • In their 40-year run, The Andrews Sisters had many hits, which include “Bei Mir Bist Du Schön,” “Don’t Sit Under the Apple Tree (With Anyone Else but Me),” and “Rum and Coca Cola.”
  • “Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy” was recorded and released in 1941 for Decca Records. The song is considered to be in the genre of jump blues.
  • The song was a massive success, reaching number 6 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.
  • “Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy” was featured in the film Buck Privates. It was nominated for the 1942 Academy Award for Best Original Song, but it did not win.
  • The song was originally called “Boogie Woogie Bugler” and was initially written for Lou Costello for the film.
  • Bette Midler’s cover of the song was included on her album “The Divine Miss M.” It reached number 8 on the Billboard Hot 100.

Lyrics:

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He was a famous trumpet man from out Chicago way

He had a boogie style that no one else could play

He was the top man at his craft

But then his number came up and he was gone with the draft

He’s in the army now, a blowin’ reveille

He’s the boogie woogie bugle boy of Company B

They made him blow a bugle for his Uncle Sam

It really brought him down because he couldn’t jam

The captain seemed to understand

Because the next day the cap’ went out and drafted a band

And now the company jumps when he plays reveille

He’s the boogie woogie bugle boy of Company B

A toot, a toot, a toot diddelyada toot

He blows it eight to the bar, in boogie rhythm

He can’t blow a note unless the bass and guitar is playin’ with ‘I’m

He makes the company jump when he plays reveille

He’s the boogie woogie bugle boy of Company B

He was our boogie woogie bugle boy of Company B

And when he plays boogie woogie bugle he was buzy as a bzzz bee

And when he plays he makes the company jump eight to the bar

He’s the boogie woogie bugle boy of Company B

Toot toot toot, toot diddelyada, toot diddelyada

Toot, toot, he blows it eight to the bar

He can’t blow a note if the bass and guitar isn’t with ‘I’m

A a a and the company jumps when he plays reveille

He’s the boogie woogie bugle boy of Company B

He puts the boys asleep with boogie every night

And wakes ’em up the same way in the early bright

They clap their hands and stamp their feet

Because they know how he plays when someone gives him a beat

He really breaks it up when he plays reveille

He’s the boogie woogie bugle boy of Company B

Da doo da da doo da da da

Da doo da da doo da da da

Da doo da da doo da da da

Da doo da da doo da da

A a a and the company jumps when he plays reveille

He’s the boogie woogie bugle boy of Company B

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