Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy Midler

“Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy”  was a major hit for The Andrews Sisters and an iconic World War II tune.  This song can be considered an early jump blues recording.  The song is ranked #6 on Songs of the Century.  Bette Midler’s 1972 recording of the song reached the top ten on the U.S. pop singles chart.  (More from Wikipedia)

A torrent of girl groups followed, among them Martha and the Vandellasthe Supremes, the Marvelettesthe Shirellesthe Ronettes, and the Orlons.  Bette Midler’s revival of “Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy” in 1973 reminded rock audiences of the Andrews Sisters, who had had the original hit with “Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy” during World War II.  More recently, the Spice GirlsTLC and Destiny’s Child (whence came Beyoncé) continued the tradition. 


(October 2013)


Last edited: March 22, 2021