Tuesday, January 18, 2011

The Virtues - Guitar Boogie Shuffle

This is personally one of the most influential records that had me wanting to play guitar as a lad. The song was originally written by Arthur "Guitar Boogie" Smith as a country hit in 1948 that sold nearly 3 million copies. Frank Virtue (1922-1987) struck gold again with this song when his band, The Virtues released a rock reworking of the song in 1958. The instrumental became a major hit in the U.S., peaking at #27 on the Black Singles chart and #5 on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1959. Recorded in the basement of his Fayette Street house in Philadelphia, Guitar Boogie Shuffle is a milestone in early rock and roll history.

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