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Long John Baldry

The liberal/progressive political blog Crooks And Liars posted this video on January 22. The song is from Long John Baldry’s 1971 album “It Ain’t Easy” which was produced by Rod Stewart and Elton John. The song “Don’t Try to Lay No Boogie-Woogie on the King of the Rock and Roll” was his biggest US hit. Baldry also worked as a voice actor. Kids from the 90’s may recognize him as the voice of Dr. Robotnik from “The Adventures Of Sonic The Hedgehog” show. Baldry passed away in 2005.

Two things:

I couldn’t find any info on why he was called “Long John.” I can only assume it refers to his donut preference.

The officer in the song was right. Boogie Woogie is “a kind of jazz rhythm music peculiar to the American Negro.” This peculiar American Negro just loves it!

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