Boogie With The Hipster

Long before “hipster” was a derogatory word, there was Harry “The Hipster” Gibson.  These clips were recorded in 1944.  They are undeniable proof that Harry was way ahead of his time, playing the sort of boogie woogie piano tunes that would make Jerry Lee Lewis famous more than a decade later.

But the following song got Gibson blacklisted by the recording industry:

There is always a price to be paid for being ahead of your time.  Harry and his hep cat contemporaries like Slim Gaillard never enjoyed the success of those we think of as rock ‘n’ roll pioneers.  They did the heavy lifting and were tossed aside when the new flavor of the moment stole their sound and made it a bit less threatening to old ladies and their Ovaltines everywhere.


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