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Beat Me Daddy, 8 to the Bar

June 3, 2017


The hard partying Freddie Slack, aka "Daddy" Slack. Master of the 88's, a leader of the Boogie Woogie craze - he's the piano on Will Bradley's genre defining hit, "Beat Me Daddy Eight to the Bar". He co-wrote "The House of Blue Lights" and with Ella Mae Morse on vocals, his band introduced one of the biggest hits of the 1940's - "Cow Cow Boogie". Freddie Slack was from Viroqua, Wisconsin. He left town at age 17 to pursue a big time music career. He played with all the greats before launching his own band in 1942. Liberace considered him a key influence and inspiration.  The first clip shows Freddie while still a member of the Will Bradley Orchestra,  pounding the keys and surrounded by dames. In the second clip, Ella Mae Morse and Freddie do "The House of Blue Lights."