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Marshall, Texas: The Birthplace of Boogie Woogie

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Boogie Woogie Was Born in Marshall

Marshall, Texas is called "the Birthplace of Boogie Woogie" because Marshall is at the center of the geographical area where one of the most revolutionary and influential developments in American music took place.

In the 1930's historians compiled oral histories and interviews indicating that Boogie Woogie piano originated in the Piney Woods of northeast Texas. Research first published in 2004 by Dr. John Tennison, a San Antonio psychiatrist and musicologist, shows that the music emerged in the 1870′s, in close proximity to the Texas & Pacific Railroad, which established its headquarters in Marshall in 1872.

Marshall was also the hometown of Floyd Dixon, another Boogie Woogie and Blues piano great. Huddie "Leadbelly" Ledbetter, who was born nearby, spent much of his life around Marshall. The city's role in the origination of Boogie Woogie Music has been recognized by the Dallas Morning News, the Texas Historical Commission, the State Historian of Texas, and by National Public Radio.

Marshall supports a program to foster and encourage awareness of the city's musical heritage and to promote live musical performance of the many musical genres that have been influenced by Boogie Woogie.

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