‘Woogie Boogie’ was a song written by Chris Andrews, an English singer and songwriter who had a good number of hits in South Africa which included ‘Yesterday Man’, ‘Pretty Belinda’ and ‘Yo Yo’. He was also responsible for a number of other artist’s hits such as Sandie Shaw’s ‘Puppet On A String’ which he wrote. ‘Woogie Boogie’ was one of his less successful compositions in terms of international appeal as it only managed to get to number 30 in Holland when Dutch act Ferrari recorded it.
However, we in South Africa seemed to dig what Andrews did as he scored at least 11 hits on our charts as a song writer, 4 of which (all of them with him as artist) made number 1. Platform 6’s take on ‘Woogie Boogie’ would land him a number 3 hit in SA and its not too surprising when he uses a simply stomping beat that you can dance to with a catchy tune laid on top of it.
Platform 6 were from Vereeniging and comprosed Keith Taylor (vocals), Gary Smith (vocals), Jack Mouton (guitar), Michael Nosworthy (organ), Hennie Botha (bass), Jan Labuschagne (drums). They took the Andrews composition and, where Ferrari used a rather breathy vocal and a slower pace, they injected a stonger vocal and certainly gave the song a bit of oomph on the pace front. You will find yourself tapping your foot away to this poppy tune and who knows you may even get up and woogie boogie a bit.
Where to find it:
Various Artists – The Best of SA Pop Volume 3 (1994) GSP, CDREDD 610