Here is a dropbox link https://www.dropbox.com/s/9nnfi7jg8yq1xlt/sockhop.mid?dl=0 to a midi file named sockhop.mid I found this file in the early 90s, and it is what made me want to someday be able to play boogie woogie/rock'n'roll. I wished I knew something more about it like: Who performed it? Who composed it? Is it a version of some published song? (The melody in choruses 2, 3, and 6 is similar to Elvis' "It's Christmas Time, Pretty Baby"?) Where can I find more piano solos like this?
Well, after spending some time working on Arthur's Boogie Woogie book, I'm working on learning to play this "Sockhop". I'm seeing now how it's made from the Licks. For example: The pickup notes into bar 1 are like Lick #4. Bar 2 is "the lick", which occurs in 3 variations in the first chorus. Bars 9 and 10 are a variation of Track 100 in the book (Lick #8).
Joel, this is very cool actually. How did you find a midi file in the 90s with no context (title, artist, etc) ??
It sounds like someone is playing a Chuck Berry song with hints of the style of Amos Milburn, but with no left hand boogie bass pattern.
Lots of lick #1 and Lick #6 sounds in there.
Very cool thanks for sharing!
The 2nd bar of the 4th chorus (about :53 in the midi) sounds a little strange to me. The top note goes C, Eb, D, Eb, D, C, A, with the bottom note being a 4th below each. If I drop the bottom note to a 6th below, then it is like Lick #3, and sounds better to my ear. But I suppose that's a matter of taste. (This phrase becomes the repeated theme of the 5th chorus, where the octave below is also added. In that case, for now I'm playing just the octaves, which is enough of a challenge for me now, and I maybe like the sound of it better as just octaves.)