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There is a song by the Andrews Sisters from the 1940s whose lyrics talk about a difference between eight-beat rhythm and four-beat rhythm. For example:

The boogie woogie was never like this,

We've got a new beat that no one can miss,

if Boogie woogie sent like I think it did,

Four to the bar will flip your lid.

I do not understand the difference, or why "Little Brown Jug" is a particularly good example of a song which is in four. I thought boogie woogie is in 4/4 time anyway? I would like examples of music which would help me to understand what two types of rhythm the song is talking about and how to hear the difference between them.

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Little Brown Jug is actually in two time. It could be misconstrued as four, but the count would be very fast. –  Tim May 11 at 7:24
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Enough with the edits on this question which change it from a specific question about jargon specific to a historical period and style of music, to a general uninteresting question about the difference between quarters and eighths. The question was excellently put in its original form. –  Codeswitcher May 11 at 21:25
    
Back to the future... –  Meaningful Username May 12 at 7:14

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Like @Codeswitcher says, it's about the implied rhythm. The characteristic walking bass of a boogie woogie will imply a rhythm in eights. If you listen to Bounce me brother with a solid four, the piano in the beginning is emphasizing the quarter notes instead. You can imagine that song being played with a boogie woogie bassline to appreciate the difference.

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Make an edit so I can undo my down vote –  caseyr547 May 11 at 11:29

Apparently the expression "eight to the bar" is the term for the "beat" (well, that's what they called it) characteristic of boogie woogie, which is actually a style of bass accompaniment. See Wikipedia's page on boogie woogie for a discussion of this and example bass lines. The "eight to the bar" means it's all in eighth notes. I'm gathering that the "solid four", in contrast, is a bass line in quarter notes. I don't get the impression that by "beat" they meant anything to do with the drum part or the meter.

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Make an edit so I can undo my down vote –  caseyr547 May 11 at 11:30

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