Beat me daddy 8 to the bar. Big Band.

So, I’m listening to some big band ( via the 900 music options on cable tv) and a question and a comment/observation have cropped up:
Beat me daddy eight to the bar. was a popular song back in the day, but what does this line mean?
All that meat and no potatoes is an album by Will Bradley (best of) and it is an hysterical title.

Google-fu tells me that **All that Meat and No Potatoes ** is urban slang for a really fat guy. It also tells me it was a song *I * think it is more of a sexual slam for " Big Dick with no balls."

Also, why does Big Band music go better on a cold rainy day?

I found this:

“The double entendre in ‘Beat Me Daddy, Eight to the Bar’ is a musical instruction to the pianist to play in a boogie-woogie style, with eight beats to a 4/4 bar.”

(from American Sexuality Magazine.)

That was an interesting article.
Hit me with your rhythm stick.

Because it only sounds good when your world is icky, depressing and awful. Thus its popularity among the elderly, extreme social conservatives, and the kind of people who still live in their mothers’ basements.

The best colleges that teach big band music are in places like Paterson, NJ; Youngstown, Ohio; and Denton, Texas. That ought to tell you something right there.

No authorative cite for this, but I’d always interpreted that line to be a reference to how many drum beats there were in a standard measure in swing music. Especially in contrast to other music of the same time, where the beat wasn’t as fast, and sometimes not even noticeable to barely educated music ears.
As for why swing goes so well on a rainy day?

[tongue in cheek]
Most modern Americans associate swing music with WWII era. And most of us older folk, at least, got our exposure to the life and times of that era through black and white movies.

Now, on a true cloudy, rainy day, all the colors outside get washed out, and faded - often reminiscent of b&w films. So, they just go together. It’s comfort music for the visual cue.
[/tongue in cheek]
ETA: pinkfreud beat me. (But only once, not eight times!)

(international tongue-in-cheek emoticon)

I was being TIC myself, actually. I am a devoted fan and player of Big Band music, especially the kind too old for the WW2 generation.

But it is somewhat marginalized, both commercially and artistically - not quite the upscale, classy thing these days. Which is unfortunate as some of these bands just oozed class.

I love Big Band. Especially Swing. I don’t know why. It’s just so great.

There was a swing revival that lasted about five minutes sometime in the late nineties.

All That Meat And No Potatoes is from the Fats Waller songbook. I have a recording of Louis Armstrong singing it. There could be a sexual angle to anything, I guess, but the lyric is really about food.

“All that meat and no potatoes,
Just ain’t right, like green tomatoes…”

I got into big band music when I was a kid, and Time Life Records send us one of those demo records (the original floppy disks!) with selections from their album series The Swing Era, with new stereo recordings of all the classic big band numbers. Darned if I didn’t borrow and enjoy each of those well-annotated albums from the library.

I was amused by an appellate court opinion in Artie Shaw v. Time Life Records from 1975 that begins:

I’m guessing His Honor was another big band fan. :slight_smile:

I dunno. But housecleaning to the Glenn Miller Band is fun!

It’s a rainy day, and the house is a mess… where is that CD? (Grumble, grumble.)

I seem to recall this song is about Peck Kelly, a jazz pianist who, despite not achieving popularity, was regarded as a legend among musicians.

I like Big Band music-mostly Benny Goodman and Glenn Miller. I don’t like the songs as much - I like the dance music. I like standards from that era (ballads, I suppose we’d call them).

Never thought about it, but it does sound best on rainy days. Or when I’m driving in the evening…

I heard on a jazz show that “beat me, daddy, eight to the bar” is a phrase that also describes the rhythm–in other words, it doesn’t just say “eight to the bar” but demonstrates that you play them syncopated, as if you were saying the words in a natural way. (Da-daa, da-daa, da-da-da-da.)