Walter de Paduwa

Walter de Paduwa (aka Dr Boogie, born 1 February 1953) is a Belgian radio DJ, musician and rock'n'roll historian best known for his association with Canned Heat.

Rock career

Walter de Paduwa was active in the Belgian rock scene of the early 1970s, forming the band T.U.S.H. in 1976 with Dany Lademacher and Charles Deraedemaecker (Charlie Maker) of the classic Brussels group Klepto.[1] The band was originally named Toxic Cow-Dung, then Squeeze, and was to be renamed Tush after the ZZ Top song of that name, but on their album We're Just Boys (September 1977) the recording company (EMI) put full-stops between each letter creating the name that stuck as T.U.S.H.[2] The album had limited success though the December 1977 single "No No No" was belatedly rediscovered as an example of classic glam-punk.[3]

Radio career

Walter de Paduwa's show Doctor Boogie[4] features up-beat blues, boogie, groove and zydeco music. It has aired weekly for over 20 years, since 30 October 1994[5] on Belgium's RTBF Radio 21 and its successor station Classic 21 and was cited in Mark Elliott's book Culture Shock! Belgium [6] as demonstrating the unusual creativity and openmindedness of Belgium's radio scene. During the 20th anniversary show of 31 October 2014, De Paduwa revealed that the name Dr Boogie, while partially inspired by the Flamin Groovies' song, was in fact a nickname given to him by B J Scott.[7] The show was initially intended to run for three months but never looked back.[8] After 15 years airing on Sunday early-evenings, the show was shifted three times, ending up with a Friday late-night slot, but de Paduwa claims he'd keep making the show with the same passion 'even if it were at 4am on a Tuesday'.[9] June 26, 2015 marked the 1000th edition of the Dr Boogie radio show, and was celebrated with a three-hour Canned Heat special.[10] In 2018 the show moved to a Monday night slot, extended to three hours. De Paduwa also presents Cool Cats,[11] a late night show featuring mainly rockabilly music, and since 2016 also runs what he calls a three hour 'Blues Train' in the relaunched Classic 21 Blues show.[12] De Paduwa has a penchant for playing rare vinyl recordings from his extensive personal collection. In conjunction with his shows, several Dr Boogie compilation albums have been released celebrating these genres of music.[13]

Canned Heat historian

For decades, De Paduwa has been a supporter of the American Woodstock-renowned boogie band Canned Heat and to this day he starts almost every regular edition of his Doctor Boogie radio show with a Canned Heat song.[14][15] Long-standing Canned Heat drummer Fito de la Parra described de Paduwa as "a total blues and boogie freak" and noted that de Paduwa had "turned his home in Belgium into a museum for Canned Heat. I never knew a guy like that would exist. I've met fans who collect passes or records or pictures – maybe they covered one wall in their house with Canned Heat material. With this guy, it's been a complete obsession."[16] The band thereupon appointed him as their unofficial historian, de la Parra giving de Paduwa many of the old tapes that he had lying around his Los Angeles garage that had been destined to be thrown away.[17] De Paduwa and de la Parra have since issued CD archives known as Canned Heat The Boogie House Tapes[18] in three volumes (named after de Paduwa's house museum[19]) and Rarities from the Bob Hite Vaults, in honour of the band's original singer Bob 'The Bear' Hite.

On the Dr Boogie radio show of 29 November 2013, De Paduwa revealed that his all time favourite Canned Heat track was the song "Canned Heat Mamma" from the band's 1969 fourth album, Hallelujah.[20]

De Paduwa is the owner of the 1954 Les Paul gold top guitar originally played by 'Blind Owl' Alan Wilson on Canned Heat's classic 1960s albums.[21] The opportunity to play this classic 'Boogie Machine' is an added incentive for certain guests to appear on the Dr Boogie show.[22]

Personal life

De Paduwa's daughter, Sara, is herself a journalist within RTBF, Belgium's French-speaking state radio and TV,.[23] She has presented the early morning slot on Vivacité[24] and in both 2015 and 2016 she was voted the chain's most popular presenter.[25]

Tastes & Influences

According to his RTBF bio, de Paduwa cites as his three most formative influences, Canned Heat's Henry Vestine, the Rolling Stones star Keith Richards and Belgian cycling legend Eddy Merckx. He lists his favourite albums as Boogie With Canned Heat, Electric Ladyland by Jimi Hendrix, Elmore James' Fire Fury Recordings, Steppenwolf's At Your Birthday Party and the live Rolling Stones' recording, Get Your Ya-Ya's Out.[26]


Fito de la Parra, Living The Blues. Little Big Beat, Lindewerra 2001, ISBN 3-00-007020-6.


  1. TUSH and Klepto
  2. No No No audio track
  3. Dr Boogie Website
  4. Walter de Paduwa's on RTBF
  5. Culture Shock! Belgium
  6. 20th Anniversary show 9'09"
  7. 20th Anniversary show 7'10"
  8. 20th Anniversary show 7'51"
  9. The 1000th show special announced on the Dr Boogie show of 12/06/2015 at 5'56"
  10. Cool Cats website
  11. New-look Classic 21 Blues
  12. Dr Boogie Compilations
  13. Announcing the 1000th edition as a Canned Heat Special the official website notes that "Chaque émission, depuis la première, commence avec ce groupe légendaire"
  14. On 10 April 2015 Dr Boogie show, De Paduwa remarks that for the second week running there will be no Canned Heat song as that programme is a pre-recorded special, by implication underlining the reality that every 'regular' show does start with a Canned Heat track
  15. Interview with Fito de la Parra (of Canned Heat)
  16. Fito de la Parra remembers With tears in his eyes, he begged me to give him all the old tapes. Finally I gave them to him, because I never thought I would have the time or the dedication to listen to all that. He did
  17. Canned Heat Official Site
  18. Photos of the 'Boogie House' from the recording of Dr Boogie 1000th edition special
  19. 29/11/2013 Dr Boogie at 5'31"
  20. Alan Wilson site says the Gibson 1954 Les Paul gold top was "his mainstay"
  21. Dr Boogie show of 5 May 2015 has an interview with Smokehouse of Johnny Mastro & Mama's Boys describing the guitar as the 'Boogie Machine' at 1'20"42 and demonstrating its use
  22. Sara de Paduwa on RTBF TV
  23. Video portrait of Sara de Paduwa's typical day at Vivacité
  24. RTBF bio (in French)
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