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History of the Blues

Documentary series (in four parts) on the origins and development of the Blues, with archive footage of performances denoting landmarks in the blues scene. ↓ By King Rollo (1999).

# 2 – In this part ↓ we take a close look at the early legends of blues from the 1920s and 1930s.


American Folk Blues Festival 1962-1966

≈ ¤ Blues jam ⇓ 1966

1. Muddy Waters + 2. James Cotton + 3. Sonny Terry +

4. Brownie McGhee + 5. Mable Hillery +

6. Sunnyland Slim + 7. Otis Spann + 8. Willie Dixon

♦ Sonny Terry & Brownie McGhee […]

Buddy Guy’s Legends [Chicago] Alive

As Blues lovers know: there is only one place in the world to experience the finest Blues seven nights a week, enjoy southern Cajun soul food, and behold a major archive of Blues memorabilia. That joint is in Chicago, of course: Buddy Guy’s Legends at 700 S. Wabash! A mecca for the Blues.


Etta James + Janis Joplin

•→ ‘I’d rather go blind‘ ↑ (Montreux 1975)

Something told me it was over When I saw you and that girl talkin’ Something deep down in my soul said, ‘Cry, girl’ When I saw you and that strange girl walkin’ ‘round

Whoo, I would […]

Jimi Hendrix + Stevie Ray Vaughan

Jimi was always one of Bob Dylan’s greatest admirers. His mates used to take him the piss for looking up to a white folk singer. Here’s the result: simply brilliant! Bob must have got fascinated with the result; it didn’t take him long to go electric himself, despite all the booing and rejection…


Canned Heat + Frank Zappa + Captain Beefheart

¤ Canned Heat ⇓ ‘On The Road Again’

Well, I’m so tired of crying, but I’m out on the road again (I’m on the road again . . .) I ain’t got no woman just to call my special friend. You know the first time I traveled out in the rain and snow (In […]

Guy Davis + Keb’ Mo’ + Corey Harris

¤ Guy Davis ←

The son of the noted actors, directors, and activists Ossie Davis and Ruby Dee, he was born in New York City on May 12, 1952; though raised in the city, Davis was frequently regaled with stories of Southern country life as a child, and over time became so enamored […]

Gary Clark, Jr. + Kenny Neal + Eric Bibb

¤ Gary Clark Jr. (born February 15, 1984) is an American guitarist and actor based in Austin, Texas. Described as a savior of blues, Clark’s resume has included sharing the stage with various legends of rock. He has stated that he is «influenced by blues, jazz, soul [and] country, as […]

She’s into something

¤ Robert Cray + Albert Collins


(Young Bob on vocals) The snappin’ of her finger makes the dog wag its tail The whistle from her voice will make the train jump the rail Take her to a race track – Show her face Horse that ain’t won in years comes in first […]

Jeff Beck + Eric Clapton

◊ Red White & Blues [at the White House]

Jeff Beck & bassist Rhonda Smith (formerly of Prince) and Veronica Bellino (drums) Booker T Jones (Musical Director/»Green Onions») lay down a blues groove on «Brush with the Blues» at The White House Feb 21, 2012.

♦ Jeff Beck & the […]

Buddy Guy + Junior Wells

George «Buddy» Guy (born July 30, 1936, in Lettsworth, La) is perhaps the greatest living exponent of classic Chicago electric blues. He is a thrillingly inventive guitarist, a passionately soulful singer and a peerless showman. In the course of a decades-long professional career, he has sold more than 2 million […]

Muddy Waters + Big Bill Morganfield

‾ Muddy Waters transformed the soul of the rural South into the sound of the city, electrifying the blues at a pivotal point in the early postwar period. His recorded legacy, particularly the wealth of sides he cut in the Fifties, is one of the great musical treasures of this century. Above all others, it […]

Dr. John + Johnny Winter + Roy Buchanan

¤ Mac Rebennack a.k.a. Dr John [1941-2019]

Although he didn’t become widely known until the 1970s, Dr. John had been active in the music industry since the late ’50s, when the teenager was still known as Mac Rebennack. A formidable boogie and blues pianist with a lovable growl of a voice, his […]

Chuck E Weiss + Eric Sardinas + John Campbell

Chuck E. Weiss grew up in Denver, Colorado, where his parents owned a record store (Record Center). Through his parents, and by spending time at the local blues bar Ebbett’s Field, he met Lightnin’ Hopkins. Hopkins was impressed with his drum playing and took him on tour, where Weiss had the opportunity […]

r l burnside + Taj Mahal + Floyd Lee

¤ R.L. Burnside [1926-2005]

←R.L.’s Story

I had two uncles, two brothers, and my father did get killed in Chicago, that’s why I don’t like living there, it’s too rough a place.

People, going up down the street shooting, killing peoples, which it done it everywhere but they been doing it […]

Howlin’ Wolf + Elmore James + John Lee Hooker

When Howlin’ Wolf [1910-1976] made his trademark entrance the audience went wild. He took the stage crawling on all tours, a fierce Black animal, loosing the ferocious howl that gave him his name. The energy level was enormous, a combination of excitement, fear and fascination that thrilled […]

Son Seals + Magic Slim + Melvin Taylor

¤ Son Seals [1942-2004] Seals’ debut album, The Son Seals Blues Band, established him as a groundbreaking new blues artist. His 1977 album, Midnight Son, was his true breakthrough. The album received widespread acclaim from every major music publication. Rolling Stone called it «one of the most significant blues albums of the decade.»

A […]

Three Kings

♦ FREDDIE KING [1934-1976]

Although Freddie King, “The Texas Cannonball”, was born and raised in Texas, he matured as a musician in Chicago. His guitar style combined country and urban influences. As a child, King grew up on the music of such legendary country blues guitarists as Blind Lemon Jefferson, Lightnin’ Hopkins, […]


♥ Wild Women Don’t Have The Blues ↓ [Ida Cox]

I hear these women raving ‘bout their monkey men About their trifling husbands and their no good friends These poor women sit around all day and moan Wondering why their wandering papa’s don’t come home But wild women don’t worry, wild women don’t […]

Blues Harp

¤ Harmonica Blues → ← ¤ Sonny Boy Williamson [1912-1965]

Why Alex ‘Rice’ Miller took the name Sonny Boy Williamson is a mystery. John Lee ‘Sonny Boy’ Williamson had already made a name for himself in the early 40s as a harp master and blues idol, only to be murdered in 1948. […]