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My 100 Essential Albums – 12- Complete Recordings, Robert Johnson

Tweet My 100 Essential Albums number 12 The Complete Recordings by Robert Johnson This is, for me, one of my essential albums because it really shows what real blues was all about.  Robert Johnson was the archetypal blues man.  Born in 1911, his family was run out of town by some white businessmen, he was […]

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My 100 Essential Albums

Tweet My 100 Essential Albums I like Desert Island Disks.  For those that do not know this radio show the premiss is very simple.  A celebrity is asked to choose just 8 tracks that they would take with them if they were to be marooned on a desert island.  Obviously, 8 tracks is a nonsense.  […]

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My Essential 100 Albums

Tweet In these days when we are all living longer more and more of us will be faced with be faced with spending our declining years in sheltered housing.  It goes without saying that most of our possessions will not be going to the home with us.  There is not the room in sheltered housing […]

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On This day – Goodbye Jimmy Reed

Tweet 29th August 1976, Jimmy Reed died after an epileptic seizure at the age of 50. Jimmy Reed influenced many later guitarists with his distinctive sound. He also wrote many songs, perhaps the most noticeable was “Bright Lights, Big City” (a personal favourite of mine). He did not manage to get signed by Chess records […]

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On This Day – 17th December 2010 Captain Beefheart dies

Tweet On this day in 2010 CaptainBeefheart died after a long illness. He was most original, and best, artists to ever grace rock music. In many ways he epitomises what I mean when I talk about real rock music. Original, informed, unconventional, thoughtful and provoking. Rather than write the usual eulogy I have decided to […]

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On This day – 1814 was a Sexy Year

Tweet On this day in 1814 Adolphe Sax was born in Dinant in Wallonia, Belgium.  He was an instrument designer and maker.  What do you think he invented and patented? Just the sexiest instrument (apart from the electric guitar) in the world, that’s all.  He patented it on 28 June 1846.  Although feted by Hector […]

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On This Day – Jimi Hits London

Tweet On this day in 1966 Jimi Hendrix bplayed for the nfirst time in the UK. He got up on stage to jam with Cream while they were playing at the London Poly. The story is that Jimi’s playing scared the shit out of EC…………… Sadly is was 4 years to the day that Jimi […]

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On This Day – Bessie Dies After Being Turned Away from Hospital.

Tweet On this day in 1937 Bessie Smith, the great blues singer was in a car that was involved in an accident. She had her left arm almost torn off in the accident. After a delay of 25 minutes (and another accident during which a car plowed in to the attending doctor’s car) Bessie was […]

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On This Day – The Stones’ TV Debut & First Single

Tweet The Stones made their TV debut this day in 1963 on Thank Your Lucky Stars playing their first single C’mon. It may come a surprise to some of the younger readers that The Stones were once a rock and blues band playing blues covers. Their first album, imaginatively titled The Rolling Stones featured songs […]

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On This Day – Sonny Boy Arrives, For The First Time

Tweet On this day in 1914 Sonny Boy Williamson was born. Sonny Boy was a hugely influential blues harmonica player. Arguably all the present blues harmonica players have been influenced to a greater or lesser extent. None more so than Sonny Boy Williamson. In fact Sonny Boy Williamson was so influential that Sonny Boy Williamson […]

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