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Wanna be in The Beatles?

Tweet There is a letter going to be actioned that shows that The Beatles were looking for a drummer who would have replaced Pete Best. In 1960 a drummer placed an advert in the Liverpool Echo the advert said “Drummer-Young-Free.” McCartney replied and the letter that going to auction is his reply; It is interesting […]

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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 – 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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My 100 Essential Albums – 9 – George Thorogood and the Destroyers, GT&TD

Tweet  Thorogood is good! George Thorogood and the Destroyers Recorded in 1977 this was the first George Thorogood album.  Mainly blues covers with only two self penned songs it introduced me to the talent that is George Thorogood.  A love of blues shines through the playing.  It is one of those things, 10 bands can […]

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My 100 Essential Albums – 13 – Led Zeppelin, by Led Zeppelin

Tweet My 100 Essential Albums – Led Zeppelin the eponymous first album   Released in 1969 Led Zeppelin is album was recorded in 1968. It only took 36 hours of studio time to record which might have something to do the band paying for the studio time. The other reason it was quick to record […]

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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 Essential 100 Albums – 7 The Original by Ray Charles

Tweet This just has to be in my list of 100 essential albums because it is the first record I ever bought!  At 13 I had a Saturday job working in a hardware shop in Stokes Croft in Bristol.  At the time Stokes Croft was not the best area in Bristol and the customers seemed […]

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My Essential 100 Albums – 5 Trout Mask Replica Captain Beefheart and the Magic Band

Tweet   Quite simply, this is the best rock album ever.  Less simply, it is not really a rock album.  It is a bluesy, rocky, multi faceted, arty, album that is difficult to pigeon hole.  The only easy description is that it is clearly the work of a genius.   By now I think that I […]

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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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My Essential 100 Albums – 7 – George Thorogood and the Destroyers, GT&tD

Tweet Recorded in 1977 this was the first Thorogood album.  Mainly blues covers with only two self penned songs it introduced me to the talent that is George Thorogood.  A love of blues shines through the playing.  It is one of those things, 10 bands can play the same song but you know instinctively which […]

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