Tag Archives: Blues

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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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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Rolling Stones At Hyde Park 6th July.2013

Tweet  We went to see the Rolling Stones in Hyde Park.  There is always a bit of trepidation when you see a band that you love and admire.  Will they be as good as you remember?  How will time have affected them?  Will it seem as if they are only there for the money and […]

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Pretty Things, Dick Taylor, Still pretty Good!

Tweet I saw the Pretty Things on Saturday.  It was the first time in more than 40 years.  I was expecting to be disappointed. I was not. Dick Taylor was a founding member of the Rolling Stones, pushed out to make way for Brian Jones.  He was always a great guitarist.  We tend to forget […]

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On This Day – Big Joe Turner Dies

Tweet On this day in 1985 Big Joe Turner died.  Sadly, he is little remembered today but he had a huge influence on the growth of Rock and Roll. Born in 1911 Turner performed from 1920 until 1980.  A Blues shouter he played with or on the same bill as many wonderful musicians such as […]

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On This Day – Blue Suede Shoes

Tweet On this day in 1955 one of the all time rock classics was recorded by Carl Perkins at Sun Records in Memphis. It later went on to reach number 2 in the US and number 10 in the UK. It has been covered by loads of artists including Elvis (also a Sun Recording artist) […]

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Eric Clapton Autobiography – A Review

Tweet I should point out before I begin that I am not EC’s biggest fan – I have never forgiven him for 461 Ocean Bvd. Having got that off my chest I must say that I enjoyed this book. It is well written with lots of insights and honesty (as far as anyone can tell). […]

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On This Day – Coz I Luv You

Tweet On this day in 1971 “Coz I Luv You” hit the number 1 spot in the UK. It was Slade’s first number one and was followed by another 5. Slade were a jobbing band in the West Midlands of the UK. After adopting a skinhead persona that was ill judged (skinheads had associations with […]

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On This Day – Johnny and The Moondogs

Tweet On this day in 1959 Johnny and The Moondogs played an audition for a talent show. Sadly they did not win. Why should we be bothered about a failed band? Simply because they later became The Silver Beetles, then The Silver Beats and eventually The Beatles. It seems that Lennon took names seriously as […]

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