PAINTING THE BLUES.

PAINTING THE BLUES.

Top blues-inspired artwork, from a top blues-inspired artist. Check out talented blues painter, Jean-Claude Legros, left, at Blues Attic Paintings, France. Jean-Claude reminds me of the French detective, Julien Baptiste, from the UK TV series of the same name, a...
Rock ‘n’ roll, from 1925.

Rock ‘n’ roll, from 1925.

I’ve just come across an amazing discovery. Researching my new book, ‘150 Years of Rock ‘n’ Roll’, I’ve found what I think just might be the very first prototype rock ‘n’ roll record. If you ignore the first nine...
When blues stars were pop stars.

When blues stars were pop stars.

And why we prefer blues to pop music. Because the title of this blog is Paul Merry Blues, it’s easy to assume blues is the only music I’m interested in. Nothing could be further from the truth. People have referred to me as Mr Bluesman, something I’m definitely not,...
1938’s HEAVYWEIGHT BLUES CLASH.

1938’s HEAVYWEIGHT BLUES CLASH.

W.C. Handy and Jelly Roll Morton clash on paper as Joe Louis puts Nazis’ champ on canvas. In a fight with enormous political implications, black heavyweight champ, Joe Louis, successfully defends his world title against Hitler’s Max Schmeling. WW2 started...
ROCK ‘N’ ROLL’S FORGOTTEN FATHER.

ROCK ‘N’ ROLL’S FORGOTTEN FATHER.

REMEMBERING LESTER MELROSE: 1891 – 1968.                     HE WAS ALSO FIRST FATHER OF CHICAGO BLUES. Move over Sam Phillips. Not only is Chicago’s Lester Melrose a serious contender for the title ‘Father of Rock ‘n’ Roll’ but he’s the only one I’ve heard of who...
FIRST EVER MENTIONS OF THE BLUES

FIRST EVER MENTIONS OF THE BLUES

  AMERICA’S GIFT: THE UNTOLD STORY OF HOW BLUES EVOLVED – CHAPTER ONE. Long before the blues became a genre of American music, it was an expression used to describe an English frame of mind. The word blues almost certainly derives from what people,...