Mixed musical duos and first blues vocals ever published.

“Love your work! Hope you can check out our music video: http://youtu.be/p7p6HjPK3BI  Eva Plays Dead (@EvaPlaysDead), Derby, England, November 11, 2013. “The historical references in the 1st Blues book are great. Had no idea about most of it.”  nora j mckiddie (@mckiddie_j), Michigan, USA, November 6, 2013. BluesMuse42. More by accident than design, the last… Continue reading Mixed musical duos and first blues vocals ever published.

Looking back: a Jools Holland – Dr John boogie duet

“Great blog!”  (@Cheers2Cheersn), November 5, 2013, Los Angeles, USA. “Top blues blog here in case anyone’s missed it: paulmerryblues.blogspot.co.uk/ “ Laura Holland Band (@laurahband), London, UK. November 3, 2013. “The Blues are also a great anti- depressant. Also better than Valium. Love the books and blogs.”  nora j mckiddie (@mckiddie_j), Michigan, USA, November 2, 2013… Continue reading Looking back: a Jools Holland – Dr John boogie duet

Getting their kicks pre-66. Drug references in old songs

“Good blog today, Paul. I got the 1st book this morning. Thanks for all the good info!” nora j mckiddie (@mckiddie_j), Michigan, USA, October 29, 2013. BLUESMUSE41  Like many people, you probably thought mentioning drugs in songs started in the sixties, but – no, no, no – drug references in songs started way earlier. One… Continue reading Getting their kicks pre-66. Drug references in old songs

If life’s a pain, music brings relief.

“Impressive blog you have (loved Free). Bev Wills (@CoreCritical), England/Miami, November 8, 2013.  This is definitely not turning into a blog on musical market research findings (after the last post), but since a new survey shows the beneficial effects of music upon people suffering chronic pain, it’s certainly worth mentioning here. I know from experience… Continue reading If life’s a pain, music brings relief.

Are you at an Intense, Contemporary or Sophisticated musical age?

“I’m in the, ‘I can’t get my fingers to do that f——-  F major chord’ phase.”  DJ Bob (@zczbob) October 24, 2013. One of many Heineken posters. When I worked in advertising agencies, we used to refer to market research groups as ‘the ideas abattoir’, our reasoning being that good off-the-wall creative ideas nearly always… Continue reading Are you at an Intense, Contemporary or Sophisticated musical age?

The legacy of John Hammond plus other blues musings.

“I so hope it’s true (that blues is coming back into fashion), Paul. I can’t imagine growing up without the Blues.”  nora j mckiddie (@mckiddie_j) October 20, 2013. BLUESMUSE40. Is blues coming back into fashion? Call me an optimist, but I think it definitely is, especially in America. There, a host of great blues guitarists… Continue reading The legacy of John Hammond plus other blues musings.

Raunchy blues pianist who became the Father of Gospel

BLUESMUSE39. It’s hard to believe that America’s Father of Black Gospel Music, Thomas A. Dorsey, was once a piano player in a raunchy blues outfit;  but, then, isn’t that the unpredictability of pursuing a career in music? Not to be confused with the white World War Two band leader, Tommy Dorsey, Thomas A. Dorsey was… Continue reading Raunchy blues pianist who became the Father of Gospel

Tampa Red and the birth of resonator guitars

“Interesting, keep up the good stuff.” ResonatorGuitarGuide @ResonatorGuide, October 5, 2013.  “The story of National/Dobro/Rickenbacher guitars would make a great movie. Roaring 20s, Great Depression, etc.” Al (@Resoguitar), October 5, 2013. “Great post! Worth also exploring the hoops Dopyera had to jump through in launching the Dobro not to compete with HIS OWN patent.” ResonatorGuitarGuide… Continue reading Tampa Red and the birth of resonator guitars

White imitates black, black imitates white; and today’s blues is initiated.

“Good Blues blog. I really enjoy the trivia and often obscure facts associated with this musical genre. Nice job.” Al @Resoguitar, September 25, 2013. BLUESMUSE36. Back in June, I wrote a post about Charles Matthews, the English comedian who basically kick-started today’s blues into life in 1822. (See 28 June archive.) What Matthews did was… Continue reading White imitates black, black imitates white; and today’s blues is initiated.

Hoochie coochie was in the water long before Muddy emerged.

“Fascinating!!! Where do you research this stuff???” Richard Wall @writinblues, September 20, 2013. “Awesome research.” nora j mckiddie @mckiddie_j, September 21, 2013. BLUESMUSE35. Just like rock & roll, hoochie coochie was old-time African-American slang for sex. To most blues aficionados, the term is synonymous today with the blues great Muddy Waters and The Hoochie Coochie… Continue reading Hoochie coochie was in the water long before Muddy emerged.