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Lester Melrose, the father of Chicago Blues, Part 1
The origin of Chicago blues part one. Hear a young Louis Armstrong playing the slide whistle in 1923; King Oliver and Jelly Roll Morton; Tampa Red and Georgia Tom, the original Hokum Boys; and Tampa’s magnum opus, “When Things Go Wrong”.
Lester Melrose, the father of Chicago Blues story continues with Part 2
Lester Melrose, the father of Chicago Blues story continues with Part 3
|The blues piano of Memphis Slim features in two podcasts|
Hear how Big Bill Broonzy’s lyrics were paraphrased during Barack Obama’s presidential benediction in part three of the Lester Melrose Story. Big Joe Williams, and Van Morrison’s Them, perform different versions of Baby Please Don’t Go, Sonny Boy Williamson blows his harp and Memphis Slim brings us Grinder Man Blues. (So that’s where Nick Cave got his recent band name Grinderman.)
Lester Melrose’s Chicago Blues Part 4
The final part of our look at early Chicago blues. Part four of the Lester Melrose Story features Memphis Minnie, Tommy McClennan, Albert King backed by Booker T and the MGs, Champion Jack Dupree and the magic percussion of Washboard Sam.
Lester Melrose, the father of Chicago Blues story concludes with Part 5
|Smoking hot: the guitar of Albert King|
Tracing The Darktown Strutters’ Ball
We trace one pop standard from its debut in 1917 through Fats Domino to a hardcore rock & roll version from Australia in 1976.
The four Kings of the electric blues guitar
Albert King, B.B. King, Freddie King and who else? Hear some fantastic electric blues guitar and meet the fourth and original King of the blues guitar. Link here:
Spoonful … in spoonfuls, including Cream
Sex and drugs and rock & roll in spoonfuls. We trace the origin and journey of the title “Spoonful” through the years.
Just added: Evolution of Slide Guitar and First Boogie Woogie piano release. Go to all ten broadcasts on the Code Zero Radio link below and then scroll down to the bottom of the page:
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The ‘How Blues Evolved’ radio podcasts are broadcast on Code Zero Radio every Monday, Wednesday and Saturday: 3pm US CDT, 9pm UK, 10pm Europe.