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, many...
The day I discovered the blues.

The day I discovered the blues.

How ironic is it that white kids living in England in the mid-1960s were more exposed to black American blues than your average white teenager in the United States? Without knowing it, in 1950s England, I’d heard the blues of Lead Belly, Leroy Carr and Little Son Joe,...