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...