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