Jimmy Liggins cut Cadillac Boogie in 1947 Very little is new in the world of music entertainment. This rings particularly true when it comes to rock showmanship. If you believed all you read, you’d think a wild stage act was invented by Elvis Presley and the rest of the 1950s rock & roll pioneers. But… Continue reading Jimmy Liggins influenced Elvis, Chuck Berry, Bill Hayley & Little Richard
Thursday 17 April Update AC/DC to record in May without Malcolm Young And now some good news (though tinged with sadness). While AC/DC confirmed today that guitarist Malcolm Young has “a debilitating illness”, which prevents him from playing the guitar or performing, they still intend to record in Vancouver, Canada, in May. Said a statement… Continue reading AC/DC latest, Motown wizard dies in Oz
UPDATED November 26, 2020. BLUES MUSE 53. How did I miss this little beauty: ‘Truckin’ Little Woman’, by Big Bill Broonzy, when compiling my ‘Ten Rock & Roll Records That Preceded Rock & Roll’ list, back in 2014? The song, recorded by the legendary white producer, Lester Melrose, in Chicago on 30 March 1938, is actually credited to Big Bill… Continue reading Is Bill Broonzy’s ‘Truckin’ Little Woman’ the 2nd earliest rock & roll record?
Leonard Cohen wrote Hallelujah As you know, the objective of this blues blog is to promote, not only blues and blues rock, but all good music, so long as it’s out of the ordinary. We do so without prejudice, regardless of race, gender, sexual orientation and religion, naturally. Even so, the last thing I’d… Continue reading Here’s a priest being uplifting. Makes a change from lifting up choirboys’ cassocks!
Today (14 April) at 3pm USA CDT or 9pm UK Nice to see the USA respects its blues singers It’s not me saying Jimmy Rushing is the daddy of all blues singers, it’s a quote from the late great jazz pianist, Dave Brubeck, but I have to say Dave has a point. I’ve only just… Continue reading Meet the daddy of all blues singers: Jimmy Rushing
Little Willie Littlefield There must be something intrinsically cool about Kansas City, in the way it gets so many references in the world of blues and rock & roll destinations, lyrics and stage names, comparative to its size. Only last month I put up a post featuring Memphis Minnie’s first husband, Casey Bill Weldon (1909… Continue reading Great blues cities No. 7: Kansas City