Three blues guitar greats born 12 miles apart.

Three blues guitar greats born 12 miles apart.

Three blues guitar greats born 12 miles apart. If there was one small area of earth where three of the world’s most influential blues or blues rock guitarists would be born, just a year apart, where do you think it might be? The car below is a bit of a clue, not an easy clue, […]

Has Carlos Wilde gone punk?

Has Carlos Wilde gone punk?

You’d be amazed just how many rock stars were teachers, as Carlos Wilde still is, and has been for years now. Queen’s Brian May taught math(s) and science; Mark Knopfler taught English, as did fellow Geordie, Sting.  Sheryl Crow and Fleetwood Mac’s Christine McVie were music teachers. Gene Simmons of Kiss taught sixth grade and Brian Ferry (another Geordie) taught art. And they’re just […]

PAINTING THE BLUES.

PAINTING THE BLUES.

Top blues-inspired artwork, from a top blues-inspired artist. Check out talented blues painter, Jean-Claude Legros, left, at Blues Attic Paintings, France. Jean-Claude reminds me of the French detective, Julien Baptiste, from the UK TV series of the same name, a...

Rock ‘n’ roll, from 1925.

Rock ‘n’ roll, from 1925.

I’ve just come across an amazing discovery. Researching my new book, ‘150 Years of Rock ‘n’ Roll’, I’ve found what I think just might be the very first prototype rock ‘n’ roll record. If you ignore the first nine seconds, that is. Composed by Charles ‘Cow Cow’ Davenport, it’s called “Cow Cow Blues” and sung […]

Boogie woogies don’t come earlier

Boogie woogies don’t come earlier

'Boogie Woogie Stomp' bumped as America's Gift's earliest rock 'n' roll record. Below is a page from my blues history book, America's Gift, showing the rocking blues I consider the six earliest prototype rock 'n' roll records. (The book features 20 in all.) I'd...

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, though I did buy my first […]

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 in Europe a...

ROCK ‘N’ ROLL’S FORGOTTEN FATHER.

ROCK ‘N’ ROLL’S FORGOTTEN FATHER.

REMEMBERING LESTER MELROSE: 1891 – 1968. THE 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 links the birth of blues in the 19th century with the true birth of rock & […]