I really got to love the Blues when I was fourteen years old. My friend Dick Brunning introduced me. I never looked back.
I was fortunate to get to see a number of the originals when they were brought across in the sixties on these Festival of the Blues tours. I feel privileged to have seen them before they died. They were amazing.
Hunting down those albums was really hard back in the sixties. They were like gold dust. When you found one on Folkways or whatever it was a real celebration and you’d play it to death.
Here’s a list of my personal favourites:
Arthur ‘Big Boy’ Crudup
Memphis Jug Band
Blind Lemon Jefferson
Sonny Terry and Brownie McGhee
Blind Willie McTell
Peg Leg Howell
Big Joe Williams
Bessie Smith (hard to fit in anywhere with Blues – more Jazz)