My favourite Electric Blues singers of the Fifties.

My friend Dick Brunning got me into the Blues when I was fourteen. He would endlessly play Lightnin’ Hopkins and Howlin’ Wolf with a bit of John Lee Hooker thrown in. I became hooked.

Here are my favourites:

Elmore James

Lightnin’ Hopkins

Howlin’ Wolf

John Lee Hooker

Muddy Waters

Sonny Boy Williams

Hounddog Taylor

Jimmy Reed

Little Walter Jacobs

Buddy Guy

BB King

Freddy King

Albert King

Willie Dixon

Otis Rush

Magic Sam

Today’s Music to keep me SsSSaaAaaNNnnNeEee in Isolation – Muddy Waters

I enjoyed the Blues of Howlin’ Wolf so much yesterday that I thought I’d follow it up with a bit of Muddy Waters. I was lucky enough to see him live a few times in the 60s and 70s. I would have loved to have seen him live in the 50s in one of those steamy Chicago dives!!

Muddy Waters Mannish Boy (Full album) – YouTube

My Favourite Country Blues Singers of the 30s and 40s.

I love the Country Blues and was fortunate enough to see a lot of these guys when they were dug out of oblivion in the late 60s to find themselves revered by a white audience in Europe.

They had these blues Festivals. They were so good!

Dick Brunning. a school friend of mine, introduced me to the Blues when I was 14. I’m forever grateful.

These are my favourites:

Son House

Robert Johnson

Bo Carter

John Lee Hooker

Lightnin’ Hopkins

Memphis Minnie

Snooks Eaglin

Bukka White

Willie Johnson

Sleepy John Estes

Mississippi Fred McDowell

Peg Leg Howell

Skip James

Mississippi John Hurt

Blind Lemon Jefferson

Sonny Terry and Brownie McGhee

Lead Belly

R L Burnside

Junior KImbrough

Charlie Patton

Blind Willie Mctell

Furry Lewis

Texas Alexander

Memphis Jug Band

Mississippi Sheiks

My favourite Swamp Blues Guys

This is an easy one. Way back in the 60s I discovered this wonderful album called Swamp Blues. It featured all these guys. They recorded down in Louisiana in bayou country – swamp country. There stuff was on the Excello label produced by J.D. Jay Miller and has a distinctive swampy feel based around that infectious Jimmy Reed beat. I loved it.

I loved those names too. They were magical! That album was special.

Then my daughter moved to Baton Rouge with her job and I was able to check it all out. I tracked down Slim Harpos grave!

Back in London I found Lazy Lester playing in some obscure club and took my youngest son along to see him. A great evening!

The swamp Blues was important. It was covered by the Stones, Kinks and Yardbirds! But the originals are best!

Slim Harpo

Lazy Lester

Lightnin’ Slim

Lonesome Sundown

Silas Hogan

Katie Webster

My Top Dozen Favourite Singer Songwriters

This is always dicey. I always miss someone good off!

Roy Harper

Bob Dylan

Phil Ochs

Neil Young

Don Van Vliet

Lennon and McCartney

Joni Mitchell

Woody Guthrie

Buffy St Marie

Nick Harper

James Varda

Willie Dixon

Most of them had something to say for themselves and wrote with depth and meaning. I like that!

OK – who did I miss out? Who would feature on your list?

Today’s Music to keep me SsSsAaaaaAnNnnNeeEeE in Isolation – Fleetwood Mac – Fleetwood Mac

The real Fleetwood Mac with the great Pete Green – not the pop group.

I used to see these guys regularly for 25p! Always a great evening!!

(1) FLEETWOOD MAC /// 1. My Heart Beat Like A Hammer – (Peter Green’s Fleetwood Mac) – (1968) – YouTube

(1) Fleetwood Mac : Peter Green’s Fleetwood Mac (Full Album) – YouTube