My Favourite 50s R&B singers

Black 50s R&B was not heard in the UK. All these fabulous singers were unknown in Britain. Merchant seamen brought singles and albums back into the ports. They were like gold dust. All the local bands in the early sixties were eager to get their hands on these songs so that they could incorporate them into their act. We see these songs surfacing on all the early albums of bands such as the Beatles and Stones.

Here’s my favourite US R&B singers:

Bo Diddley

Arthur Alexander

Rufus Thomas

Screaming Jay Hawkins

Jimmy Reed

Ray Charles

Ruth Brown

Little Willie John

Ike Turner

James Brown

Tina Turner

Irma Thomas

Fats Domino

Huey Piano Smith

Sam Cooke

Big Mama Thornton

Johnny Otis

I bet I missed a few off!