Displaying items by tag: Blues

Fred King was born in Gilmer, Texas in 1934 to Ella Mae King and J. T. Christian. Influenced by his mother and uncle, both proficient guitar players, Fred learned to play rural country blues when he was six. His early influences were Sam Lightnin Hopkins and jump blues saxophonist, Louis Jordan.

Published in Music
Thursday, 25 June 2020 09:58

A Brief History of the Memphis Sound

Memphis is the capital of the Mississippi Delta and during the great migration, workers poured into the city seeking work. The workforce brought their musical heritage and music was a byword in Memphis. By 1860, Beale Street had become the Mecca for black musicians and eventually the entertainment centre of the city.

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I am a fan of hats, I probably have too many, after all, I only have one head. But for me, a good chapeau can make a person stand out in a crowd. It can elevate their style, and can help a person exude a confidence that is admirable. Now, I am talking about real style. Not just a functional thing to put on one’s head to protect yourself from whatever a person feels their noggin needs protection from.

Published in Culture
Monday, 06 January 2020 15:31

A Voice to be Heard -The Blues Shouters

Blues shouters were blues singers, usually men, capable of singing unamplified with a band. Their voice projected fervour and energy and got audiences to their feet, driven by the power of the music.

Published in Music
Monday, 18 November 2019 18:47

A Short Biog of Janis Joplin

Janis Lyn Joplin was born in Port Arthur, Texas, in 1943. She had two younger siblings, Michael and Laura Growing up her parents felt Janis needed more attention than their other children and at school, she was never part of the crowd and proved to be a misfit.

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Paul ‘Koss’ Kossoff was born in London in 1950 and the son of famous British character, actor, David Kossoff (Kid for Two Farthings). He learned to play classical music but was always interested in blues and soon mastered the guitar.

Published in Music
Wednesday, 17 October 2018 13:27

The Story of the Sonny Boy Williamson's on ZANI

John Lee Curtis (Sonny Boy) Williamson was born near Jackson, Tennessee in 1914. He played the harmonica starting with country blues before developing a unique urban blues. Singularly he developed the harmonica as a lead instrument influencing a large number of blues harmonica performers, including Billy Boy Arnold, Junior Wells, Sonny Terry, Little Walter, and Snooky Pryor among many others.
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John Henry Hammond II (Born Manhattan, New York City, December 15, 1910 - Died Manhattan, New York City, July 10, 1987) was an American talent scout and producer, whose achievements in the record business will never be surpassed. As well as producing several significant American musical icons, he was a civil rights activist, a music critic, a philanthropist, and had a career that spanned six decades. His name is synonymous with Columbia Records (now Sony Records), and with artists from Billie Holliday to Stevie Ray Vaughan.

Published in Music
Monday, 16 October 2017 17:49

Steve Brookes Hoodoo Zoo Reviewed

Hoodoo Zoo is the fourth album from Steve Brookes and features a new set of songs.
Published in Music
Wednesday, 22 March 2017 16:44

James 'Superharp' Cotton (1935 - 2017) Remembered

James Henry Cotton was born in Tunica, Mississippi in 1935. He was the youngest of eight and grew up in the cotton fields working beside his mother, Hattie, and father, Mose.
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