Later in her long and versatile career she became known as a rock and roll and pop singer as well as a stage and film actress, winning a Tony award on Broadway.
King, as well as a Grammy win in the late s. Brown continues to perform. Willie Brown Born: August 6, , Clarksdale, Mississippi Died: December 30, , Tunica, Mississippi Willie Brown was an outstanding guitarist as well as vocalist who had an enormous influence on the origination and development of Delta blues.
He is known as an accompanist rather than a soloist, although he did record three extraordinary solo performances. Later in his career he primarily performed with Son House. Both Brown and House disappeared from the music scene during the s, and, sadly, Brown died before the blues revival of the s, when many of his contemporaries were rediscovered by blues scholars.
Butterfield formed his own soon-to-be-legendary band in with guitarist Elvin Bishop and eventually drummer Sam Lay and bassist Jerome Arnold. This lineup was one of the first racially integrated blues bands in the city. Their self-titled release, featuring the additions of guitarist Mike Bloomfield and keyboardist Mark Naftalin, had a huge impact on the s blues revival, and they also broke ground backing Bob Dylan's legendary performance at the Newport Folk Festival the electric sound outraged many purist folk fans.
Later the band changed personnel again, eventually including jazz great David Sanborn in his early years on saxophone. Their success began to wind down in the late sixties, although they did appear at Woodstock and released two final albums in and Paul Butterfield continued to perform throughout the seventies.
As a vocalist he was originally inspired by Nat King Cole, and his early recordings reflect this smooth influence. This trend in Charles's music would continue, culminating in his signature hit and timeless classic "What'd I Say.
Charles is often referred to as the Father of Soul. He is a legendary musical figure and continues to tour. As a boy Sam often played with the Chatmon Family String Band, and when three of his brothers formed the Mississippi Sheiks, who became very popular, he sometimes played with them as well.
He became a plantation worker until the s blues revival, at which point, like many of his contemporaries, he embarked upon a second career as a musician, performing and recording until his death in Chess released some of the greatest blues ever recorded by legends such as Howlin' Wolf, Little Walter, Muddy Waters, Koko Taylor, and many others, and Chess box sets are among the finest collections of blues available today.
Marshall Chess grew up, literally, with the blues, hanging out at the Chess offices to be near his father, surrounded by blues greats and learning the finer points of recording. He later dropped out of college to work for Chess. After many years as a producer he started his own label, Cadet Concept, for which he produced the departure release Electric Mud , which featured Muddy Waters in a more electric, psychedelic blues arena. Despite initially strong sales, the album was widely panned by critics.
After his father's death in , Chess co-founded Rolling Stones Records and served as executive producer on the group's releases from through or Sticky Fingers through Black and Blue , to be more specific. He has also worked as a film producer. He is a rock and blues star in his own right, maintaining a reputation for decades as one of Great Britain's finest guitarists. Clapton reportedly left the Yardbirds in order to immerse himself in blues with the Bluesbreakers ; his subsequent forays into blues-rock with Cream and Blind Faith did a lot to merge the two genres in popular music.
He has moved between rock, blues and pop throughout his career, but his major influences include Muddy Waters, B. He is a master of painfully expressive guitar work, matched by his emotional vocal delivery. Although much of his work is outstanding, he is probably best known for the album Layla and Other Assorted Love Songs , which is commonly considered to be a masterpiece. Among other brilliant work, that album includes the rock classic "Layla.
Shemekia Copeland Born: , New York, New York Shemekia Copeland began appearing on stage with her father, Texas bluesman Johnny Copeland, as a child, and as a teenager she toured with him as his opening act, stunning audiences with a confident stage presence which seemed to belie her youth. Her vocal prowess matches her charisma as a performer. At the age of 19, Copeland released her debut album, inspiring comparisons to blues legends Etta James and Koko Taylor.
By Copeland had released two more albums to critical acclaim, and won three of the blues' prestigious W. Handy awards. She has worked with Ruth Brown, one of her original influences, as well as Dr. John and others. She began her career as a teenager, traveling throughout the south as a singer with tent and vaudeville shows. She was a prolific and popular recording artist throughout the s who wrote many of her own songs, one of which is the well-known "Wild Women Don't Have the Blues.
Cox's career was active throughout the s, when health problems reportedly forced her into retirement, although she did manage an additional recording session in the early s. Cream Eric Clapton, born March 30, , Ripley, England; Ginger Baker, born August 19, , Lewisham, England; Jack Bruce, born May 14, , Lanarkshire, Scotland Cream combined the superb musicianship of bassist Jack Bruce, drummer Ginger Baker, and guitarist Eric Clapton, and became a powerhouse of blues-rock that had an enormous influence on the future of rock and heavy metal.
They were all groundbreaking musicians known for their innovative, aggressive styles, and when they played together as a band they inspired one another to new heights of brilliance. They brought to the blues a jazz-inspired flair for improvisation, and although they were sometimes criticized for their seemingly endless jam sessions, at their best their competitive instrumental assaults showcased their unique gifts.
Eric Clapton raised the blues guitar solo to a high art form; Jack Bruce's fervent and often melodic bass playing could pass for a second lead guitar; and rock had never seen the likes of Ginger Baker's percussive mastery and it's possible that no one has matched him to this day.
The trio covered blues classics from legends such as Albert King, Skip James, and Willie Dixon in addition to original material, and in the process introduced the blues to a new audience and broke ground for subsequent heavy blues-rock bands such as Led Zeppelin. Cream formed in and broke up in All of their releases are classics.
He also studied classical music in his youth, but turned to blues after he was introduced to the music of John Lee Hooker. Reportedly it was Hooker's classic "Boogie Chillen" that had such a dramatic impact. Diddley's music is definitely blues-based, however he has had a more profound impact on rock and roll, especially through the beat he's known for, which became foundational in the genre.
He influenced the Yardbirds, the Rolling Stones and the Beatles, among many others, with his particularly lighthearted, rhythm-based brand of blues. Many of his songs are blues and rock and roll classics.
Diddley further influenced rock and roll with his design of a square guitar, one of his trademarks. He continues to tour and record. Willie Dixon Born: July 1, , Vicksburg, Mississippi Died: January 29, , Burbank, California Willie Dixon is best known for his songwriting prowess, although his influence on the blues includes his superb work as a producer, arranger, session musician and performer.
Dixon began performing in Chicago in the late s; his career was interrupted briefly in the early s when he was jailed for refusing the draft as a conscientious objector. He later worked for the blues label Chess, where his songwriting gave a significant boost to the careers of Muddy Waters, Howlin' Wolf, Little Walter and others. Howlin' Wolf had such success with his rendition of Dixon's tunes that for years they were his primary recording and performance efforts.
As a mentor to vocalist Koko Taylor, Dixon had her record "Wang Dang Doodle," which became a huge hit and is still her signature classic. Later in his life Dixon had to fight to reap the financial rewards of his art and subsequently worked on behalf of other artists to assist them in securing publishing royalties.
He influenced not only his contemporaries, but countless blues and rock and roll artists, including Led Zeppelin, the Doors and Cream. His body of work as a songwriter boasts many blues standards and rock and roll classics.
He made rhythm and blues music palatable to a wider audience, as his style represented the calmer edge of the spectrum, in contrast to incendiary rock artists such as Little Richard. As a performer his shy charm and warm grin reflected the mood of his music. Domino's wide popularity helped black music reach a white audience. Most of his numerous hits have become classics. John combines the roots of New Orleans blues with jazz, funk, rhythm and blues, pop and rock, infused with his sense of humor and particularly original and inventive artistic sensibility.
John became a session musician, where he worked with such local legends as Allen Toussaint and Professor Longhair. He eventually moved to Los Angeles and continued doing session work. I've Got a Right to Cry. Evening Shadows Coming Down. Driftin' Blues. Information Blues Roy Milton. Boogie B. Boom Boom John Lee Hooker. Wee Baby Blues P. Frisco Blues John Lee Hooker. Please Love Me B. Piney Brown Blues P. Hey Now Ray Charles. I'm Wonderin' and Wonderin' Ray Charles.
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Forty Four Chester Burnett. Who Billy Myles. You're So Fine Walter Jacobs. African influences are apparent in the blues tonality, the call-and-response pattern of the repeated refrain structure of the blues stanza, the falsetto break in the vocal style, and the imitation of vocal idioms by instruments, especially the guitar and harmonica. The origins of the blues are poorly documented. It was influenced by work songs and field hollers, minstrel show music, ragtime , church music , and the folk and popular music of the white population.
Blues derived from and was largely played by Southern Black men, most of whom came from the milieu of agricultural workers. The earliest references to blues date back to the s and early s. In Black bandleader W. It became very popular, and thereafter many other Tin Pan Alley songs entitled blues began to appear.
The rural blues developed in three principal regions, Georgia and the Carolinas , Texas , and Mississippi. Sold by. Have one to sell? Sell on Amazon.
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