Louis Armstrong Back in the Day

Louis Armstrong Back in the Day
With His Signature White Handkerchief and Smile

The significance of the blues aesthetic for those who are not professionally conversant in musical notation or the academic discipline of music or jazz history.

Thursday, March 26

American Blues Festivals in England in the 60s

"Recorded live in a small TV studio in Germany," as reported via the Reelin in the Years Production in association with Experience Hendrix as issued via Volumes One and Two in association apparently with Hipo Records.  The trail of credits and trademarks on this wonderful set of dvds gets confusing but it is well worth it.  Herein I am sharing a link to some copies of these sessions on youtube.

Extremely influential set of recordings unavailable in the United States for many years but these performances nonetheless managed to leave a trail throughout subsequent rock and roll, r&b and "what not" (as Big Mama Thornton might say) from that time on.  This would appear at least retrospectively to be some serious "root" music at this point.

 Really great stuff on so many levels, about which there will be more to be said later perhaps but will be showing some of this in class tomorrow now that I've got my technology together at City College at least: T Bone Walker Sonny Terry, Brownie McGhee, Memphis Slim, John Lee Hooker, Eddie Boyd, Junior Wells, Mississippi Fred McDowell, Muddy Waters and Victoria Spivey.

This material can also be purchased very reasonably via Hipo Records on DVD Video.  They are also listed on my Amazon Blues People List.

Check out this link for just some of the wonderful stuff from the various Blues Festivals abroad, including here John Lee Hooker singing Hobo Blues at an earlier link on this page:


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