Category Archives: Blues

Updated: Muddy Waters house found to be ‘dangerous’ in Chicago city inspection

A house in Chicago once lived in by Muddy Waters and his family is being threatened with demolition because of its ‘dangerous’ state. The house at 4339 S. Lake Park Avenue was¬†lived in by Muddy, his wife Geneva and family … Continue reading

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Shuggie Otis tour : Dogged by problems?

I like Shuggie Otis, but missed the London leg of his come-back tour. He is an excellent blues guitar player and was a rare talent. As a teenager, he had begun recording with his father Johnny. He made some good … Continue reading

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The Sound Of Dobells – The British Record Shop Archive.

In August 2012 the British Record Shop Archive was set up online by Leon Parker to save the history of how we found, listened and bought music. For the last four years ‘Record Store Day’ have grabbed the media’s attention … Continue reading

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The Eagle Has Landed

Take a listen to this BBC radio programme broadcast on BBC Radio 4 on December 31st, 2012 at 4.00pm. Presented by Mark Radcliffe, it looks at the life and work of DJ, promoter and sometime R&B magazine editor Roger Eagle. … Continue reading

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St. Louis R&B Diva Fontella Bass RIP

The legendary St. Louis soul and R&B singer Fontella Bass, ¬†died on December 26th at the age of 72. Fontella was the daughter of gospel singer Martha Bass (a member of the Clara Ward Singers) and sister of soul singer … Continue reading

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The Story Of Border Radio

The term ‘border radio’ refers to the American broadcasting industry that sprang up on Mexico’s northern border in the early 1930s and flourished for half a century. High-powered¬†radio¬†transmitters on Mexican soil, beyond the reach of U.S. regulators, blanketed North America … Continue reading

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Jimmy McCracklin RIP

The above video is of Jimmy McCracklin with Ry Cooder and Wayne Bennett ¬†performing Erskine Hawkins’ ‘After Hours’ at the Village Music Anniversary Party, August 5th 1991. Jimmy had already performed this number in his set, but did it again … Continue reading

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Respected record collector and researcher George A. Moonoogian passes

It is sad to report the death of the well respected record collector, R&B expert, writer and DJ George A. Moonoogian of Haverhill, Massachusetts. George passed away on 17th December.¬† George was an English teacher and began collecting records in … Continue reading

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A Van For All Seasons

On a recent visit to Liverpool I picked up a copy of ¬†Low Down – The Definitive Liverpool Listings Magazine, an excellent publication. The main feature was an edited interview with Van Morrison, who’s new album ‘No Plan B’ has … Continue reading

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Giants of Mali Music Now Banned By Islamist Fighters

Islamist fighters who have taken over Niafunke, in Mali, 100km south-west of Timbuktu¬†have now introduced a strict social code: Women and girls must be covered, young men cannot wear loose trousers and all forms of music are banned. Reports are … Continue reading

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