16 posts in category Contemporaries

Otis Rush’s ‘Homework’ – Part 1 – Origins

Influential guitarist Bill Jennings wrote and recorded a jazzy ballad called ‘Have You Ever Had the Blues’ with Juanita Lenoir in 1955, (the record, ...

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Spotlight: On Duster Bennett – ‘Trying to Paint it in the Sky’

Multi-instrumentalist, composer, singer Duster Bennett was born September 23, 1946. Bennett is fondly remembered by all who knew him and retains a passion...

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‘Mean Old World’ Revisited Part 2 1969 / 1967 – The Sacred Mushroom & Canned Heat

A few weeks ago, I published a series of blogs (three in total) looking at covers of the song ‘Mean Old World’.  At the time, I chose to restrict myself ...

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‘Mean Old World’ Revisited – Part 1 – 1970 Derek and the Dominos / Eric Clapton & Duane Allman

A few weeks ago, I published a series of blogs (three in total) concerning covers of the song ‘Mean Old World’.  I chose to restrict myself to the year of ...

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Michael Bloomfield – Remembered

Michael Bloomfield, born this day in 1943, was one of the first American guitar heroes. Of course, there were others before him; Les Paul, Chuck Berry, Bo ...

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Spotlight: On Christine Perfect – ‘Get Like You Used To Be’

Christine McVie turns seventy-five today, June 12; born Christine Anne Perfect in 1943. Perfect was something of an anomaly on the British music scene in ...

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Mean Old World – 1968 Part III

Chicken Shack had an early champion in BBC broadcaster John Peel.  Peel had the band on the show three times in 1968, in January, April and September.  This ...

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‘Mean Old World’ – 1968 Part II

Just eleven days after performing the number at the Middle Earth Club, Peter Green’s Fleetwood Mac were in the BBC’s Maida Vale Studio 5 to record the ...

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Celebrating the Music of Otis Rush and His Influence on British Blues – Part II

Rush had a tremendous impact on the guitarists of the burgeoning British Blues boom in the mid to late sixties and these two essays look at few of the cover ...

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Rory Gallagher – Showbiz Blues

Fleetwood Mac Peter Green: guitar & vocal / Unknown: percussion Recorded at De Lane Lea Studios, London July 03, 1969 Released, The Play On (Reprise ...

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