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John Lee Hooker

John Lee Hooker: American Blues Legends Series

John Lee Hooker is an American blues singer-guitarist-songwriter, known as the “King of the Boogie-Woogie.” His early aggressive one cord boogie-woogie style guitar was very different than the piano boogie of the 30s and 40s. Also, he added spoken blues to his songs performed with his trademark gruff voice. Hooker is one of the most influential and copied blues artists of all-time.

Little Walter

Little Walter: American Blues Legends Series

Known as the greatest Blues harmonist, Little Walter was born Marion Walter Jacobs in Marksville, Louisiana. He grew up in nearby Rapides Parish were he learns the harp and guitar. At the age of 12, Walter quits school and leaves home to work odd jobs and busk from town to town. He sharpens his skills on the harmonica and guitar while performing with older musicians, including Sonny Boy Williamson II, Honeyboy Edwards.

Bo Diddley

Bo Diddley: American Blues Legends Series

In the 13th and final installment, we look at the great Bo Diddley, born Elias Otha Bates, adopted by his mother’s cousin, Gussie McDaniels. He then assumed Gussie’s surname and became Elias McDaniels. When he was six, the family moved to the south side of Chicago. It is there he learned the trombone and violin. He became proficient enough on the violin that he played in the Ebenezer Baptist Church orchestra until he was 18. It was at that age he became interested in the guitar after hearing “Boogie Chillin” by John Lee Hooker and being inspired by the rhythmic, pulsating music of a local Pentecostal church.

Howlin' Wolf

Howlin’ Wolf: American Blues Legends Series

owlin’ Wolf is a legend of the Chicago Blues. Wolf was an imposing figure standing 6 feet 3 inches tall and weighing close to 300 pounds with an intimidatingly booming, raspy voice. His delivery is a distinctive howl, a technique he developed from trying to imitate his childhood idol, country star Jimmie Rodgers.

Robert Johnson

Robert Johnson: American Blues Legends Series

It’s midnight; two lonely dirt roads cross near the Dockery Plantation in rural Mississippi. It’s there that a young man with a guitar waits. He wants to strike a deal, his soul for great talent. The Faustian legend goes that a large black man appears. He tunes the young man’s guitar. The devil owns his soul. From that point on Robert Johnson became one of the greatest guitarists of all time and the King of the Delta Blues.

Awesome Cover Songs – II

In part 2 we look at other genres covering country legend Hank Williams. His songs timeless and relevant and still inspire countless artists to this day.

bo diddley

13 Black Artist Who Inspired Rock: Bo Diddley

In the 13th and final installment of our series, we look at the great Bo Diddley. The creator of the Bo Diddley sound and innovator that move R&B to Rock. (music)

Chuck Berry

13 Black Artists that Inspired Rock: Chuck Berry

Born on October 18, 1926, son of a deacon father and a school-teacher mother, Chuck Berry grew up in a hard-working middle-class household. His mother, a skilled piano player, passes on her love of music to her son, but soon he moves away from her baptist hymns and develops a passion for blues, jazz and the harmonies of country music.


In memory of Jobriath and what could have been

August 4th, 2018 marks the 35th anniversary of the death of Jobriath Boone (born, Bruce Wayne Campbell). Once considered to be the American David Bowie with his own Ziggy Stardust look. Elektra records signed him to a recording contract in 1973. The reported $500,000 deal was the most lucrative to date.