Featured Video: 1965 British Concert With Some Great Bands

We came across this video of a New Musical Express concert in 1965. It’s not all blues but there are some great examples of 1960’s British bands doing blues covers.

Performers, in order of appearance are the Moody Blues (pre- Justin Hayward and John Lodge, when they were doing blues covers like Bo Diddley), Freddy and the Dreamers, Georgie Fame (covering Rufus Thomas‘ Walking The Dog), The Seekers, Herman’s Hermits, The Ivy League,

Merry Christmas To All Our Readers

Merry Christmas to all our readers.

Here are some Christmas blues.

Chuck Berry – Run, Run Rudolph

Chuck Berry and Keith Richards – Run Run Rudolph

John Lee Hooker – Blues For Christmas

Lightnin’ Hopkins – Santa

Albert King – Santa Claus Wants Some Lovin’

The Drifters – Santa’s Got The Blues

Denise Lasalle – Santa’s Got The Christmas Blues

Wanda Jackson & the Continentals – Merry Christmas Baby

Some 1960’s Videos Of Jesse Fuller

We came across these videos of Jesse Fuller.

Jesse Fuller was born in Georgia and later moved to California so he’s not a Mississippi bluesman. But we thought our readers would enjoy these videos anyway.

The first two videos are from a 1968 Seattle TV station recording. We think these were made by the Seattle PBS station KCTS but we have to do more research before stating that conclusively.

In Part 1 notice that Jesse Fuller is using a folded pocket knife as a slide at about 4:00. This technique was described by W.C. Handy in his autobiography and Handy noted having seen an unnamed guitar player using it while waiting at the Tutwiler, Mississippi train station circa 1903. There is a Mississippi Blues Trail marker at the site of the now demolished train station in Tutwiler, Mississippi

This one is audio only. It’s a recording of a 1962 Jesse Fuller performance at the University of Chicago. The audio is good quality.

We will add some recommended recordings of Jesse Fuller in due time.

Featured Video: Roosevelt Sykes – The Honeydripper

Here is a video, or rather two separate videos, of a short film called The Honeydripper, featuring Roosevelt Sykes (1906-1983), one of the great 20th century blues piano players. Although the video caption says it is Big Bill Broonzy and Roosevelt Sykes. The person posting this has divided it into two separate performances: one by Roosevelt Sykes, one by Big Bill Broonzy.