A Reader From Greece Has Done A Series Of Videos On Blues History

One of our readers from Greece, Panagiotis Charalampidis, left a comment on the site saying:

“Hello from Greece! I love your site! It has been a valuable source of information about the Blues. I just finished a series of videos about the History and Evolution of the Blues (10 episodes), something like a documentary or a series of history lessons for music lovers….”

Thanks Panagiotis. Glad you liked our website and found it useful.

Here are the 10 episodes of The History and Evolution of the Blues on Panagiotis Charalampidis’ YouTube channel, funkpunk.

Part 1, 16th-17th Century

Part 2, 18th-19th Century

Part 3, Gospel, Minstrelsy & Vaudeville

Part 4, Pop, Ragtime & Jazz

Part 5, Proto-Blues

Part 6, 1900-1920

Part 7, 1920’s

Part 9, 1930’s

Part 9, 1940’s

Part 10, 1950’s

Featured Videos: The !!!! Beat, 1966

The !!!! Beat was an American TV show in 1966, hosted by legendary DJ Hoss Allen (1922-1997).

Here are some episodes of The !!!!Beat which blues fans may be interested in seeing:

Episode 15 featuring Louis Jordan and Freddie King:

Episode 16, featuring Clarence ‘Frogman’ Henry, Gatemouth Brown


Episode 25, featuring Little Milton and Freddie King


Video: Joe Bonamassa Covering Albert King’s Cadillac Assembly Line – 2016

We came across this video of Joe Bonamassa covering Albert King’s Cadillac Assembly Line in 2016.

Here is a video of Albert King doing Cadillac Assembly Line in 1980:

The Mississippi Blues Trail marker for Albert King is in downtown Indianola, Mississippi:

Mississippi Blues Trail marker for Albert King, Indianola, Mississippi
Mississippi Blues Trail marker for Albert King, Indianola, Mississippi

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.