Spoonful — Howlin’ Wolf (Chess, 1960)

2016-11-10T17:07:38+00:00November 10th, 2016|

Howlin' Wolf's 1960 single 'Spoonful' for Chess Records has become one of the standards of Chicago blues but like many other such songs that are familiar to nearly every blues fan today, it never even [...]

Fever — Little Willie John (King, 1956)

2016-11-10T17:07:37+00:00November 10th, 2016|

Eighteen-year-old Little Willie John (1937-1968) didn't want to record 'Fever' when the song was presented to him in 1956, according to King Records producer Henry Glover, but Glover persisted and John's career got its biggest [...]

Sonny Payne

2018-03-01T16:53:08+00:00November 10th, 2016|

John William 'Sonny' Payne was the genial host of the legendary King Biscuit Time program on KFFA radio in Helena, Arkansas, for more decades than most of his listeners have even been alive. Payne, a [...]

The Bluesmen, by Samuel Charters

2016-11-10T17:07:32+00:00November 10th, 2016|

Sam Charters' groundbreaking research on the blues in the 1950s and '60s resulted in several books that helped fuel the blues revival, bringing to light a musical and cultural history that no previous books had [...]

Bonnie Raitt

2016-11-10T17:07:31+00:00November 10th, 2016|

While most of Bonnie Raitt's songs may fall outside the realm of blues, there is no doubting her commitment to and love for the music and the blues musicians themselves. Heavily influenced by, and sometimes [...]

W.C. Handy

2016-11-10T17:07:31+00:00November 10th, 2016|

W.C. Handy was already being hailed as 'The Father of the Blues' when the blues recording industry was still in its infancy. Handy's compositions and adaptations of blues he had heard in his travels began [...]

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