Roots of rock & roll: “hillbilly & blues/R&B”

I came across this 1951 video of the great Western Swing Band, Bob Wills and the Texas Playboys on Twitter recently (posted by Afropop Worldwide no less!), singing their 1930’s hit “Ida Red”  — a song first recorded a decade earlier (by Fiddlin’ Powers and Family), and has roots back to an 1878 popular song, “Sunday Night”. The video is a terrific capture of one of the seminal bands that pushed country music boundaries in the pre-World War Two era. Wills was known as the “King of Western Swing” and recorded over a 40 year period. But the song made … Continue reading

Chuck Berry & T-Bone Walker, 1972

The rock & roller and one of his idols share a guitar on “Everyday I Have The Blues” at the Montreux Jazz Festival, 1972. According to a poster on Charlie Gillett’s music forum (where I found this clip), Walker’s own set the previous day was recorded and released on an LP, Fly Walker Airlines which was to be his last album. Walker was the first bluesman recorded playing electric guitar and died in 1975.