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Hard to imagine where we'd be at musically if not for old blues, jazz, soul and R&B.

Country music (on records) pretty much started in 1927 with the recordings of Jimmie Rodgers "Father of Country Music" and The Carter Family, both have talked about black blues being a huge influense on them and we see that in the music.

Elvis 's first record in 1954 was a cover of a Big Boy Crudup tune...."That's Alright Mama"....Elvis also stold some other blues tunes early on, he got it.

What can we say about Chuck Berry, Little Richard, Bo Diddley, Fats Domino, Big Joe Turner and the impact they made on American music, then there was Ray Charles. All that Doowop stuff.

Speaking of that old stuff, the music of Ma Rainey, Bessie Smith, Louis Armstrong, Blind Lemon Jefferson, Robert Johnson is more revered today than it was back in the 20's and 30's.

Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys played them blues as a western swing band, the great Hank Williams played them blues. Merle Haggard, Willie Nelson have paid homage to them old blues.

Then there are the British, who doesn;t know the Rolling Stones story and how American southern blues and especially guitar master Elmore James was their guilding light, Brian Jones freaked out over James. Then there was Eric Burdon and the Animals, they also were blues driven. John Mayall, Eric Clapton, Robert Plant, Jeff Beck, JoAnn Kelly, Jimmy Page all have paid homage to those old southern blues.

What if blacks had never left Africa, so no James Brown, Aretha Franklin, all those mentioned above, The Tempations, Prince, Etta James, Marvin Gaye, rap, hip hop.

The first blues recording from 1920, yep, the roots to the tree.



Easy to see why Brian Jones was so into his music



You've all heard Led Zeppelin 's "Levee Breaks" here is where it came from.


If the blues had one God, here He is, the great Robert Johnson


 
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Here is Elvis covering a Lonnie Johnson tune way back in 1954. Johnson the greatest blues guitarist.


This is in my opinion the best example on record of primitive Mississippi Delta Blues. Lacy only recorded one record then turned to religion, he died about 45 minutes from where I;m sitting, yep....moved to Bakersfield.



You cannot talk black music without "James Alley Blues" this is a true masterpiece.



Speaking of masterpieces here is another one, she recorded three records in 1930 then went back in the shadows where she came from.


 
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Yes it is and we are lucky to have it. Bummer we had to come by it the way we did.

Fine line sometimes between blues/jazz as we see here.....

Thinking 1924

 
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Great music hat makes you realize what a shit show most of today’s music is. I have numerous muddy waters cds. One of my favorites.
No B.B. King?
Yes, we won't find that stuff anymore.

We need another set starting with BB King's classic











 
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This black chick tried to get me to listen to Kanye West’s Graduation album and J Cole...

I appreciated the effort and she was like “wow, you don’t know these songs”

And I’m like...give me my damn Def Leppard
 
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This black chick tried to get me to listen to Kanye West’s Graduation album and J Cole...

I appreciated the effort and she was like “wow, you don’t know these songs”

And I’m like...give me my damn Def Leppard
We all have our thing, mine is finding out where it all came from.

The only music I just can't handle is the opera, everything else is ok if the mood is right.

I do think everyone should give as much music a listen as they can, widen those horizons. It shouldnt be......look I only listen to rap.

In a 24 hour period I will go from Jaybird Coleman, Boweavil Jackson, to Iron Buttefly to JJ Cale to......


 
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