An interesting story

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An interesting story

Post by philbrown » 19 Jul 2019 05:06

Have you ever wondered why there were so many blues and R&B based bands in England?
One explanation is easy: The American Folk Blues Festival. In the early 60s American blues artists toured Europe and these shows and the records they spawned were fantastically popular. There's video. So that takes care of the blues. But R&B?
Here's the story that I heard. There was a merchant seaman on a regular Liverpool-New Orleans run who would buy records and bring them back to Great Britain. Great records from The Big Easy. Sounds a bit far fetched but think about this.
There's a song called Fortune Teller that just about every band in England did. The Who. The Stones, everybody. Great song. Know where it came from?
It's the flip side of a pretty obscure record by Benny Spellman called Lipstick Traces written and produced by Alan Toussaint.
All the way from New Orleans. How did it get there?
Interesting story.
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Post by AsOriginallyRecorded » 19 Jul 2019 05:48

I remember when I first read that part of the reason that blues music in particular was more popular in England initially, largely, unfortunately in retrospect, because of racism and discrimination against the "black" population in the U.S.A. The music and the musicians themselves were much better received in England and Europe in general. R&B, as an evolutionary music form became even more popular and wide-spread as a natural extension of it's popularity, spawning many of the groups that likewise became the forerunners of many rock bands. A fascinating story, only blemished by the struggle of the original pioneers of the genre to be heard and be acknowledged. Fortunately for us all, the music would not be ignored or suppressed. :D

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Post by Bob Dillon » 19 Jul 2019 18:53

The Beatles' first manager Allan Williams said the same thing. There were sailors called Cunard Yanks that brought back American R & B records and the like that the local beat groups would grab up and cover. It wasn't one sailor doing the bringing back of records. One group getting those records was the Beatles.

https://www.theguardian.com/music/2015/ ... -rocknroll

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Post by Bob Dillon » 19 Jul 2019 23:43

Crafty young Mick Jagger had found a source to send away for American record imports before the Stones were formed, which was a pretty rare thing among British youth. Keith Richards tells the story that he became reaquainted with Jagger on a train platform, they had previously known each other someway as young kids and then lost touch. That day Jagger was clutching his new copies of The Best of Muddy Waters and Rockin' at the Hops by Chuck Berry. It was those records that were the catalyst for newfound friendship between the two and, well...

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