History of the Blues

This post is for my Pop 1 music students at the City of Bath College.

Aside from this 7-part series of clips from The History of the Blues I would recommend watching Martin Scorsese’s The Blues.

Pt 1 – Charley Patton, W.C. Handy, Bukka White, Wilie Dixon, Muddy Waters and Blind Lemon Jefferson

Pt 2 – Bessie Smith, Ma Rainey and Mamie Smith

Pt 3 – Tommy Johnson, Son House, Peetie Wheatstraw, Lonnie Johnson and Louis Armstrong

Pt 4 – Kansas City Blues, Count Basie, B.B. King, Jimmy Rushing, Charlie Parker, Big Bill Broonzy

Pt 5 – Brownie McGhee, Sonny Terry, Willie Dixon, Muddy Waters, Elmore James, Howlin Wolf and T-Bone Walker

Pt 6 – B.B. King, Dinah Washington and Etta James

Pt 7 – Chess Records, Sun Records, Elvis, Chuck Berry, Bo Diddley, John Lee Hooker and Rolling Stones


About Richard Perkins

Richard Perkins is the founder of Bath Guitar School and has worked for the International Guitar Foundation, Brit Awards, Rockschool, B&NES Council, Mid Somerset Festival, Bath Music Plus, and appeared on BBC and ITV television and radio programming as well as being featured in Guitar Techniques, Total Guitar, Venue, Bath Life magazines and the Bath Chronicle newspaper. Richard is a graduate of the Commercial Music degree programme at Bath Spa University and has a HND in Popular Music from Oxford College.
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