pre-Stones/Beatles/Elvis – going back to where it started
If I wanted to go back earlier than Stones/Beatles/Elvis to their sources and inspirations, which albums/artists should I be listening to?
I’m not thinking so much of Jerry Lee Lewis and the stuff which was commercially successful, but the very original stuff before blues was popularised for the white mass audience.
Robert Johnson seems one place to start… anything else?Posted 4 years agoernie_lynchMember
going back to where it started
If you want to go back to where it all started then I think you’re probably going to have to go back to the French slave owners in Louisiana, who for their own delectation taught their slaves how to play (orchestral) musical instruments.Posted 4 years agoCountZeroMember
as Lennon said before Elvis there was nothing so unless you want to listen to early blues i would not bother tbh
Well, considering Elvis was influenced a lot by the country swing that was all over the radio, you could do worse than check out people like Hank Williams.Posted 4 years ago
Lennon could, and did, talk utter bollocks, and this statement is a clear example.DezBSubscriber
“He was the first person we had heard of from Britain to get to the coveted No. 1 in the charts, and we studied his records avidly. We all bought guitars to be in a skiffle group. He was the man.” — Paul McCartneyPosted 4 years ago
“I wanted to be Elvis Presley when I grew up, I knew that. But the man who really made me feel like I could actually go out and do it was a chap by the name of Lonnie Donegan.” — Roger Daltrey
There are the old blues like Robert Johnsone, Muddy and Howling wolf were later [ 60s ] , or theres jazz like Jelly Roll Morton ,Jug bands or you could listen top the people that Elvis copied like Big Joe Turner .Posted 4 years ago
If you go down the blues root Lightning Hopkins is good , or Sleepy John Estes ,Son House or Leadbelly .And no they don’t all sound the same , there’s a rich variety .wwaswasSubscriber
Howlin’ Wolf – 6’7″ and a huge chest. Brilliant sound;
then there’s the whole stuff that came out of early Jazz;
[video]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TYLbrZAko7E[/video]Posted 4 years agoRusty SpannerSubscriber
Old blues isn’t all misery and sexual euphemisms.
There’s drunken joy and downright filth too 😀
“Check all your razors and your guns,
Do the Shim-Sham Shimmy ’til the rising sun.
Give me a reefer and a gang of gin.
Play me cause I’m in my sin.
Blame me cause I’m full of gin.”
You go girl…….
Or if you’re more spiritually inlined, you really need a bit of Sister Rosetta.Posted 4 years ago
Later recording, but you get the idea:
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