Here’s a list of the music mentioned in Robert Hokum’s Chiswick Book Festival presentation How West London Rocked The World on 18 September 2019:
PART ONE – WHAT IS THE BLUES?
- LIZZIE MILES – MY MAN’O’WAR – 1930
An example of the commercialised music sold as ‘Blues’ in the 1930s
- LEADBELLY – WHOA BACK BUCK – 1934
The song which Robert Hokum believes has a similar melody to an Islamic call to prayer that he heard in Indonesia in 1993.
- LIGHTENING WASHINGTON AND GROUP – LONG JOHN – 1933
Recorded by the John & Alan Lomax at Darrington State Farm (prison work camp), Texas.
This ‘wood-chopping’ work song gives an example of the rhythms that would later find their way into the Blues.
- MUDDY WATERS – I BE’S TROUBLED – 1941
Recorded at Stovall’s Plantation by J&A Lomax. This is the first recording of the musician who would be brought to Britain by Chris Barber, inspire the British electric blues boom. His song Rolling Stone would give the name to a certain band whose classic line-up’s first-ever gig would be at the Ealing Club on 12 January 1963.
- THE DEER CLAN SINGERS – MOCASSIN DANCE
Recorded at a Pura Fe concert in 2011. This Native American heritage group displays how the music of their culture could have influence the Blues.
PART TWO – THE BLUES COMES TO BRITAIN
- KEN COLYER – K.C.MOAN – 1954
The Godfather of British Trad Jazz also had a skiffle group of which this is a recording. It is the recording debut of Alexis Korner on guitar.
- BERYL BRYDEN’S BACKROOM SKIFFLE – KANSAS CITY BLUES – 1956
The first recordings of Alexis Korner & Cyril Davies together.
- ALEXIS KORNER’S BLUES INCORPORATED FEATURING CYRIL DAVIES – NATIONAL DEFENCE BLUES – 1958
The first recordings of Blues Incorporated, when they were still an acoustic group.
- MUDDY WATERS – I’VE GOT MY MOJO WORKING – 1960
From Live at Newport, this was the album that was a template for Blues Incorporated. The Blues Incorporated album R&B at The Marquee includes covers of four songs from this album.
- BLUES INCORPORATED – BUILT FOR COMFORT – 1963
With Long John Baldry on vocals, and cover of a Howlin’ Wolf.
PART THREE – WHAT HAPPENED NEXT
- LED ZEPPELIN – TRAVELLING RIVERSIDE BLUES – 1969
A couple of British musicians from the Alexis Korner school with a cover of a Robert Johnson song recorded in a 1969 BBC session. Armed with a wall of Marshall amps, and playing delta style blues at intense volume, they would go on to be the biggest ROCK band in the world.