As part of their “Music Icons” series Sky Arts recently included a feature on the 60’s British Rhythm & Blues boom. Thankfully Blues Incorporated, Alexis Korner & The Ealing Club and The Crawdaddy (Richmond) were all included in this half hour slot that centred much around The Yardbirds & The Animals, bands who were particularly dedicated to recreating the sounds of Chicago & Missisippi
For more on the R & B scene, the Ealing Club and bands such as The Who, The Rolling Stones, Cream viewers can also head to Sky Arts/Now TV or purchase copies of Suburban Steps To Rockland at www.ealingclub.com.
Sky Arts programming is becoming a great reference point for Rock ‘n’ Roll music fans, especially on Friday nights.
Friday 11th December included a broadcast of Classic Albums series featuring “Who’s Next” followed by a magazine programme featuring Robert Plant and AC/DC’s Brian Johnson that presented a comprehensive overview of the Led Zeppelin frontman’s career to date.
Recent highlights at the BBC need to include Ealing raised Director, Steve McQueen’s magnificent series of Small Axe films that feature some wonderful music content from the 60’s & 70’s. It has to be said, that musical influences here were probably far away from the minds of the Yardbirds back in 1962-65.
We would encourage younger music enthusiasts to consider putting copies of the movies “Rudeboy: The Story of Trojan Records” and “Suburban Steps To Rockland” and “Rock ‘n’ Roll Island” on their Xmas lists.
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