Happy BIRTHday


Today is the anniversary of the birth of two of my favourite blues musicians, Jimmy Rogers and Memphis Minnie. Rogers once played a fine gig at the Wedgewood Rooms but is best known for his 1950s recordings when he was also the guitarist with Muddy Waters. Here’s one of his classics with a band including Willie Dixon, Otis Spann & Robert Lockwood plus a stunning harmonica solo from Big Walter (Horton):

I sang that one back in the 1970s in a short-lived band called Kindhearted Woman. Rogers’ mellow, melodic voice suits us white boys – easier than covering the Wolf!

And here’s Minnie – we used to do this in RP&Gone


Author: pompeypop

University lecturer, longtime local musician and recently historian of popular music - especially in and around Portsmouth. My blog is entirely about that topic

3 thoughts on “Happy BIRTHday

  1. Wow! You’ve posted two of my favourites on the same day ! I love ‘walking’ blues, one of my all time favourites being ‘The Walk’ by Jimmy McCracklin.

  2. Charlie Watts is 75 today too!

  3. Is he a blues singer? Oh no, but he is a cricket fan!

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