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The Original American Folk Blues Festival '62 (1962)

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1 	–Memphis Slim 	We're Gonna Rock 	2:59
2 	–T-Bone Walker 	I Wanna See My Baby 	3:18
3 	–T-Bone Walker 	I'm In Love 	3:58
4 	–Sonny Terry 	I'm Crazy 'Bout You Baby 	3:26
5 	–Willie Dixon 	Stewball 	4:20
6 	–John Lee Hooker 	Let's Make It Baby 	4:35
7 	–John Lee Hooker 	Shake It Baby 	4:11
8 	–John Lee Hooker 	The Right Time 	6:16
9 	–Shakey Jake Harris 	Hey Baby 	2:16
10 	–Shakey Jake Harris 	Love My Baby 	3:05
11 	–Brownie McGhee 	Crying At The Station 	4:05
12 	–Memphis Slim 	Bye Bye Baby 	2:37

Brownie McGhee, John Lee Hooker, T-Bone Walker – guitar
Memphis Slim, T-Bone Walker – piano
Willie Dixon – bass
Shakey Jake Harris, Sonny Terry – harmonica
Jump Jackson – drums

October 18th, 1962. Hamburg

 

On the previous evening the ensemble had to played in Bremen and filled the audience with wild enthusiasm, and now the same thing was happening in Hamburg. But what was that being breathlessly whispered during the intermission ?

" Afterwards they are all going to Deutsche Grammophon's studio in Rahlstedt to cut an LP. That is, all except Helen Humes, she is under exclusive contract somewhere or other."

That was no rumour. It was "nothing but the truth", as lawyers in precise legal language always say; and the session lasted until five the next morning. Nobody was the least bit tired, although there was no strong coffee to drink. On the contrary, everyone became more wide awake. And who was "everybody" ? Well, there was the complete Folk Blues Festival ensemble ( with the exception of Helen Hume, as already mentioned ) with some of their girl friends; a number of fans whose sixth sense had told them that something like his might take place and had already arranged to take the Friday off from work; several newspaper reporters; and people from the various record companies situated in Hamburg. They all sat they together, united through the feeling for the blues. --- americanfolkbluesfestival.blogspot.com

 

The Original American Folk Blues Festival (also American Folk-Blues Festival, and AFBF) was a music festival that toured Europe beginning in 1962. German jazz publicist Joachim-Ernst Berendt first had the idea of bringing original African-American blues performers to Europe. Jazz had become very popular, and rock and roll was just gaining a foothold, and both genres drew influences directly back to the blues. Berendt thought that European audiences would flock to concert halls to see them in person.

Promoters Horst Lippmann and Fritz Rau brought this idea to reality. By contacting Willie Dixon, an influential blues composer and bassist from Chicago, they were given access to the blues culture of the southern United States. The first festival was held in 1962, and they continued almost annually until 1972, after an eight year hiatus reviving the festival in 1980 until its final performance in 1985.

The concerts featured some of the leading blues artists of the 1960s, such as Muddy Waters, Howlin' Wolf, Willie Dixon, John Lee Hooker and Sonny Boy Williamson, some playing in unique combinations such as T-Bone Walker playing guitar for pianist Memphis Slim, Otis Rush with Junior Wells, Sonny Boy Williamson with Muddy Waters. The Festival DVDs include the only known footage of Little Walter, and rare recordings of John Lee Hooker playing harmonica.

Attendees of the first London festivals are believed to include such influential musicians as Mick Jagger, Eric Burdon, Eric Clapton, and Steve Winwood, who were the primary movers in the blues explosion that would lead to the British Invasion.

Sonny Boy Williamson's visit to London with the 1963 festival led to him spending a year in Europe including recording the Sonny Boy Williamson and The Yardbirds album, (first released on Star-Club Records in 1965), and recording with The Animals.

Sites where the festival was held included London, Hamburg, Paris, and others. --- persevalk.blogspot.com

 

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