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Le Blues revient en force dans le monde

Présentation de Guitar Heroes et de chanteurs de Blues-Rock à travers le monde Du Delta du Mississipi jusqu'à nos jours

Ecrit par Eoghan Jennings – Mars 2019


En temps de crise économique, le taux d'emploi chute. On n'a plus d'argent et le marasme s'installe. Cela nous amène aux origines du Blues, au 19ème siècle, dans les plantations du sud des Etats-Unis. Les esclaves et leurs descendants ont commencé à le chanter pour s'aider à surmonter les épreuves et la pauvreté. Il les a soutenus dans les moments de désespoir et a contribué à évacuer leur malaise. Ils ont commencé à ressentir de la joie et ont oublié leurs problèmes.

Blues is the new Black. Guitar heroes. Eric Clapton, Buddy Guy, George Thorogood, Billy Gibbons.

Blues Guitar Music back in Vogue in a Bluesier World…

Description of Blues-Rock guitar heroes & singers throughout the world from Mississippi Delta to today

 Written by Eoghan Jennings March 2019 


In hard economic times, the rate of employment drops.  We have less money and we get depressed. That ties in with the origins of the blues back in the 19th century in the southern plantations of the United States. Slaves and their descendants began to sing it to help them overcome hardship and poverty.  It helped them when they were feeling down and to rid themselves of frustration.  They began to feel happy and forget their troubles. Your dog died, you got the blues. Your wife left you, you got the blues. You fall out of love, you got the blues. You lose your job, you got the blues.

Do you remember when we used to sing, Sha la la la la la la la la la la te da

This 68 year old Northern Irish Singer Songwriter has explored soul, jazz, blues, rhythm & blues, rock and roll, Celtic folk, pop balladry and more. He has referred to his music as “Caledonia soul,” reflecting his deep immersion in American roots music and Irish mysticism and was a member of the 1960’s group ‘Them’. The man was voted the 42nd Greatest Artist in Rock 'n' Roll by Rolling Stone magazine and is former First Lady, Laura Bush's favourite singer, even though he was invited to sing at President George W. Bush's inauguration, which he declined. He is intensely private and cantankerous and is not given to making public pronouncements. At 64, he faced an allegation that he had become a father again to a baby boy by a woman who was not his wife. He has 500 songs and 41 albums and in 1972 began to develop stage fright. His second and present wife is a former Miss Ireland.

The Little Devil that was brought down and found Waking Up Hard to Do.

Neil Sedaka

This American singer/songwriter is nearly 76 years old and his name means Charity in Hebrew. He has written more than 800 songs in the past 61 years, in fact, he only writes the melodies. Other people write the lyrics. When he was 13, he wrote 500 songs over the next two years. He said that he was born with the gift of music and his mother told him that he wouldn’t eat unless the radio was playing music. When he was in school in Brooklyn, his teacher noticed that he had a musical ability and sent a note home to his parents. As a result, his mother had to take a part time job for the next nine months in order to buy a second-hand upright piano. At the age of eight he was practicing five hours a day. At 17, he started a band called the Tokens and at 19 joined other greats like Neil Diamond, Carole King and Paul Simon in 1650 Broadway. At 24, he sold 25 million records, at which time Beatlemania killed his career stone dead in America.


The Long and Winding Road to Success

The Beatles in the CavernMid 1950’s England was a dark place after WW2.  A few teenagers began busking on the streets of Liverpool. Skiffle was the style of music that thrived and influenced people.  In March 1957, The Blackjacks was formed which was changed to The Quarry Men a week later.  Colin Hanton played drums, Eric Griffiths on guitar, Pete Shotton on washboard, Rod Davis on banjo, Bill Smith on tea-chest bass and another man sang and played guitar. Bill was soon replaced by Ivan Vaughan.  The group changed musicians, singers and their name until they were properly formed in 1960.  They disbanded in 1970 and during that ten years and beyond, they were the largest influence on music and pop culture.  In 1965, the four members of the band were appointed MBEs by Queen Elizabeth II.  They are the best selling band in history having sold 1.1 billion records and have had more number one albums on the British charts and sold more singles in the UK than any other act even though the BBC banned four of their songs.


A boy from nowhere still going strong.

 Pontypridd is not a place that springs to mind for music. However, one of the world’s most famous singers came from there. In 1963, he joined the band Tommy Scott and the Senators. He is nearly 74 years of age and has an OBE and a Knighthood. When he was 12, he got TB, which kept him in bed for two years. It was during this time that he began to develop his love of music. His marriage of 57 years is still as strong today as it was in 1957 and it produced a son, Mark, who is his manager today. He sang the theme song from Thunderball. In 1974 he moved to America to escape Britain’s 83% marginal tax rate and bought Dean Martins mansion in Bel Air.  


One of my favourite Blues artists of all time Mr Elmore James was born on January 27, 1918 and is credited as one of the most influential blues artists of his generation and to this day has a sound that has been emulated and reproduced throughout the history of modern music.

"The Dubliners had re-energised and refreshed Ireland’s unique musical heritage." (President Mary McAleese)

The Dubliners 1984 onwards. Jim McCann, Paddy reilly, Ronnie Drew,  Eamonn Campbell, John Sheahan,  Barney McKenna and Sean CannonRonnie Drew was an English teacher in 1961 when he returned to Dublin from Spain where he had been learning the guitar.  He used to sing, play guitar and tell stories at parties. His voice was described “like coke being crushed under a door”. Comedian John Molloy asked him to warm up the audience at his Gaiety Theatre show. Ronnie brought Barney McKenna, a superb tenor banjo player, with him. The lads then met every Friday night in Dublin’s O’Donoghue’s Pub on Merrion Row. Luke Kelly had just returned from England and student Ciaran Bourke joined them. The rest, as they say, is history, and to this day, the music has never stopped in O’Donoghue’s.

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