Thursday, November 11, 2010

The Original American Folk Blues Festival (1963)






The Original American Folk Blues Festival (1963)[Polydor1991]

http://www.wirz.de/music/afbffrm.htm
The 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 [1], (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.

Blues musicians who performed included: Muddy Waters, Sonny Boy Williamson, John Lee Hooker, Sippie Wallace, T-Bone Walker, Sonny Terry & Brownie McGhee, Memphis Slim, Otis Rush, Lonnie Johnson, Eddie Boyd, Big Walter Horton, Junior Wells, Big Joe Williams, Mississippi Fred McDowell, Willie Dixon, Otis Spann, Big Mama Thornton, Bukka White Howlin' Wolf (with a band made up of Sunnyland Slim, Hubert Sumlin, Willie Dixon and drummer Clifton James), Champion Jack Dupree, Son House, Skip James, Sleepy John Estes, Little Brother Montgomery, Victoria Spivey, J. B. Lenoir, Little Walter, Carey Bell, Louisiana Red, Lightnin' Hopkins, Joe Turner, Buddy Guy, Magic Sam, Lee Jackson, Roosevelt Sykes, Doctor Ross, Koko Taylor, Hound Dog Taylor and Helen Humes.


Memphis Slim
- We're Gonna Rock
T-Bone Walker
- I Wanna See My Baby
- I'm In Love *
Sonny Terry
- I'm Crazy 'Bout You Baby
Memphis Slim & Willie Dixon
- Stewball
John Lee Hooker
- Let's Make It Baby
- Shake It Baby
- The Right Time
- Need Your Love So Bad
Shakey Jake
- Hey, Baby
- Love My Baby
Brownie McGhee
- Crying At The Station
Memphis Slim & Willie Dixon
- Bye Bye Baby

rec. October 18th, 1962 in Hamburg
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