Tuesday, 22 November 2011

This Week's Featured Artist...

Alexis Korner (19th of April 1928- 1st January 1984) was a blues musician and broadcaster, who is often referred to as the Founding Father of British Blues. He helped to bring together many English blues musicians. In 1954 he jointly opened a blues club in London's Soho, where he formed the group Blues Incorporated in 1961. This included at various times Charlie Watts, Jack Bruce, Ginger Baker, Graham Bond, and others and attracted younger fans, including Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Rod Stewart, Jimmy Page and John Mayall.
For a while Korner hosted Five O'Clock Club, a childrens' television show that introduced a whole new generation of British kids to American blues and jazz.
During the '70s Korner had his only major hit, as leader of CCS. Their version of Led Zeppelin's "Whole Lotta Love" went on to become the theme tune to Top of The Pops from 1971-1981.

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