Rock and Roll The blues influence

Avery Parrish, Furry Lewis, Bukka White, Son House, Sonny Boy Williamson, Robert Johnson, Elmore James, T Bone Walker, Albert Ammons, Bobby Blue Bland, John Lee Hooker, Jimmy Reed, Sonny Boy Williamson 2, Jimmy Witherspoon, Roy Bland, Big Joe Turner, Pete Johnson, Jesse Stone, Jimmy Rushing, Big Bill Broonzy, Screamin’ Jay Hawkins, James Brown, Jimmy Liggins, Roy Milton, Little Milton, Howlin’ Wolf, Muddy Waters, Charley Booker, Roscoe Gordon, Pine Top Perkins, Johnny Otis, John R., Hoss Allen.

These are the names of blues players who had a direct influence on what has evolved into today’s “blues rock”. Of course, it had to come through the early blues and rockabilly phase and all the other styles and genre’s of the past 60 years. But what has penetrated through all those divergences has been the blues based rock and roll. The rest of present day music is tinged with early rock and roll as well. Country music of today would be what I would call damned fine rockabilly.

This is by no means a list of all blues players.They are the ones I have seen linked to what we know as rock and roll today. If you can add to this list I would appreciate it. To do so just make your comments in the comment section below this story. Don’t just give us a name. Give us some sort of specifics why they were influential to the formation of rock. (catch that ?) Even a comment by a famous rocker as how they influenced them would suffice but please give us that sort of background. 

I hope to come back and do my little link type stories on these blues players when time permits.

John Boykin

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