Friday, August 18, 2006

A New Generation Of Blues

Of all the hundreds of versions of this Muddy Waters song I think this version is one of my personal favourites. Alexis as hopefully most of you already know was in at the beginning of the British Blues scene and in the early 60's his band Blues Incorporated crossed paths with musicians who would later feature in such bands as The Rolling Stones, The Small Faces, Manfred Mann and John Mayall's Bluesbreakers.
Alexis arrived in London in 1940 and was born of Turkish, Greek and Austrian descent. He formed Blues Incorporated alongside the great (now almost forgotten) harmonica player Cyril Davies. Cyril sings lead and plays harp on the track and you can hear their mojo working. It is from their 1962 LP 'R&B From The Marquee'. Cyril soon left the band to form his own R&B All Stars but died in January 1964. Alexis continued to be the Godfather of British Blues and became a DJ on BBC Radio one with his one hour 'Blues & Soul Show,' which I listened to on a regular basis for many years. Alexis died on 1st January 1984, 20 years after his friend Cyril.

Alexis Korner & Cyril Davies - I Got My Mojo Working

Above are covers of the original LP if you can't seek that out it was issued by RadioActive Records on CD in Nov 2003.

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