On September 10th, 1970, The King of the Blues stepped foot into Cook County Jail, what was once described as the “World’s Worst Jail”, on a simple mission to do what he does best. And what B.B. Kingdoes best is play the hardest hitting blues straight from the soul that shake, rattle, and roll the very earth. In an experiment to change how the inmates of this Illinois prison were kept in line, the jail’s director, Winston Moore, offered a treat in place of previous heavy-handed tactics. There were no assurances as to how his literally captive audience would behave, but…
The live album Eric Clapton’s Rainbow Concert saw the light of day when it was released on September 10, 1973, some nine months after the attempt to reawaken the troubled guitarist took place. The idea for the “comeback” concert was that of Clapton’s close friend Pete Townshend who saw this as a way to bring the musician, who at one point had been England’s who’s who of guitarists, out of his drug fueled hiatus from music that followed the dissolution of Derek and the Dominos. The concert, which actually consisted of two shows, took place at London’s Rainbow Theatre on January 13th and saw Eric Clapton being supported by…
Country blues musicianWalter “Furry” Lewisperforms for a group of neighbors near his Memphis home on August 13, 1976. Photo by Barney Sellers.
Susan Tedeschi pays homage to a major inspiration of hers with a soulful cover of Koko Taylor’s “Voodoo Woman” at Austin City Limits on the 17th of June, 2003.
John Mayall, an important figure in the development of British blues, and his band The Bluesbreakers are joined on stage at the 2008 Montreux Jazz Festival by Northern Irish guitar virtuoso Gary Moore, for a rendition of Otis Rush’s“So Many Roads, So Many Trains”.
Missing some pop culture in your life? Well, guess what? A new week is upon us and we’re looking back at everything that happened in pop culture history. Today we’re taking a look at all the pop-culture happenings during the week of September 11 through September 17.