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Rock Legends: British Rhythm and Blues
British Rhythm and Blues
Season 10  |  Episode 12  |  Smooth/Arts  |  January 9, 2020

The origins of the British Rhythm and Blues were in the jazz, skiffle and folk movements of the 1950s. Chris Barber was one its early figures helping establish the Marquee Club, the key venue for British RandB bands. The 1958 visit of Muddy Waters influenced Blues Incorporated, with other bands emerging including the Animals from Newcastle, the Spencer Davies Group and the Yardbirds from London. British RnB had a harder edge born of black American blues with a gritty, syncopated sound and guitar-heavy mix.

The origins of the British Rhythm and Blues were in the jazz, skiffle and folk movements of the 1950s. Chris Barber was one its early figures helping establish the Marquee Club, the key venue for British RandB bands. The 1958 visit of Muddy Waters influenced Blues Incorporated, with other bands emerging including the Animals from Newcastle, the Spencer Davies Group and the Yardbirds from London. British RnB had a harder edge born of black American blues with a gritty, syncopated sound and guitar-heavy mix.

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