From John Lee Cooker to Kansas Joe McCoy going by Hamfoot Ham, learn why some of the greats did so much recording under blues nicknames.
Penned by Willie Dixon, Otis Rush’s song has inspired rip-roaring versions from both Led Zeppelin and The Rolling Stones.
A hypnotic, hugely significant song, Howlin’ Wolf’s recording of ‘Spoonful’ became a blues staple recorded by everyone from Etta James to Cream and beyond.
Covering sessions spanning several years, T-Bone Walker’s Complete Imperial Recordings witness a precursor to Jimi Hendrix at the peak of his skills.
A cynical act of mimicry by Sonny Boy Williamson II sparked a blues legend, the latest chapter of which has been tackled in song by Randy Newman.
Recorded across several intimate sessions, ‘The Big Bill Broonzy Story’ remains an enduring monument to the man who bridged urban and rural blues styles.
One of the building blocks of rock’n’roll, Willie Dixon’s ‘Hoochie Coochie Man’ has been recorded by everyone from Muddy Waters to and Motörhead.
A classic example of Stax blues, the ‘King Of The Blues Guitar’ album is a go-to for those seeking to acquaint themselves with Albert King.
The blues artists talked, the rockers listened. Without the blues there’d be no rock’n’roll, but these influential blues songs were especially pivotal.
A collection of 50s singles, ‘Moanin’ In The Moonlight’ brought all of Howlin’ Wolf’s best qualities together: “a tail dragon with a voice like an angel”.
With his trio The Blue Line, Robben Ford recorded an exquisitely played and impressively varied set of covers and originals in the 1995 LP ‘Handful Of Blues’.
Despite its murky origins, Key To The Highway has become a blues classic, revered and recorded by everyone from Eric Clapton to BB King and the Stones.
Located in west London, W5, The Ealing Club was once home to The Rolling Stones, The Who and more, and is the iconic birthplace of British rock’n’roll.
As one of the most influential forces in music and culture, here is infographic snapshot of historical milestones that helped to bring about the blues.
These artists may be young in age but in blues years, they’re old souls. Here are just a few of the young artists keeping the blues alive.