History of British Blues

 

Artists Directory

 

Directory of early British blues artists, their backgrounds, blues music genres, and instruments played

 

This directory has been compiled to acknowledge the involvement and contribution of the early blues artists in creating the British Blues Scene.

Click here for a similar directory of early British blues bands.

 

Introduction to the details listed

Name – the commonly know name of the artist

More information about each artist can be found by clicking the artist’s name, this will take you to the associated Wikipedia entry if present or to an other source if not. Also included below the artist’s name, where appropriate, are links to other articles on this website with references to the blues artist(s) listed.

Birth Name – the artist’s given birth name

Birthplace – the artist’s place of birth (town/county)

Born-Died – date of birth and date of death

Instruments – the artist’s preferred instruments

Associated with – the bands and other artists mostly associated with (only the early blues bands and artists)

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The Early British Blues Artists Directory …

This directory is at an early stage in development – more to be added soon.

A Birth Name Birthplace Born-Died Instruments Associated with
Colin Allen Colin Eric Allen Bournemouth, Hampshire 1938- Drums Zoot Money's Big Roll Band Dantalian's Chariot
John Mayall & The Bluesbreakers
Mick Taylor
The British Blues Quintet
Johnny Almond Johnny Almond Enfield, Middlesex 1946-2009 Sax Alan Price Set
Fleetwood Mac
John Mayall
Mark Almond
B Birth Name Birthplace Born-Died Instruments Associated with
Long John Baldry John William Baldry East Haddon, Northamptonshire 1941-2005 Singer Blues Incorporated
Steampacket
Chris Barber Donald Christopher Barber Welwyn Garden City 1930- Trombone Chris Barber's Band
Lonnie Donegan
Ken Colyer
Graham Bond Graham John Clifton Bond Romford, Kent 1937-1974 Singer, Sax, Keyboards The Graham Bond Organisation
Don Rendell
Blues Incorporated
Geoff Bradford Geoffrey Frank Bradford Islington, London 1934-2014 Guitar, Vocals Blues Incorporated
R&B All Stars
Alexis Korner
Brian Jones
Victor Brox Victor Brox Ashton-under-Lyne, Lancashire 1940- Horns, Keyboards, Vocals Aynsley Dunbar Retaliation
Graham Bond
Alexis Korner
John Mayall
Bob Brunning Robert Brunning Bournemouth, Hampshire 1943-2011 Bass guitar Fleetwood Mac
Savoy Brown
Tramp
Eric Burdon Eric Victor Burdon Newcastle upon Tyne 1941- Singer The Animals
War
C Birth Name Birthplace Born-Died Instruments Associated with
Chas Chandler Bryan James Chandler Newcastle upon Tyne 1938-1996 Bass Guitar, Vocals The Animals
The Jimi Hendrix Experience
Chick Churchill Michael George Churchill Ilkeston, Derbyshire 1946- Keyboards, Piano, Organ The Jaybirds
Ten Years After
D Birth Name Birthplace Born-Died Instruments Associated with
Cyril Davies Cyril Davies Denham 1932-1964 Vocals, Harp Cyril Davis Allstars
Blues Incorporated
Long John Baldry
Alexis Korner
Lonnie Donegan Anthony James Donegan Glasgow 1931-2002 Vocals, Guitar, Banjo Chris Barber's Jazz Band
Lonnie Donegan's Skiffle Group
John Dummer Anthony John Dummer Surbiton, Surrey 1944- Drums John Dummer Band
Dave Kelly
Jo Ann Kelly
Tony McPhee
Bob Hall
John O'Leary
Pick Withers
Aynsley Dunbar Aynsley Thomas Dunbar Liverpool 1946- Drums The Aynsley Dunbar Retaliation
The Jeff Beck Group
David Bowie
John Mayall & The Bluesbreakers
Michael Chapman
E Birth Name Birthplace Born-Died Instruments Associated with
Roger Earl Roger Earl Hampton Court Palace, London 1946- Drums Savoy Brown
F Birth Name Birthplace Born-Died Instruments Associated with
Georgie Fame Clive Powell Leigh, Lancashire 1943- Vocals, Piano Georgie Fame & The Blue Flames
Alan Price
Bill Wyman's Rhythm Kings
Van Morrison
Gary Fletcher Gary Fletcher London Born early 1950s Bass The Blues Band
The Dave Kelly Band
The British Blues Allstars
Zoot Money
Pick Withers
Hughie Flint Hughie Flint Manchester 1940- Drums John Mayall & The Bluesbreakers
McGuiness Flint
The Blues Band
G Birth Name Birthplace Born-Died Instruments Associated with
Peter Green Peter Allen Greenbaum Bethnel Green, London 1946- Guitar, Harp, Vocals John Mayall & The Bluesbreakers
Fleetwood Mac
Peter Green Splinter Group
H Birth Name Birthplace Born-Died Instruments Associated with
Alex Harvey Alexander James Harvey Glasgow, Scotland 1935-1982 Singer, Guitar The Sensational Alex Harvey Band
Bob Hall Robert Hall West Byfleet, Surrey 1942- Piano The Groundhogs
The Sunflower Blues Band
Savoy Brown
Dave Kelly
Jo Ann Kelly
Alexis Korner
Jack Bruce
Dick Heckstall-Smith Richard Malden Heckstall-Smith Ludlow, Shropshire 1934-2004 Saxophone, Piano, Clarinet Blues Incorporated
The Graham Bond Organisation
John Mayall & The Bluesbreakers
Victor Brox
John O'Leary
Jon Hiseman Philip John Hiseman Woolwich, London 1944-2018 Drums Colosseum
John Mayall & The Bluesbreakers
Graham Bond Organisation
J Birth Name Birthplace Born-Died Instruments Associated with
Brian Jones Lewis Brian Hopkin Jones Cheltenham, Gloucestershire 1942-1969 Guitar, harp The Rolling Stones
Paul Jones Paul Pond Gosport, Hampshire 1942- Vocals, Harp Manfred Mann
The Blues Band
The Manfreds
K Birth Name Birthplace Born-Died Instruments Associated with
Dave Kelly David William Kelly Streatham, London 1947- Guitar, Vocals The Blues Band
The John Dummer Band
Jo Ann Kelly
Dave Kelly Band
Jo Ann Kelly Jo Ann Kelly Streatham, London 1944-1990 Singer Dave Kelly
Tony McPhee
The John Dummer Band
Alexis Korner Alexis Andrew Nicholas Koerner Paris, France 1928-1984 Vocals, Guitar Blues Incorporated
CCS
Snape
Paul Kossoff Paul Francis Kossoff Hampstead, London 1950-1976 Guitar Free
Black Cat Bones
L Birth Name Birthplace Born-Died Instruments Associated with
Paul Lamb Paul Lamb Blyth, Northumberland 1955- Vocals, Harp Paul Lamb & The King Snakes
Alvin Lee Graham Anthony Barnes Nottingham 1944-2013 Vocals, Guitar Ten Years After
Ric Lee Richard Lee Mansfield 1945- Drums Ten Years After
The Jaybirds
Chicken Shack
Leo Lyons Leo David William Lyons Mansfield 1943- Bass Guitar Ten Years After
The Jaybirds
Hundred Seventy Split
M Birth Name Birthplace Born-Died Instruments Associated with
John Mayall John Mayall Macclesfield, England 1933- Keyboards, Harp, Vocals John Mayall & The Bluesbreakers
Fleetwood Mac
Keef Hartley Band
Eric Clapton
Peter Green
Mick Taylor
Colin Allen
Aynsley Dunbar
Mick Fleetwood
Jack Bruce
John McVie
Chris Barber
Dick Heckstall-Smith
Tom McGuiness Thomas John Patrick McGuinness Wimbledon, London 1941- Bass Guitar McGuiness Flint
Manfred Mann
The Blues Band
Tony McPhee Anthony Charles McPhee Humberston, Lincolnshire 1944- Guitar The Groundhogs
The John Dummer Band
John McVie John Graham McVie Ealing, Middlesex 1945- Bass Guitar John Mayall & The Bluesbreakers
Fleetwood Mac
Zoot Money George Bruno Money Bournemouth, Hampshire 1942- Keyboards Zoot Money's Big Roll Band
The Animals
Alexis Korner
Mick Taylor
Spencer Davis
Alan Price
N Birth Name Birthplace Born-Died Instruments Associated with
O Birth Name Birthplace Born-Died Instruments Associated with
John O'Leary John O'Leary Ireland Harp Savoy Brown
The John Dummer Band
Keith Tillman
Bob Hall
Bob Brunning
The Famous Blues Blasters
Mainsqueeze
Alexis Korner
Aynsley Dunbar
Victor Brox
P Birth Name Birthplace Born-Died Instruments Associated with
Ottilie Patterson Anna Ottilie Patterson Comber, N. Ireland 1932-2011 Singer Chris Barber's Jazz Band
Dave Peverett David Jack Peverett Dulwich, London 1943-2000 Guitar, Vocals Savoy Brown
Alan Price Alan Price Fatfield, County Durham 1942- Keyboards, Vocals The Animals
Alan Price Rhythm & Blues Combo
The Alan Price Set
Eric Burdon
Zoot Money
R Birth Name Birthplace Born-Died Instruments Associated with
Keith Relf William Keith Relf Richmond, Surrey 1943-1976 Singer The Yardbirds
S Birth Name Birthplace Born-Died Instruments Associated with
Kim Simmonds Kim Maiden Simmonds Caerphilly, Wales 1947- Guitar, Vocals Savoy Brown
Jeremy Spencer Jeremy Cedric Spencer Hartlepool, County Durham 1948- Vocals, Guitar, Piano Fleetwood Mac
John Steel John Steel Gateshead, County Durham 1941- Drums The Animals
T Birth Name Birthplace Born-Died Instruments Associated with
Mick Taylor Michael Kevin Taylor Welwyn Garden City 1949- Guitar The Rolling Stones
John Mayall & The Bluesbreakers
Jack Bruce
V Birth Name Birthplace Born-Died Instruments Associated with
Hilton Valentine Hilton Stewart Paterson Valentine North Shields, Northumberland 1943- Guitar The Animals
W Birth Name Birthplace Born-Died Instruments Associated with
Nigel Watson Nigel Watson Guitar Fleetwood Mac
Peter Greens Splinter Group