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)


The Early British Blues Artists Directory …

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

ABirth NameBirthplaceBorn-DiedInstrumentsAssociated with
Colin AllenColin Eric AllenBournemouth, Hampshire1938-DrumsZoot Money's Big Roll Band Dantalian's Chariot
John Mayall & The Bluesbreakers
Mick Taylor
The British Blues Quintet
Johnny AlmondJohnny AlmondEnfield, Middlesex1946-2009SaxAlan Price Set
Fleetwood Mac
John Mayall
Mark Almond
BBirth NameBirthplaceBorn-DiedInstrumentsAssociated with
Long John BaldryJohn William BaldryEast Haddon, Northamptonshire1941-2005SingerBlues Incorporated
Chris BarberDonald Christopher BarberWelwyn Garden City1930-TromboneChris Barber's Band
Lonnie Donegan
Ken Colyer
Graham BondGraham John Clifton BondRomford, Kent1937-1974Singer, Sax, KeyboardsThe Graham Bond Organisation
Don Rendell
Blues Incorporated
Geoff BradfordGeoffrey Frank BradfordIslington, London1934-2014Guitar, VocalsBlues Incorporated
R&B All Stars
Alexis Korner
Brian Jones
Victor BroxVictor BroxAshton-under-Lyne, Lancashire1940-Horns, Keyboards, VocalsAynsley Dunbar Retaliation
Graham Bond
Alexis Korner
John Mayall
Bob BrunningRobert BrunningBournemouth, Hampshire1943-2011Bass guitarFleetwood Mac
Savoy Brown
Eric BurdonEric Victor BurdonNewcastle upon Tyne1941-SingerThe Animals
CBirth NameBirthplaceBorn-DiedInstrumentsAssociated with
Chas ChandlerBryan James ChandlerNewcastle upon Tyne1938-1996Bass Guitar, VocalsThe Animals
The Jimi Hendrix Experience
Chick ChurchillMichael George ChurchillIlkeston, Derbyshire1946-Keyboards, Piano, OrganThe Jaybirds
Ten Years After
DBirth NameBirthplaceBorn-DiedInstrumentsAssociated with
Cyril DaviesCyril DaviesDenham1932-1964Vocals, HarpCyril Davis Allstars
Blues Incorporated
Long John Baldry
Alexis Korner
Lonnie DoneganAnthony James DoneganGlasgow1931-2002Vocals, Guitar, BanjoChris Barber's Jazz Band
Lonnie Donegan's Skiffle Group
John DummerAnthony John DummerSurbiton, Surrey1944-DrumsJohn Dummer Band
Dave Kelly
Jo Ann Kelly
Tony McPhee
Bob Hall
John O'Leary
Pick Withers
Aynsley DunbarAynsley Thomas DunbarLiverpool1946-DrumsThe Aynsley Dunbar Retaliation
The Jeff Beck Group
David Bowie
John Mayall & The Bluesbreakers
Michael Chapman
EBirth NameBirthplaceBorn-DiedInstrumentsAssociated with
Roger EarlRoger EarlHampton Court Palace, London1946-DrumsSavoy Brown
FBirth NameBirthplaceBorn-DiedInstrumentsAssociated with
Georgie FameClive PowellLeigh, Lancashire1943-Vocals, PianoGeorgie Fame & The Blue Flames
Alan Price
Bill Wyman's Rhythm Kings
Van Morrison
Gary FletcherGary FletcherLondonBorn early 1950sBassThe Blues Band
The Dave Kelly Band
The British Blues Allstars
Zoot Money
Pick Withers
Hughie FlintHughie FlintManchester1940-DrumsJohn Mayall & The Bluesbreakers
McGuiness Flint
The Blues Band
GBirth NameBirthplaceBorn-DiedInstrumentsAssociated with
Peter GreenPeter Allen GreenbaumBethnel Green, London1946-Guitar, Harp, VocalsJohn Mayall & The Bluesbreakers
Fleetwood Mac
Peter Green Splinter Group
HBirth NameBirthplaceBorn-DiedInstrumentsAssociated with
Alex HarveyAlexander James HarveyGlasgow, Scotland1935-1982Singer, GuitarThe Sensational Alex Harvey Band
Bob HallRobert HallWest Byfleet, Surrey1942-PianoThe Groundhogs
The Sunflower Blues Band
Savoy Brown
Dave Kelly
Jo Ann Kelly
Alexis Korner
Jack Bruce
Dick Heckstall-SmithRichard Malden Heckstall-SmithLudlow, Shropshire1934-2004Saxophone, Piano, ClarinetBlues Incorporated
The Graham Bond Organisation
John Mayall & The Bluesbreakers
Victor Brox
John O'Leary
Jon HisemanPhilip John HisemanWoolwich, London1944-2018DrumsColosseum
John Mayall & The Bluesbreakers
Graham Bond Organisation
JBirth NameBirthplaceBorn-DiedInstrumentsAssociated with
Brian JonesLewis Brian Hopkin JonesCheltenham, Gloucestershire1942-1969Guitar, harpThe Rolling Stones
Paul JonesPaul PondGosport, Hampshire1942-Vocals, HarpManfred Mann
The Blues Band
The Manfreds
KBirth NameBirthplaceBorn-DiedInstrumentsAssociated with
Dave KellyDavid William KellyStreatham, London1947-Guitar, VocalsThe Blues Band
The John Dummer Band
Jo Ann Kelly
Dave Kelly Band
Jo Ann KellyJo Ann KellyStreatham, London1944-1990SingerDave Kelly
Tony McPhee
The John Dummer Band
Alexis KornerAlexis Andrew Nicholas KoernerParis, France1928-1984Vocals, GuitarBlues Incorporated
Paul KossoffPaul Francis KossoffHampstead, London1950-1976GuitarFree
Black Cat Bones
LBirth NameBirthplaceBorn-DiedInstrumentsAssociated with
Paul LambPaul LambBlyth, Northumberland1955-Vocals, HarpPaul Lamb & The King Snakes
Alvin LeeGraham Anthony BarnesNottingham1944-2013Vocals, GuitarTen Years After
Ric LeeRichard LeeMansfield1945-DrumsTen Years After
The Jaybirds
Chicken Shack
Leo LyonsLeo David William LyonsMansfield1943-Bass GuitarTen Years After
The Jaybirds
Hundred Seventy Split
MBirth NameBirthplaceBorn-DiedInstrumentsAssociated with
John MayallJohn MayallMacclesfield, England1933-Keyboards, Harp, VocalsJohn 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 McGuinessThomas John Patrick McGuinnessWimbledon, London1941-Bass GuitarMcGuiness Flint
Manfred Mann
The Blues Band
Tony McPheeAnthony Charles McPheeHumberston, Lincolnshire1944-GuitarThe Groundhogs
The John Dummer Band
John McVieJohn Graham McVieEaling, Middlesex1945-Bass GuitarJohn Mayall & The Bluesbreakers
Fleetwood Mac
Zoot MoneyGeorge Bruno MoneyBournemouth, Hampshire1942-KeyboardsZoot Money's Big Roll Band
The Animals
Alexis Korner
Mick Taylor
Spencer Davis
Alan Price
NBirth NameBirthplaceBorn-DiedInstrumentsAssociated with
OBirth NameBirthplaceBorn-DiedInstrumentsAssociated with
John O'LearyJohn O'LearyIrelandHarpSavoy Brown
The John Dummer Band
Keith Tillman
Bob Hall
Bob Brunning
The Famous Blues Blasters
Alexis Korner
Aynsley Dunbar
Victor Brox
PBirth NameBirthplaceBorn-DiedInstrumentsAssociated with
Ottilie PattersonAnna Ottilie PattersonComber, N. Ireland1932-2011SingerChris Barber's Jazz Band
Dave PeverettDavid Jack PeverettDulwich, London1943-2000Guitar, VocalsSavoy Brown
Alan PriceAlan PriceFatfield, County Durham1942-Keyboards, VocalsThe Animals
Alan Price Rhythm & Blues Combo
The Alan Price Set
Eric Burdon
Zoot Money
RBirth NameBirthplaceBorn-DiedInstrumentsAssociated with
Keith RelfWilliam Keith RelfRichmond, Surrey1943-1976SingerThe Yardbirds
SBirth NameBirthplaceBorn-DiedInstrumentsAssociated with
Kim SimmondsKim Maiden SimmondsCaerphilly, Wales1947-Guitar, VocalsSavoy Brown
Jeremy SpencerJeremy Cedric SpencerHartlepool, County Durham1948-Vocals, Guitar, PianoFleetwood Mac
John SteelJohn SteelGateshead, County Durham1941-DrumsThe Animals
TBirth NameBirthplaceBorn-DiedInstrumentsAssociated with
Mick TaylorMichael Kevin TaylorWelwyn Garden City1949-GuitarThe Rolling Stones
John Mayall & The Bluesbreakers
Jack Bruce
VBirth NameBirthplaceBorn-DiedInstrumentsAssociated with
Hilton ValentineHilton Stewart Paterson ValentineNorth Shields, Northumberland1943-GuitarThe Animals
WBirth NameBirthplaceBorn-DiedInstrumentsAssociated with
Nigel WatsonNigel WatsonGuitarFleetwood Mac
Peter Greens Splinter Group