In Memoriam – British Blues

Here are a series of obituaries, tributes, dedications and biographies in lasting memory of early British blues artists and those involved in the early British blues scene who have sadly passed on.


Long John Baldry

– singer/guitarist and a lifelong stalwart of the British blues


Bob Brunning

– a founder member of Fleetwood Mac and a stalwart of the British blues scene for five decade


Cyril Davies

– British blues pioneer


Spencer Davis

– guitarist and band-leader who popularised black American blues, soul, and rhythm and blues.


Lonnie Donegan

– singer/songwriter known as the ‘King of Skiffle’


Rory Gallagher

– the ‘people’s guitarist


Peter Green

– a bluesman, plain and simple.


Keef Hartley

– drummer and leader of the 60s Keef Hartley Band


Bob Kelly

– one or thse little-known but seminal musicians who influenced many famous names during the 60s blues boom


Brian Knight

– one of the most respected and important figures in British blues history


Paul Oliver

– pre-eminent authority on the blues


Ottilie Patterson

– Northern Irish blues singer


Duffy Power

– ‘the best 60s British blues singer there was’


Dave Raven

– ‘Dave The Rave’ : “Sometime DJ, film maker, boat safety examiner & gadget freak”


Steve Rye

– 60s/70s harmonica player accompaniest of Jo Ann Kelly


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